Professor Robert W. Prichard first taught at VTS as an adjunct faculty member in 1980, joining the faculty full-time in 1983. He was named the Arthur Lee Kinsolving Professor Emeritus of Christianity in America and Instructor in Liturgy in Summer 2019. He completed his Ph.D. in church history at Emory University in Atlanta, where he focused on theological discourse in the 19th - century Episcopal Church. He previously earned an M.Div. at Berkeley at Yale Divinity School and an A.B. in Spanish at Princeton.
Before joining the faculty at VTS, Dr. Prichard served as a parish clergyman in three different positions in Virginia. Among his responsibilities during these years of parish ministry were initiating what became the first Spanish-speaking Episcopal congregation in Virginia (San José, Arlington) and serving as the vicar of an historically African-American congregation (St. Mary’s, Berryville).
He is the author or editor of 9 books, including A History of the Episcopal Church
(Morehouse 1991, 1999), the Nature of Salvation: Theological consensus in the Episcopal Church
, 1801-73 (University of Illinois, 1997), Cohabiting Couples and Cold Feet: A Practical Marriage-Preparation Guide for Clergy
(Church Publishing, 2009), Professor Prichard has served broadly in church and academy. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Episcopal Church Canon Law
, the president of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church
, and a clerical deputy to General Convention (2006, 2009, 2012) from the Diocese or Virginia. He served from 2000 to 2007 as a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic consultation in the U.S.A. (ARCUSA) and has lectured widely to Anglican educational and clerical groups in Latin America.
Dr. Prichard is married with two adult sons. Among his hobbies are carpentry and canoeing.