Virginia Theological Seminary

Virginia Theological Seminary Forming Leaders, Living in Community, Serving the Church and the World

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. Founded in 1823, Virginia Seminary is the largest of the 10 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church.

We are super excited to be a supporting partner of this new film A Case for Love! Inspired by the teachings of Bishop Cu...
01/08/2024

We are super excited to be a supporting partner of this new film A Case for Love! Inspired by the teachings of Bishop Curry, it explores whether unselfish love can solve the extreme societal and political divide facing the U.S. The film will be shown for one night only on January 23 at more than 1,000 movie theaters around the country. Don't miss this thought-provoking and moving documentary!
Watch the trailer and buy tickets here: www.acaseforlovemovie.com

01/05/2024

Doctoral applications now due January 16th!
Our doctoral applications are now due January 16th. We are eager to receive your applications and learn more about your interest in VTS. Please reach out to our Admissions team with any questions.
Link to apply:
https://virginiatheological.mycampus-app.com/app /apply.

Forming Leaders, Living in Community, Serving the Church and the World

01/04/2024

Listen in as Claire, our International VTS student from the Diocese of Taiwan shares her enriching experience at Virginia Theological Seminary. We feel honored to provide education to seminarians from diverse corners of the world.

We’re immensely grateful for the support our students  are receiving during their General Ordination Exams! A special th...
01/03/2024

We’re immensely grateful for the support our students are receiving during their General Ordination Exams! A special thanks to this incredible team on standby, ready to assist our exam takers.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all our students undertaking the General Ordination Exams (GOE). We have faith in your...
01/02/2024

Our thoughts and prayers are with all our students undertaking the General Ordination Exams (GOE). We have faith in your abilities and believe that you will excel in your endeavors.

Happy New Year to the entire   family!
01/02/2024

Happy New Year to the entire family!

12/29/2023

Curious about life within the Virginia Theological Seminary family? Hear firsthand from MDiv student Christian, who sums up VTS in one word: SUPPORT.

Discover the latest composition, "Love Came Down at Christmas," crafted by our own Dr. Marty Wheeler Burnett.
12/28/2023

Discover the latest composition, "Love Came Down at Christmas," crafted by our own Dr. Marty Wheeler Burnett.

Recorded December 17, 2023 at Immanuel Chapel, Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Virginia at the annual Advent Service of Lessons and Carols and Pre...

Hats off to all our students ordained in the year 2023! We take immense pride in your accomplishments and the strides yo...
12/27/2023

Hats off to all our students ordained in the year 2023! We take immense pride in your accomplishments and the strides you've made in your journey. Congratulations!

12/26/2023
We extend heartfelt wishes for a joyous Christmas to you and your family, from the entire VTS family!
12/25/2023

We extend heartfelt wishes for a joyous Christmas to you and your family, from the entire VTS family!

What a moving reflection from   alum Andrew Connor!
12/23/2023

What a moving reflection from alum Andrew Connor!

12/22/2023

Find out why we are so excited about the new Christian Formation track for our Doctoral programs from those who are running it! Read more about this and other tracks here: https://vts.edu/admissions-academics/degrees/
Application deadline is January 10, 2024, for a Spring 2024 start!

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  faculty and staff enjoyed a fantastic holiday luncheon at the Deanery! Grateful for our wonderful dean and family. Wis...
12/22/2023

faculty and staff enjoyed a fantastic holiday luncheon at the Deanery! Grateful for our wonderful dean and family. Wishing everyone happy holidays!

Congratulations to Ellen Wofford Hawkins who was awarded the Dean’s Cross for Servant Leadership in recognition of her d...
12/21/2023

Congratulations to Ellen Wofford Hawkins who was awarded the Dean’s Cross for Servant Leadership in recognition of her deep faith and ability to bring sunshine into the lives of others. The Dean’s Cross, which is the highest honor VTS confers, was awarded to Hawkins by Dean Markham on Sunday, December 17, 2023 at the Lessons and Carols service.

12/21/2023

Please note, VTS is closed from lunchtime on Thursday, December 21 until Tuesday, January 2.
We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Check out these photos from the Dedication of our Welcome Center by the Rt. Rev. Mark Stevenson, Bishop of the Diocese o...
12/20/2023

Check out these photos from the Dedication of our Welcome Center by the Rt. Rev. Mark Stevenson, Bishop of the Diocese of Virginia. A huge thank you to those who made this possible! The St. Nicholas Exhibit was a gift from the David and Carol Myers Foundation. The St. Francis Gallery crèche collection was a gift from The Rev. Linda Wofford Hawkins and The Rev. James Barney Hawkins IV, Ph.D. In addition, the Welcome Table and Welcome Desk were gifts from Hoben Thomas, Ph.D., and the first-floor gallery that honors the ministry of The Rt. Rev. Phillips Brooks was enhanced by a leadership gift from The Rev. Robert D. Flanagan, D.Min., and Mrs. Elaine Flanagan.

