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New VTS Video: "Investing in the Future of the Church"

8/15/2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Curtis Prather
Tel: 703-461-1782
Email: cprather@vts.edu
 
Alexandria, VA – Virginia Theological Seminary launched its newest video through its website and social media channels today.

“Investing in the Future of the Church” is an introduction to the many aspects of Virginia Seminary touched by the Annual Fund. Giving through the Annual Fund is a cornerstone of support for Virginia Seminary, critically important in enabling the Seminary to meet its expanding commitments. The Seminary's goal is to form strong leaders for congregations large and small in The Episcopal Church. The Annual Fund helps provide significant financial assistance to students so they can graduate without the oppressive burden of additional debt incurred while at seminary.

“As a faculty member I give to the Annual Fund because I believe in this institution and in the people who are being formed here,” said the Rev. Robert Prichard, Ph.D., The Arthur Lee Kinsolving Professor of Christianity in America, and Instructor in Liturgics, who is featured in the video. “Over the years I have given to many special appeals and projects, but I recognize that it is regular, consistent annual giving that makes an institution financially healthy. I want VTS to be the kind of healthy institution that does not burden our graduates with heavy educational debts.”

In addition to assuring that our students leave VTS without any additional educational debt, the Annual Fund supports several programs and initiatives. The Second Three Years Program assures continued post graduation mentoring and connection to Virginia Theological Seminary. Annual giving also supports The Butterfly House, our first class on-campus childcare facility for students, faculty and staff with families.

“It is truly a blessing for us as a family that our son is able to attend Butterfly House,” said Emily Lukanich (VTS ‘14) from the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia. “Knowing that he is getting an excellent pre-school education while I am receiving a wonderful education allows me the space to focus on my studies. And growing up in a place where you know that you are truly loved by an entire community is never bad."

The video has already been shared with faculty, alumni and members of the board of trustees, prior to today's public launch. Support of the Annual Fund helps us recruit the top students, prepare them better for their ministry, bolster the larger Church, and support lifelong learning. It was produced in conjunction with 522 Productions from Alexandria, Virginia.

"Virginia Theological Seminary asked us to work with them in creating a short video that captured the essence of the students and faculty of VTS, and the importance of developing future leaders of the Church," said Chad Vossen, Director of Creative Strategies with 522 Productions. "In working on this piece, we discovered the energy and vibrancy of VTS, and how everyone shares a devout passion in their pursuit to serve. We thoroughly enjoyed working with VTS on this project, and hope to work with them again soon!"

Click here to watch "Investing in the Future of the Church."

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. Currently, the Seminary represents more than 42 different dioceses and 5 different countries, for service in the Church. Visit us online at www.vts.edu.