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Dean's Office

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. was appointed as Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary in August 2007. He completed his Ph.D. at University of Exeter in the United Kingdom where he focused on Christian Ethics. He previously earned an M.Litt. in Philosophy and Ethics from the University of Cambridge and a B.D. in Theology from the University of London.

Before being called to VTS Dean Markham served as Dean and Professor of Theology and Ethics at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, 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 University of Exeter.

Dean Markham is the author and editor of numerous books including: Against Atheism: Why Dawkins, Hitchens, and Harris Are Fundamentally Wrong, Liturgical Life Principles: How Episcopal Worship Can Lead to Healthy and Authentic Living, Christ and Culture: Communion After Lambeth, A Theology of Engagement; Truth and the Reality of God; Do Morals Matter; Understanding Christian Doctrine and most recently, An Introduction to Said Nursi: Life, Thought and Writings. His awards include the Robertson Fellow 2006; Teape Lecturer in India 2004; Claggett Fellow attached to Washington National Cathedral in 2000; and Frank Woods Fellow at Trinity College, Melbourne in 1997.

Dean Markham is married to Lesley Markham and they have one son, Luke. He serves as Priest Associate at St. Paul’s Church in Alexandria.