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The Rev. Roger A. Ferlo, Ph.D.

Professor Roger Ferlo joined the VTS faculty in 2004. He is currently Associate Dean and Director of the Institute for Christian Formation and Leadership, and professor of religion and culture. A graduate of Colgate, where he now serves as a trustee emeritus, he completed his Ph.D. at Yale, specializing in the literature of the English Renaissance.

He was for six years an assistant professor of English at Yale, where he received the Yale Faculty Prize for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching. He trained for the priesthood at the General Theological Seminary in New York City, and has served parishes in the dioceses of Georgia, Pittsburgh and New York, most recently for ten years as rector of the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in New York City. He is the author of Opening the Bible (volume 2 in the New Church’s Teaching Series) and Sensing God (both published by Rowman and Littlefield) and the editor of Heaven (Seabury 2007). He has also published widely in periodicals and on the World Wide Web, and has lectured at the College of the Transfiguration in Grahamstown, South Africa.

While in New York, he was a trustee of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, dean of clergy for lower Manhattan, and was elected deputy to General Convention in 2003.

Long active in the Episcopal school world, he served for fifteen years on the Governing Board of the National Association of Episcopal School, and retired as president of the Board in 2010. His wife, Anne Harlan, a book artist, is the librarian at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School in Washington, DC, and his daughter, Liz Harlan-Ferlo, is a published poet, and chaplain and religion teacher at Oregon Episcopal School in Portland. An avid amateur cellist, Dr. Ferlo plays in the orchestra of St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Washington, where he is a parishioner.
In Print
Heaven
(Seabury Books,2007). Edited by the Rev. Dr. Roger Ferlo, and includes contributions by the Rev. Dr. Michael Battle, Anne Harlan, Margaret "Peggy" Parker, Kathleen Henderson, and many more.

Sensing God
(Cowley Publications, 2001) In these meditations on stories from the New Testament, Roger Ferlo shows us how to read the Bible in a full-bodied way, with all the senses attuned.

Opening the Bible
(Cowley Publications, 1997) Learn why the Bible looks the way it does, the theology that lies behind the many different versions and translations, how to deal with the notes and cross-references, and the practical tools needed for studying the Bible.

Click here for a complete list of Dr. Ferlo's publications.
703-461-1755
rferlo@vts.edu