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Alexandria, VA


Anglican Endeavors: Tanzania

Fall 2009


Welcome Lisa Kimball


New Major Gifts Leader

Message from the Dean

Poised for Success: A New Semester Begins The news from the “other” Hill (Capitol Hill) has been stormy. The summer has been dominated by the arguments over healthcare reform. The news from this Hill (the Holy Hill) has been calm. The summer has been dominated by a continuing changing campus, a strong set of programs in the DMin and MA in Christian Education, and preparation for the new intake of Juniors. I am pleased to welcome Dr. Lisa Kimbell to the campus as our new Director of the Center for the Ministry of Teaching, and the Rev. Charles Fischer III who is serving as our Director of Alumni, Annual Fund, and Church Relations. I am deeply grateful to God for so many positive indicators around the Seminary. Just to highlight a few: recently my wife and I entertained the MA in Christian Education alums to a Sunday Brunch in the Deanery, which was followed by a Holy Eucharist. The energy in the room was palpable; here were gifted Christian educators making a difference to the Church. The dinner at

General Convention was a delight, and it was the perfect venue to honor the hard work of the Rev. Joseph Constant and launch his book No Turning Back: The Black Presence of Virginia Theological Seminary, a pioneering study of the African American experience at Virginia Theological Seminary. Our Juniors are enjoying August term and are filling the campus with laughter and energy. We are truly a national and international Seminary – as students from around the United States and the Anglican Communion come here to study.



The Rt. Rev. James J. Shand Chairman of the Board Ms. Sissy Poland Vice Chairman of the Board The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President Dr. Timothy F. Sedgwick Vice President The Rev. Dr. J. Barney Hawkins IV Vice President Ms. Heather Zdancewicz Vice President, Assistant Treasurer & Assistant Secretary Dr. David H. Charlton Secretary/Treasurer

The Rt. Rev. James J. Shand Mrs. Auguste J. Bannard (2011) Mr. David Booth Beers (2010) Ms. Ana-Mita Betancourt (2010) Mr. Julian M. Bivins, Jr. (2012) The Rev. Catherine M. Campbell (2014) The Rt. Rev. John Bryson Chane Dr. David H. Charlton (2011) The Rev. Canon Thomas G. Clarke (2012) The Rev. Dr. Harold J. Cobb, Jr. (2013) The Rev. Carlotta A. Cochran (2014) The Rev. Dr. Robert S. Dannals (2010) Dr. Lynwood D. I. Day (2013) Mr. W. Carter Doswell (2013) Mr. A. Hugh Ewing III (2013) The Rev. Dr. M. Douglas Girardeau (2010) Mrs. Martha W. High (2014) The Rt. Rev. Herman Hollerith IV Ms. Elizabeth Cabell Jennings (2014) The Rt. Rev. Shannon S. Johnston The Rev. R. Kevin Kelly (2013) The Rt. Rev. William (Mike) Michie Klusmeyer The Rev. Thomas M. Kryder-Reid (2012)


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Yours in Christ,

This is going to be an interesting fall. Our graduates from last June will be the first class on the “Second Three Years” program; together they will start work on the challenge of succeeding in ministry. We have our Alumni/ ae Convocation – an opportunity to relate Christian Education in our diverse world. At the Convention, we will be launching our new audio tour. This is an historic campus, which has played an important role in the life of America. This audio tour will enable us to widen our group of friends and connect with those who are interested in understanding the past.

Virginia Theological Seminary

On the Cover: Graduates from the Class of 2009 lining up for the commencement procession. Photo by Alix Dorr.

As you read this News from the Hill, please take a moment to pray for the Seminary. Please pray that we might be faithful and thoughtful. And take a moment to thank God for the work that God is performing in this place.

The Rev. Thomas A. Lacy II (2011) Ms. Angelica D. Light (2012) Mr. James R. Lowe, Jr. (2013) The Rev. Dr. Andrew J. MacBeth (2012) Mr. M. Lee Marston (2014) Mrs. Sissy Poland (2012) The Rt. Rev. F. Neff Powell The Rev. Dr. Allen F. Robinson (2010) The Rev. Dr. Stanley W. Sawyer (2014) The Rev. Dr. William R. Shiflet, Jr. (2013) The Rt. Rev. Eugene T. Sutton Dr. William G. Thomas III (2010) The Rev. Christine R. Whittaker (2013) The Rev. J. Douglas Wigner, Jr. (2014)

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS The Rev. Charles L Fischer III The Rev. C. Neal Goldsborough

FACULTY REPRESENTATIVES Dr. Mitzi J. Budde The Rev. Robert W. Prichard, Ph.D.

