Wednesday, January 16, 2019

"O Lord, as your Son came not to be served but to serve, may this deacon share in Christ's service, and come to the unending glory of him who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever."

Decembers are always happy months at Episcopal Seminaries as so many graduating students are ordained Deacons. December 2018 was especially stirring as one of our students joined with one of our faculty members to be consecrated into their new ministry: Dr. Joe Thompson and Martin Geiger.

I know that his faculty colleagues have relished walking with Joe as he discerned his call over the last several years. Graduating from Yale with a Ph.D. and getting a tenure-track position at a prestigious university usually means that the next decade will be full of demanding research projects and the creation of courses. In the midst of this full and successful life, Joe heard the call of God upon his life and came to seminary. While at VTS, he realized that God's call included his ongoing participation in an academic community, and we were proud to appoint him Assistant Professor of Race and Ethnicity Studies and Director of Multicultural Ministries. The Lord willing and the people consenting, both Joe and Martin plan to be ordained as priests this spring. 
 
Please join me in praying for the ongoing ministry of the Rev. Dr. Joe Thompson as he continues to participate in Christ's service as a faculty member at VTS. 

The Rev. Melody Knowles, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
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