Date: May 18, 2021
Media Contact: Curtis Prather
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ALEXANDRIA, VA – On Wednesday, May 12, the Board of Trustees of Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) approved a new mission statement to guide the Seminary community into its Bicentennial and beyond.
“From staff, faculty, and the Board of Trustees, people from all parts of the Seminary community have contributed to crafting the new statement,” said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president. “The previous statement was a light edit of a statement originally crafted in the 1990s. The light edit was written in 2017 and does not reflect where the Seminary is today or strives to be in the future.”
In part, the statement reads: “Led by the Holy Spirit, Virginia Theological Seminary forms and educates leaders who proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and helps others participate in God’s mission throughout the world. We are a racially and culturally diverse residential community of The Episcopal Church, devoted to worship & prayer; teaching & learning; and research & service to the wider church.”
The new mission statement reiterates the Seminary’s commitment to racial and cultural diversity, as outlined in the Seminary Covenant. The Seminary’s dedication to fostering a residential community centered on worship, prayer, teaching, learning, research, and service is evident.
Markham added, “VTS is led by the Holy Spirit and committed to the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The goals of formation and education are clearly there.”
Founded in 1823 as a beacon of hope in a country new and finding its way, Virginia Theological Seminary has led the way in forming leaders of the Episcopal Church, including the Most Rev. John E. Hines (VTS 1933, D.D. 1946), former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church; the Rt. Rev. John T. Walker (VTS 1954, D.D. 1978), the first African-American bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; and theologian, author and lay preacher Ms. Verna J. Dozier (VTS D.D. 1978). Serving the worldwide Anglican Communion, Virginia Theological Seminary educates approximately 25% of those being ordained who received residential theological education. Visit Virginia Seminary online: www.vts.edu.