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE The Rev. Matthew R. Hanisian (‘10) Student Body President

Virginia Seminary Students Receive Prestigious National Fellowships

Welcome Class of 2012! The August term at Virginia Seminary began with 59 incoming students from 26 domestic dioceses, eight domestic provinces, and four countries including Haiti, the Philippines, Israel, and South Africa.

Two VTS students have been awarded fellowships from The Fund for Theological Education (FTE), a national, ecumenical advocate for excellence in pastoral ministry and theological scholarship that awards $1.5 million in fellowships annually. Middler, Timothy C. Baer (MDiv, Diocese of Oklahoma), was awarded $10,000 for educational expenses and to fund a self-designed project to enrich his formation as a ministerial leader. Junior, Audrey O’Brien (MDiv, Diocese of Massachusetts), will receive a $2,000 – $5,000 Congregational Fellowship, which matches support from her nominating congregation, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Natick, Massachusetts. Both students were recognized as young leaders who demonstrate exceptional gifts for ministry.

Ian Markham Releases Third Edition of World Religions Reader A third edition of the popular A World Religions Reader, edited by Dean Markham and Christy Lohr, associate editor of Hartford Seminary’s Reviews in Religion & Theology, has been released by WileyBlackwell. This latest edition of the Reader has been revised and update to reflect the vibrant role religion plays in the twenty-first century and includes new chapters on Indigenous Religions, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, and Emerging Religions. The Reader can be purchased at the Cokesbury bookstore on campus.

Twenty percent of the Class of 2012 falls into the minority category, fulfilling one of the Seminary’s goals to be a racially and ethnically diverse community.

On the Holy Hill Archbishop of Canterbury Appoints Dr. Grieb to Anglican Commission on Unity, Faith and Order The Rev. A. Katherine Grieb, Ph.D., professor of New Testament, has been appointed to the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission for Unity, Faith and Order (IASCUFO), a new commission established by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion following extensive consultation with the Provinces of the Communion around the world.

Sixty-one percent of the entering students this year are working toward the Master of Divinity degree (MDiv), while the remaining 39% are working toward a Master in Theological Studies (MTS), a Master of Arts in Christian Education (MACE), a Master of Arts in Christian Education/Youth Ministry (MACEYM), or are enrolled in the Anglican Studies program. The median age of all students entering in the fall is 36.5 (33 for MDiv); 58% are women, 42% are men; 58% of entering students are married/partnered, 42% are single. Fifty-four percent of the incoming MDiv students are in their 20’s and 30’s; 33% in their 50’s and 60’s. Pictured left to right: Entering students, Carrie English, Matthew Wright, and Mary Mackin (MDiv).

Beginning in 2009, the Commission, which will be chaired by the Most Rev. Bernard Ntahoturi, primate of the Anglican Church of Burundi, will oversee the ecumenical life of the Anglican Communion, and will promote the deepening of communion between the Anglican Communion and other Christian Churches and traditions. The Commission will also advise the Provinces, the Primates, the Anglican Consultative Council, and the Archbishop of Canterbury on all questions of ecumenical engagement as well as on questions of Anglican Faith and Order. News from the Hill · Fall 2009


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Anglican Endeavours:



n his trip to Tanzania this past June, Dean Markham had the honor of giving the commencement address at the Msalato Theological College in Dodoma, Tanzania. Thanks to the organizational skills of VTS alum the Rev. Sandra McCann (‘03), the Dean was also able to give a five-session presentation at the College’s first annual theological conference.

