VTS Names the Rev. Ruthanna Hooke, Ph.D. as the Associate Dean of Chapel


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Alexandria, Va. – Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) is proud to announce the appointment of the Rev. Ruthanna Hooke, Ph.D. as the associate dean of chapel beginning July 1, 2015.

Hooke, who has worked at VTS since 2003, is currently the associate professor of homiletics and sub-dean for academic assessment. She received her A.B. degree summa cum laude from Harvard University, where she majored in comparative religion. She subsequently earned an M.A. in Performing Arts from Emerson College. She received her M.Div. degree summa cum laude from Yale Divinity School, and her Ph.D. in theology from Yale University.

"Dr. Hooke is a seasoned priest and accomplished liturgist who will bring an expertise and thoughtfulness to this position," said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.,  dean and president of VTS. "Her leadership in this important area of our common life will help us create worship that realizes the potential of our new Immanuel Chapel."

As associate dean of chapel, Hooke will oversee the coordination and leadership of the worship life at VTS. She will continue to write and teach in homiletics.

"At VTS, we are passionate about worship because we are passionate about God,” said Hooke. “ I feel privileged to be part of a community that cares so much about both, and I look forward to working with the community to make worship at VTS as faithful, graceful, joyful, and Spirit-filled as it can be."

Hooke, who is an ordained Episcopal priest, has recently published Transforming Preaching, a volume in the Transformations series published by Church Publishing. The series is devoted to exploring vital practices for the church of the 21st century.

Prior to coming to VTS, Hooke served parishes in the Diocese of Connecticut. She has also worked as a program leader for the Iona Community in Scotland, a community organizer in Somerville, MA, and in an agency providing direct services to the homeless in Holyoke, MA. She currently serves as adjunct clergy at St. Columba's Episcopal Church, Washington, DC.


Founded in 1823, Virginia Theological Seminary is the largest of the 11 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church. The school prepares men and women, representing more than 42 different dioceses and five different countries, for service in the Church, both as ordained and lay ministers, and offers a number of professional degree programs and diplomas. Visit us online at www.vts.edu.