Our strength in the present is made possible by our strength in the past. And so today we lay to rest a much-loved teacher and a gracious and thoughtful presence. The Rev. Dr. Frank VanDevelder received a Master of Divinity from VTS in 1963. He later served as professor of Old Testament and Theology from 1969 until 1994. Upon retirement he was awarded emeritus faculty status.
Dr. VanDevelder leaves a lasting legacy. Serving for 25 years, he had a hand in the education of countless Episcopal clergy and laity who have been formed by VTS. According to Dr. Richard Jones, Dr. VanDevelder was the first professor from VTS to take a group of students to St. George's College, Jerusalem.
The Burial Office with Eucharist will take place at 1:00 PM in Immanuel Chapel. It will be followed by a Committal in the Cemetery on campus. The Rev. Dr. Richard Jones will provide the homily at the service. Dr. Jones was once a student of Dr. VanDevelder's here at VTS. And so things come full circle; the student will speak to the life and ministry of the teacher, and he will also preside at the graveside committal.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President