The Rev. Dr. Justin Lewis-Anthony to Join VTS Faculty as Associate Dean of Students


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Alexandria, VA - During their May 22 board meeting, the trustees of the Virginia Theological Seminary unanimously approved the appointment of the Reverend Dr Justin Lewis-Anthony as the new Associate Dean of Students. Lewis-Anthony, who is currently the Rector for St. Stephen’s Church Canterbury, will join the VTS community August 2013.

“We are delighted that the Rev. Dr. Justin Lewis-Anthony has accepted this position,” said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, dean and president of Virginia Seminary. “He brings a wealth of parish experience, a distinguished career in practical theology, and a real depth of pastoral sensitivity.  We are looking forward to him being with us.”

An Associate Lecturer for the Religious Studies department at the University of Kent and alum of Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Oxford, Lewis-Anthony is passionate about the idea that ministerial formation is something more than “mere training.” Ordained for more than twenty years, Lewis-Anthony has served in a variety of posts, including cathedral ministry. In his current post at St. Stephen’s Church Canterbury, he made time and discipline to undertake a program of doctoral study. His Ph.D. was completed in December 2011, fourteen months ahead of schedule, and awarded summer 2012.

His published works include You Are the Messiah and I Should Know: Why “Leadership” is a Myth and Possibly a Heresy (Bloomsbury, 2013), Circles of Thorns: Hieronymus Bosch and Being Human (Continuum, 2009) and If You Meet George Herbert on the Road, Kill Him: Radically Re-thinking Priestly Ministry (Continuum, 2009). He has also contributed a chapter in Moving On In Ministry (Church House Publishing, 2013), edited by Tim Ling.

Lewis-Anthony follows Dr. Amelia Gearey-Dyer, who held the position of Associate Dean of Students for five years before becoming the Executive Director of the Butterfly House in December 2012, and Dr. Lisa Kimball, Director of the Center for the Ministry of Teaching and Professor of Christian Formation and Congregational Leadership, who has been the Interim Associate Dean of Students since the beginning of 2013.

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.