VTS Welcomes Donyelle McCray as the 2012 Martha J. Horne Visiting Professor


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Alexandria, VA – Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) welcomes today Donyelle C. McCray (VTS ‘06) as the Martha J. Horne Visiting Professor.  McCray, will be co-teaching “Introduction to Homiletics” with the Rev. Ruthanna Hooke, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Homiletics, and the Rev. David Schlafer, Ph.D., Adjunct Instructor.  In the spring McCray will teach quarter courses on “Proclaiming the Parables of Jesus" and "Introduction to the African-American Preaching Tradition.”
“We are delighted and honored that Donyelle has joined us on the campus as the Martha J. Horne Visiting Professor,” said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president. “Donyelle understands the world of theological education; she brings a compelling mind and gifts to our community.  We are delighted to have her in our midst.”
The Martha J. Horne Visiting Professorship Fund was established in May 2007 in honor of the distinguished service of the Very Rev. Martha J. Horne, the 13th Dean and President of Virginia Seminary (1994-2007.) The purpose of the fund is to increase the international, racial, ethnic, or cultural diversity of the seminary community and its academic curriculum by providing funds for a Visiting Professor who will teach at least one course for a full semester while in residence at the Seminary.
McCray received her B.A. from Spelman College, J.D. from Harvard Law School and her M.Div. from VTS. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in homiletics at Duke University where she is completing her doctoral thesis.

Founded in 1823, Virginia Theological Seminary is the largest of the 11 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church. The school prepares men and women for service in the Church worldwide, both as ordained and lay ministers, and offers a number of professional degree programs and diplomas. The Seminary has significantly shaped ministry and mission across the Anglican Communion for generations, and with its diverse faculty currently serves students from more than 45 Episcopal dioceses, over 10 different countries across the world, and over 10 different Christian denominations, for service in the Church and the world.