“The Church is growing in Tanzania because of the love and dedication of so many individuals willing to sacrifice so much for the glory of God” Josiah Rengers ‘11

Assisting Markham in the conference entitled “Engaging the Muslim and African Traditionalist”, was the Rev. Hilda Kabia who presented the local attitudes and issues of the Muslims in central Tanzania, and the Rev. Canon Moses Matonya, principal and lecturer in New Testament and Mission at Msalato, who offered insight on African Traditional Religions. VTS’ relationship with Tanzania also extends to the village of Mgunga, where


VTS has adopted 50 children through a diocesan project called Carpenter’s Kids. Through the program, VTS will supply the children with school uniforms and daily lunch for the next five years. Following a visit to see the Carpenter’s Kids, Markham was made Honorary Chief of Mgunga and was offered several gifts, including a goat. Paralleling Markham’s visit to Tanzania, was a VTS immersion trip led by Dr. Jacques Hadler, director of Field Education. Participating in the month-long trip were Leslie Steffensen, coordinator for VTS’ Center for Anglican Communion Studies, who taught Children’s Ministry; Josiah Rengers, a middler from the Diocese of West Virginia, and Meredith Holt, a senior from the Diocese of Texas. Josiah, who worked in the Diocese of Central Tanganyika in a rural parish, shadowed the parish priest for two weeks learning about the struggles and joys of life there. The villagers welcomed Josiah with singing, dancing, and uulations. Wrote Josiah

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about his trip, “By coincidence the Diocese of West Virginia, my home diocese, and the Diocese of Central Tanganyika developed a relationship between bishops some years ago. Not only was that relationship remembered by many priests in Tanzania, I was also shown many pictures of a former West Virginia Bishop visiting Tanzania, and a Tanzanian Bishop visiting West Virginia. That helped highlight the universal foundation of the

Anglican Communion that stretches around the world, and the value of developing those relationships.” Meredith taught a course on Women in the Bible and on Genesis at Msalato Theological College. During the final weeks, Meredith explored the Anglican Church in Coastal Tanzania and on the Island of Zanzibar. “Throughout my trip,” wrote Meredith in the July 14 VTS Anglican Commentary, “I was struck most profoundly by the vitality and strength of theological formation in Dodoma, the radical building of the church in Dar es Salaam and the perseverance of the persecuted church in Zanzibar.”

Pictured top left: Josiah Rengers contemplates his visit to Central Tanganyika. Above: Meredith Holt is greeted in true Tanzania style. Left: Dean Markham is made honorary Chief of Mgunga.

Institute for Christian Formation & Leadership

What’s New? The Prayer Book at 30 This month, the 1979 Book of Common Prayer turns 30. In acknowledgement of this anniversary, Virginia Seminary is sponsoring a series of lectures entitled The 1979 Book of Common Prayer Then/The 1979 Book of Common Prayer Now: The Prayer Book at 30 which will examine the expectations for, the experience in use of, and the continuing explorations of the potentials of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. The next lecture will take place on: Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 4:00 p.m. “Non-Eucharistic Worship since 1979” with guest speaker, Sister Jean Campbell For more information, visit

Shakespeare Lecture October 14, 2009 Join VTS at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington for a pre-performance presentation by the Rev. Dr. Roger Ferlo, VTS associate dean and professor of Religion and Culture, and Mr. Akiva Fox, literary associate, Shakespeare Theatre Company. The performance begins at 5:00 p.m. Tickets to the pre-performance discussion and the performance are available through the Shakespeare Theatre box office at 202-5457-1122.

Fridays at the Seminary - November 6, 2009 “Religion and the Young Adult - A Different Way of Believing?”

Join Dr. David Gortner, professor of evangelism and congregational life at VTS, to consider the ways that young adults (20’s and 30’s) think about religion and the spiritual life. Whether you work with young adults, mentor one, parent one, or consider yourself one, there is much to learn about the future of relgious life in America. For more information, visit


The CMT Welcomes New Director

irginia Seminary welcomes to campus Dr. Lisa Kimball, the new Director of the Center for the Ministry of Teaching (CMT) and Professor of Christian Formation and Congregational Leadership. Kimball served as a faculty member of the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota and a Research Scientist for Search Institute’s Center for Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence. She brings over 20-years of experience working as a lay professional educator, youth minister and leadership trainer in the Episcopal Church.

Describing herself as a “bridge-person,” Kimball emphasizes the importance of knowing how to build collaborations and community partnerships across lines of religion, language, race and class. “To do that,” stresses Kimball, “lay and clergy leaders must know their own stories of faith well enough to welcome challenging dialogue.” “As I see it,” says Kimball, “the mission of

As a member of the ICFL faculty, Kimball will have oversight of the CMT and will teach courses at the master’s and doctoral levels in Christian education, faith development, and other aspects of practical theology in parish, school, camp and other settings.

the CMT is to make God’s promise of being loved and forgiven through Jesus Christ incarnate in trustworthy, resource-rich relationships, high quality, multi-media educational materials and research initiatives for a diverse Church.”

