About the Dean
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. is the 14th dean and president of Virginia Theological Seminary. A respected authority within The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion in systematic theology, social ethics, and religious diversity, Markham is committed to nurturing critical thinking Christian leaders, both lay and ordained, who will serve as God’s witness to the world.
In 2007, Markham was appointed dean and president of Virginia Theological Seminary. Before being called to VTS, he served as dean and professor of theology and ethics at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, and as visiting professor of globalization, ethics, and Islam at Leeds Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom. He also served on the faculty of Liverpool Hope University and the University of Exeter.
When the 1881 Chapel at VTS was lost to fire, the Dean led the capital campaign for the construction of the new Immanuel Chapel, designed by Robert A. M. Stern.
During the Bicentennial Campaign, he facilitated $40 million of campus renovation funded by a campaign that is currently at $49 million. And as the Seminary approached its 200th anniversary, Dean Markham led the Board to create a Reparations Fund of $1.7 million in recognition of the work of enslaved persons on the campus. Under the Dean’s tenure, revised scholarship packages have led to increased enrollment, increased selectivity, and growth in the diversity of the student body.
In addition to his role as dean and president, Markham has been serving as priest associate at St. Paul’s Church in Alexandria since 2007. He is also currently on the board of St. Stephens & St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Virginia.
He is married to Lesley Markham and they have one grown son, Luke.
A trained Christian ethicist and biblical scholar, Markham is a prolific author and editor of numerous books, including:
• Against Atheism: Why Dawkins, Hitchens, and Harris Are Fundamentally Wrong
• An Introduction to Ministry: A Primer for Renewed Life and Leadership in Mainline Protestant Congregations
• An Introduction to Said Nursi: Life, Thoughts, and Writings
• A World Religions Reader
• Do Morals Matter?
• The New Apologetics: At the Intersection of Secularism, Science, and Spirituality
• Prophetic Preaching: The Hope or the Curse of the Church?
• Reasonable Radical?: Reading the Writings of Martyn Percy
• Understanding Christian Doctrine
• Words That Listen: A Literary Companion to the Lectionary