Academic Affairs and Student Life at VTS Welcome New Faculty


July 1, 2013 was the first day on the job for a couple of people in the office of Academic Affairs and Student Life.

Donyelle McCray officially began in her position as Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Director of the Office of Multicultural Ministries. She is no stranger to VTS, having earned her M.Div. here and returning last year as the Martha J. Horne Visiting Professor to teach “Introduction to the African-American Preaching Tradition” and “Introduction to Homiletics” (co-teaching with Dr. Ruthanna Hooke). She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation on Julian of Norwich at Duke University. In her new role, she will teach additional courses in homiletics and continue the significant work of the Rev. Joseph Constant as Director of the Office of Multicultural Ministries. The faculty are so very pleased to welcome her as a colleague.

It was also my first day as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Old Testament. I’ve been on campus intermittently since February to get a sense of the position and try to soak up as much knowledge as possible from my predecessor, Dr. Timothy Sedgwick, before he returns to being a full time faculty member as the Clinton S. Quin Professor of Christian Ethics. Learning from him has been an honor and true delight and I’m so very grateful for his strong and capable leadership as Academic Dean.

Dr. Melody Knowles
Vice President of Academic Affairs