|Dr. Amelia J. Gearey Dyer is the Executive Director of the Butterfly House and Associate Dean for Special Projects and the James Maxwell Professor of Christian Education and Pastoral Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary. Amy arrived on the campus in August of 1987 and became a member of the faculty June 1, 1990. For eleven years, from 1996 until 2007, Dr. Dyer was the Director of the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at the Seminary. From 2007 until 2012 she served as the Associate Dean of Students for VTS.|
Dr. Dyer earned her B. S. from The State University of New York at Plattsburgh and her M. S. and Ph. D. from Florida State University. She has done additional graduate work in Christian Education, Bible, Church History, and Theology.
Before coming to VTS she taught at Florida State,, Florida Atlantic, and Broward Community College. She has taught public school, trained Head Start teachers, and volunteered as a Director of Christian Education.
Currently, Dr. Dyer is a certified GODLY PLAY teacher and serves as a Christian Education consultant to dioceses and parishes. She is a Parish Associate at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Virginia. She is also a member of the National Association of Episcopal Christian Education Directors and the Religious Education Association. She is currently working on a revision of the Episcopal Children’s Curriculum and the Episcopal Curriculum for Youth.
Dr. Dyer’s interests include working with children (she regularly visits the Butterfly House, the Seminary’s daycare center), travel, and reading. During a recent sabbatical leave, she spent time in Ireland studying early Celtic Spirituality.
Dr. Dyer is married to The Rt. Rev. J. Mark Dyer and they have four children and two grandchildren.