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n May, the Seminary’s 186th Commencement was held. Sixty-three diplomas were awarded and the commencement address was given by the Rt. Rev. Barbara Harris, suffragan bishop, retired, Diocese of Massachusetts. To watch Bishop Harris’ commencement address, visit the Media Gallery on the VTS Web site ( Honorary degrees were conferred upon the Rev. Benjamin Pfohl Campbell, pastoral director of Richmond Hill in Richmond, Virginia; the Rev. Dr. Carl P. Daw, Jr., executive director of The Hymn Society in Boston, Massachusetts; and Mr. Donnie E. Wheatley, executive director of Boys’ Home, Inc. in Covington, Virginia.


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Office of Alumni Affairs



y first month as Director of Alumni, Annual Giving and Church Relations has been much like a ride at Disneyland (only appropriate after leaving General Convention in Anaheim), a true season of transition. I went from being a student to becoming staff, deacon to priest, from my apartment to a house, a new school for my son, and most importantly for my wife, from being unemployed to employed. Yes, it has its ups and downs but the ride is exciting; after getting off one only thinks about riding this roller coaster again. But I can look back and say, “I did it.” Virginia Seminary is entering into a new chapter in our long history here in Alexandria. The Seminary, able to weather the storms of ages past, has once again made it through another a bit battered and possibly scarred but still standing. We are also stronger because of the experience. The Episcopal Church is in the midst of redirecting its own mission, seeking to be relevant to the nation

and the world. The world, or more specifically, the Anglican Communion may not understand and may disagree with our Church but it is up to the priests, pastors, teachers, scholars and faithful churchmen and women who have been educated at VTS to help foster healthy relationships with all throughout the Anglican Communion. As we have in ages past, we will get through all of this, looking back and saying “We did it!” I encourage all of you to attend our Fall Convocation October 6 & 7, 2009. We look forward to hosting you as you reconnect with classmates and friends. The classes of 1949, 1954 and 1959 will be special guests of the Seminary as they celebrate their 60th, 55th and 50th anniversaries of their graduation from VTS. The Office of Alumni Relations will host a special dinner to honor these gentlemen on Monday, October 5th. Please contact Monina Pangan, your class steward, or me for more information. In Christ, Charles L Fischer, III

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John Yieh Receives Faculty Research Award


he Rev. John Y.H. Yieh, Ph.D., professor of New Testament, is the recipient of the 2009 Suzanne F. Thomas Faculty Research Award. Yieh, an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA), has taught New Testament at Virginia Seminary since 1995. Before joining the faculty, Yieh served on the faculties at Bangor Theological Seminary in Maine and Andover Newton Theological School in Boston. The Suzanne F. Thomas Faculty Research Award is given annually to a member of the Seminary’s faculty to support faculty research and foster excellence in scholarship at VTS. The award is given at the discretion of the Dean of the Seminary. Yieh completed his Ph.D. in Religious Studies (specializing in New Testament Studies) at Yale University. Prior to that, he received an M.A. and a M. Phil. in Religious Studies from Yale University, an M.Div. from

Taiwan Theological Seminary, an M.A. in English Literature from FuZen Catholic University and a B. A. in Foreign Languages from Tunghai University. Dr. Yieh is author of The Concise Greek-Chinese Dictionary of the New Testament (United Bible Societies, 1989), One Teacher: Jesus’ Teaching Role in Matthew’s Gospel Report (de Gruyter, 2004), and Making Sense of the Sermon on the Mount (Grove, 2007). He has also published several essays on the history of Chinese Biblical interpretation. Currently, Yieh is writing a book entitled Lives of the Bible in China which introduces and analyzes the characteristics and consequences of Chinese biblical hermeneutics in the reception history of the Christian Bible in modern China. He has served on the steering committees for the “Bible in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Caribbean” program groups as well as the Asian and Asian-American Biblical Hermeneutics’ group in the Society of Biblical Literature. He has also served as President of the MidAtlantic Region of the SBL. The VTS Suzanne F. Thomas Faculty Research Award was established in July 2005 in honor of Suzanne F. Thomas of Aylett, Virginia and her strong commitment to excellence in education and the mission of the Episcopal Church. Throughout her distinguished career of service to education and the Church, Suzanne Thomas has encouraged research and scholarship as a key ingredient to excellence in teaching and the vital mission of institutions of greater learning.

