The Evening School

Traditional Program
Courses in the traditional Evening School of Theology provide theological education for lay people who want more than Sunday morning classes. There is an open enrollment policy for all who wish to register. Students may audit or take classes for credit.

Introduction to Theological Education
Ms. Linda Lanam, CHT 200
next scheduled for August 2015
An introduction to the tools, terms and traditions needed to lay a foundation as an Evening School student at Virginia Theological Seminary. Students must be present for three of the four class meetings to pass the course. This course is a non-credit, pass/fail prerequisite course for the Enriched Evening School program and does not count towards the Evening School diploma.

Introduction to Hebrew
Dr. Susan Sullivan, OTS 301
7:00-9:00 PM
January 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 21, 23, 26, 28
Satisfy your curiosity for learning the language of Scripture as Jesus heard it. Discover the deep beauty and meaning of Holy Scripture, while learning the basics of the Hebrew language in this introduction to beginning Hebrew. Counts as one bible class towards the Evening School diploma. Register Now

Civil Rights, Justice and Inclusion: Idenitity and Witness in TEC
The Rt. Rev. Nathan Baxter
Tuesdays 7:30-9:30 PM
2/3-4/21 (no class 3/23 & 4/14)
In this course we will consider the experience of The Episcopal Church (TEC) during the eras of the African American Civil Rights movement; the struggle to accept women in every order of ministry; the experience and witness of gender and sexual identity (LGBT) and cultural (Asian American, Native/Indigenous and Hispanic/Latino) minority communities in the Church. Counts as an elective towards the Evening School diploma. Register Now

For Facts, for Fiction, for Faith? Six Ways Christians Read the Bible
Gail Ramshaw, Ph.D.
Thursdays 7:30-9:30 PM
Through the centuries, Christians have read the Bible in various ways (go straight through it? memorize the Psalms? focus on the gospels?), and the churches have interpreted the Scripture using different interpretative schema: is the Bible more history? more metaphor? This course will look at two ancient and two current ways to read and intrepret the Bible. Readings will include chapters from five different studies so as to sample these varied Christian practices. Course does not count towards the Evening School diploma. Register Now
Linda Lanam is a part-time instructor at VTS in Old Testament and Oral Interpretation of Scritpure, as well as manaaging the Writing Center. She holds an M.T.A. from VTS and a B.S. and J.D. from Indiana University-Bloomington and is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church.

Susan Sullivan is a part-time instructor at VTS in Old Testament and Hebrew. She holds an MTS, with honors in Old Testament, from VTS and a Ph.D. in Semitic Languages and Literatures from The Catholic University of America.

Gail Ramshaw, Gail Ramshaw, Emerita professor of religion at La Salle University, is a Lutheran scholar of liturgical language who studies and crafts texts for worship from her home outside of Washington, D.C. She has written and lectured extensively on the Revised Common Lectionary, for example in “Lectionary Notes,” the weekly liturgical resource available at, and in the publication A Three-Year Banquet: The Lectionary for the Assembly.

The Rt. Rev. Nathan Baxter was consecrated Bishop of the diocese of Central Pennsylvania on October 21, 2006 and retired in June 2014. Bishop Baxter will be present at VTS for the spring term as a Visiting Professor. He will be teaching one Evening School class and another degree course.