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Our Mission

About VTS

Virginia Theological Seminary is the flagship seminary of the Episcopal Church. Founded in 1823, VTS prepares women and men from around the world for both ordained and lay service in the Church. Students from every Episcopal province in the United States and from many other countries have found their way to VTS to be shaped by the discipline of worship in an environment committed to learning so that they can serve Christ effectively.

Virginia Theological Seminary has led the way in forming leaders of the Episcopal Church, including the Most Rev. John E. Hines, M.Div. 1933, D.D. 1946 (H), former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church; the Rt. Rev. John T. Walker M.Div. 1954, D.D. 1978 (H), the first African-American bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; and theologian, author, and lay preacher Ms. Verna J. Dozier, D.D. 1978 (H). Serving the worldwide Anglican Communion, Virginia Theological Seminary educates approximately 25% of those being ordained who received residential theological education.

VTS celebrates the richness of the orthodox Christian tradition. We affirm the centrality of the Scriptures, the historic creeds, and our Prayer Book in our learning and living together. We recognize that Christians disagree about much and encourage the conversation as we seek to discern God’s will for our age. Christians across the spectrum are welcome at VTS.

Hours of Operation

Administrative Offices

(703) 370-6600 or
toll free at (800) 941-0083
Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Bishop Payne Library

(703) 461-1733
Open to the VTS Community ONLY, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The Butterfly House

(703) 461-1786
Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


Mon. to Thurs. 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Fri. to Sat. 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Sun. 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm



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Board of Trustees

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Dean Ian Markham

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Mission Statement

Virginia Theological Seminary is a seminary of the Episcopal Church that has since 1823 served to further the universal mission of Christ’s church by providing graduate theological education and serving as a theological resource for the Episcopal Church, the Anglican Communion, and the wider church. In preparing its students as servants of Jesus Christ, as lay and ordained leaders of the church, the Seminary has placed theological education in the context of residential community marked by common life and worship.

Seeking to equip the people of God for their vocation and ministry in the world, Virginia Theological Seminary has emphasized the preparation of persons for the ministries of preaching, teaching, pastoral care, and social justice. Born from the Anglican evangelical tradition, Virginia Theological Seminary has been formed by the diversity with Anglicanism, the larger ecumenical vision, and the increased understanding of the racial and cultural diversity of the needs and reality of the church in mission.

With primary attention to the needs of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, the mission of Virginia Theological Seminary continues to be:

  • to form men and women for lay and ordained leadership within community,
  • to provide continuing theological education for clergy and laity,
  • to serve the Anglican Communion and the wider Church,
  • to provide an ecumenical, international, and cross-cultural context for theological education,
  • to be an outstanding theological resource for students, scholars, the church, and the larger public, and
  • to be a racially and ethnically diverse community in living out our mission.

Multicultural Ministries

The Office of Multicultural Ministries celebrates the racial and ethnic diversity within the church and the world.

Multicultural Ministries Reparations

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