12/20/2023

When prompted to encapsulate VTS in a single word, seminarian middler, Ignacio Solano chose “Family!” Check out these videos In English and Spanish to understand his word selection.

We take immense pride in our Students of Color Union (SOCU) at VTS. Enjoy these glimpses from the (SOCU) Celebration, co...
12/19/2023

We take immense pride in our Students of Color Union (SOCU) at VTS. Enjoy these glimpses from the (SOCU) Celebration, commemorating the end of the semester!

Repost Via Lisa WorkWords can barely contain the whirlwind of emotions after Saturday’s ordination. Every moment whisper...
12/18/2023

Repost Via Lisa Work
Words can barely contain the whirlwind of emotions after Saturday’s ordination. Every moment whispered God’s presence, weaving a golden tapestry of grace. ✨
It all started with a sweet reminder from a card Mark gave me, featuring Jeremiah 29:11: ‘For I know the plans I have for you... to give you hope and a future.’ ✨ This promise beautifully set the tone for the day.
The first lectionary reading from Jeremiah deeply resonated with me: ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.’ It served as another powerful reminder of my calling, a testament to the divine guidance that has led me to this point.
The sight of friends and mentors from various chapters of my life gathered in the cathedral filled my heart with immense gratitude.
Bishop Audrey Scanlan’s sermon continues to echo within me, reminding us all, ‘You are right where you need to be.’ She concluded with the words of the hymn ‘Now the Silence’:
‘Now the silence, Now the peace
Now the empty hands uplifted...
Now Now Now’
The moment Bishop laid hands on my head, praying, ‘...Make her, O Lord, modest and humble, strong and constant, to observe the discipline of Christ...’ was deeply moving, reinforcing my commitment to this path.
I am overflowing with gratitude for this journey with God. ‘Jesus, confirm my heart’s desire...’ resonates. As I continue to take the next steps towards priesthood, I keep these words close to my heart, a guiding prayer on this sacred path. 🙏

Please join us today for the Opening and Dedication of the Welcome Center by the Rt. Rev. Mark Stevenson, Bishop of the ...
12/17/2023

Please join us today for the Opening and Dedication of the Welcome Center by the Rt. Rev. Mark Stevenson, Bishop of the Diocese of Virginia, at 3PM, followed by a service of Lessons and Carols, including the presentation of The Dean’s Cross to Ellen Wofford Hawkins, at 4.30PM. Livestream links are below.

The Opening and Dedication of the Welcome Center livestream link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6kwdfyMY7A
The service of Lessons and Carols, including the presentation of The Dean’s Cross livestream link: https://youtube.com/live/YBsJfU_McGA

“Thank you Hawkins’ family for the many gifts you all gave this place.” Dean Markham reflects on the many contributions ...
12/15/2023

“Thank you Hawkins’ family for the many gifts you all gave this place.” Dean Markham reflects on the many contributions the Hawkins family have made to VTS since the Rev. Dr. Barney Hawkins first took up a post at the seminary in 2000. This Sunday his daughter Ellen Hawkins will be awarded the Dean’s Cross for Servant Leadership, the highest honor VTS confers. Read Dean Markham's reflection here: https://vts.edu/deans-commentary/ms-ellen-hawkins/

While our VTS students are hard at work studying and preparing for final exams, projects, and papers, Faculty are just a...
12/13/2023

While our VTS students are hard at work studying and preparing for final exams, projects, and papers, Faculty are just as busy preparing to grade the submissions! We are almost at the finish line of the fall semester!

Today, we held a special multicultural Eucharist celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe, with guest preacher the Rev. Yoimel ...
12/13/2023

Today, we held a special multicultural Eucharist celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe, with guest preacher the Rev. Yoimel González Hernán. The service was conducted in both Spanish and English.

12/12/2023
Our VTS students channeled Old Hollywood Glamour at the 2023 Advent Affair!
12/11/2023

Our VTS students channeled Old Hollywood Glamour at the 2023 Advent Affair!

Join us in person or online on Sunday, December 17 at 3PM, for the Opening and Dedication of the Welcome Center by the R...
12/08/2023

Join us in person or online on Sunday, December 17 at 3PM, for the Opening and Dedication of the Welcome Center by the Rt. Rev. Mark Stevenson, Bishop of the Diocese of Virginia, followed by a service of Lessons and Carols, including the presentation of The Dean’s Cross to Ellen Wofford Hawkins, at 4.30PM.
See the comment section for additional information.

Congratulations to Karin Ekholm and Natalie Tinner on their ordination to the diaconate, which took place on December 2n...
12/07/2023

Congratulations to Karin Ekholm and Natalie Tinner on their ordination to the diaconate, which took place on December 2nd, 2023, at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore, Maryland.

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