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Faculty News World Missioner, Rich Jones, is First Al-Alwani Chair in Muslim Christian Dialogue The Washington Theological Consortium (WTC) has announced that the Rev. Dr. Richard Jones, retired professor of Mission and World Religions at Virginia Seminary, will be the first recipient of the Al-Alwani Chair in Muslim Christian Dialogue. The Washington Theological Consortium is a community of theological institutions of diverse Christian traditions whose mission is to witness to Christian unity and to provide an ecumenical context for equipping leaders while seeking a deeper appreciation of other world religions.

Jacques Hadler’s Family Systems Class Now Offered Online Rev. Jacques Hadler’s course, An Introduction to the Application of Bowen Family Systems Theory to Ministry, can now be accessed through the VTS Web site thanks to a new online initiative called “VTS Without Walls”. Through “VTS Without Walls”, individuals and groups from all over the world can access deep discussions about ministry and leadership happening here on Holy Hill and beyond. “VTS Without Walls” fulfills a key component of the Seminary’s Strategic Plan, in which we are living toward more web-based educational resources for persons in the larger Washington, D.C. area and for the church beyond. Additional videos will be added in the weeks and months to come, giving helpful resources to dioceses who train priests locally a unique opportunity to witness the conversations happening on the “Holy Hill.” Visit www.

Joseph Constant’s New Book Addresses Plight Against Institutional Racism


he Rev. Joseph M. Constant, director of Ethnic Ministries and Student Life at Virginia Seminary, release a new book this past July, No Turning Back: the Black Presence at Virginia Theological Seminary (Evergreen Press), which endeavors to capture the story of racism in the life of Virginia Seminary and the Bishop Payne Divinity School. No Turning Back was written in response to the 2006 General Convention Resolution A123 in which The Episcopal Church resolved to “acknowledge its history of participation in [slavery] and the deep and lasting injury which the institution of slavery and its aftermath have inflicted on society and on the Church.” The letter of apology from Dean Markham included in the

“These men and women have given all of themselves, heart and soul to a church that’s still figuring out how to integrate them.” The Rev. Joseph M. Constant

book is an explicit acknowledgement of the Seminary’s own failures and is reflective of the commitment of the Seminary to address its own failures in eradicating racism. No Turning Back also ensures that the rich history and tradition in the Episcopal Church amongst African Americans--particularly as it relates to theological education at VTS--is not lost. “The total impact of this book is striking,” said Dean Markham. “It is a powerful analysis and narrative of an institution’s interaction with unjust structures and a powerful challenge to us all to make the world different for the future.” In addition to an introduction and contributions by the Rev. Lloyd A. Lewis, Jr., Ph.D., the Seminary’s Molly Laird Downs Professor of New Testament, the book includes a historical narrative and interviews with several of the black graduates of VTS. “My interviews with the graduates of the Seminary,” said Constant, “bear witness to the fact that those who are

concerned with racial justice must pay close attention to the future of theological education since there is ‘no turning back.’” A 2003 graduate of VTS, Constant came to the Seminary following service at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC. Born in Haiti, Constant is the founder of the Haiti-Micah Project, an organization that addresses the most basic needs of impoverished and uneducated street children in Haiti. To order a copy of No Turning Back, please contact the Cokesbury Bookstore at 703-461-1768.

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Student Body President

Student News The history and legacy of VTS is of raising up and forming leaders for a variety of work within God’s church and the world. And while some of these leadership characteristics may be formed before coming to seminary, it is here at VTS that these characteristics of leadership are encouraged and honed for helping to lead the people of God.


s the new student body president for this academic year, I am very pleased to work alongside the other elected Student Body Officers. They include: Vice-President, Geoff Evans, (M.Div. ’10) from the diocese of Alabama, Christine Faulstich, (M. Div. ’10) from the diocese of Texas, and Melissa Bruckart, (M. Div. ’11) from the diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania. Each has an abiding love for VTS and cares deeply about the positions they hold. I am excited to have such a great team with which to collaborate for the coming year.

As the incoming students arrive and we get to know them, I am excited to discover the unique gifts and talents they bring to enrich our community. I am also excited by the fact that they, like countless graduates of VTS before them, will go forth into the world leading the churches in their own dioceses but also helping to shape and lead the larger Episcopal Church both now and in the years to come.

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

England: The Archbishop of Canterbury shared his tea with Patrick Greene (MDiv. ‘10) who, in turn, shared his tatts.

In Christ, Matthew Hanisian Diocese of Southern Ohio Below: Members of the Class of 2012 on a day-trip to Washington. Photo courtesy of Ms. Lara Shine.

Junior, Shawn Strout, spent his summer in a Spanish immersion program, visiting some of the missions in the Copan region of Honduras.

From left to right: seniors Sandy Webb and Chris Robinson served with Annie Cumberland (VTS ‘07) and fellow senior Christine Faulstich as adult staff members at Camp Bratton-Green in Mississippi.

Office of Institutional Advancement

The Practice of Gratefulness


n my News from the Hill article last spring, I wrote about the Seminary’s financial crisis and it’s profound effect on our community. This summer, I have found myself intentionally practicing gratitude. On vacation I gave thanks for a different routine; for the beauty of our mountain home; for my quirky but beloved fatherin-law who passed away this July; for the opportunity to preach at the August installation of Lonnie Lacy at St. Anne’s Church in Tifton, Georgia; and for the generosity of family and friends. A grateful heart seems right for a summer day that is perfect in every way. And although I was frustrated by the entire process of General Convention, it did leave me with one abiding thought: many people love this Church. I was grateful for small moments in Anaheim: seeing an old friend; having a drink and a good laugh at the end of the day; and being inspired by heavenward music at the services of worship. George Herbert has written: “Thou hast given so much to us…give one thing more a grateful heart.” This summer I have offered up Herbert’s well-worn words in my own prayers about my own life and for this Seminary. Here on the Holy Hill, there is much that commends the practice of gratefulness. Out of grateful hearts, alums and friends have been generous to the Seminary in the last fiscal year, and we raised a record amount: $734,000. It was still less than our goal of $850,000—but the glass is half full not half empty. All giving, restricted and unrestricted, was slightly under $2.2m. That’s a very good year: We have been given so much. I am grateful for the hard-working team in Institutional Advancement who kept their eye on the prize in this year of considerable external economic pressure and stressful internal restructuring. This coming year, July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010, we want to move toward $2.1m for our unrestricted Annual Fund—from $734,000 to $2.1m. Now that is a bold practice in gratefulness! We need a great number of people to give us $1,000 or more and thereby become part of the Twenty-First Century Fund at Virginia Theological Seminary. We are grateful that we are a Seminary for the 21st Century. We need your financial support to serve the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. To deliver our Strategic Plan and to live into our mission, we need many generous and grateful hearts. I am very grateful for the many gifts that made possible our mission in the past year. I prefer “God is good!” to “Life is good.” Practice gratefulness and come see us on the Holy Hill—where God is good everyday. James Barney Hawkins IV Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Office of Institutional Advancement Welcomes Chris Northrup Chris Northrup is the new Leadership and Planned Giving Officer in the Office of Institutional Advancement. Northrup, who joined the Seminary staff on August 4, is responsible for increasing participation in the seminary’s planned giving legacy society and will help develop strategies for cultivating major gifts. Northrup has been a professional fundraiser for the last ten years. He was the Director of Major and Planned Giving at Shenandoah University. He solicited Shentel Corporation’s donation of $750,000 over ten years for naming rights to the university stadium, the first corporate naming for a Division III college athletic facility in the country. Northrup was the Director of Development for the Virginia College Fund in Northern Virginia and served as a campaign consultant for many organizations such as The Evans Home for Children, the Shelter for Abused Women, and St. Luke’s Community Clinic. He has served on many non profit boards including WestMinster Canterbury, (current), the Rotary Club, and Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum. He was head of the worship committee while on the vestry at Christ Church Winchester. Prior to working in sales, marketing, and fundraising, Northrup began his career as teacher and coach at Sidwell Friends School. Originally from Parkersburg, West Virginia, Northrup was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Episcopal Church. He graduated from Kenyon College in Ohio and studied at St. Andrews University in Scotland and the University of Virginia. Northrup and his wife, Robin, have four sons. News from the Hill · Fall 2009


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