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Life at VTS

Mission Society

"God is love. God’s mission, overflowing in and from divine love, comes to us in creation and re-creation, in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. As followers of Jesus Christ, to participate in mission is to participate in the movement of God’s love toward all creation."
Mission Statement

With the above quote as our guiding principle, the Virginia Theological Seminary Mission Society, founded in 1824, exists to partner with leaders—both on campus and in places around the world—to discern and witness to God working in our various contexts. The Mission Society seeks to do this in two ways. First, we seek to foster conversations and relationships focused on God’s mission and our witness to it with students, faculty, alumni, and mission and ministry partners around the globe. Second, we raise funds and provide grants to communities in support of the work they do to reveal God’s kingdom in our midst.
Every member of the Virginia Theological Seminary Community is a member of the VTS Missionary Society. Established in 1824, the Missionary Society provides a link between those in the mission field and members of the seminary community through grants, theological book drives, forums, presentations, interaction with missionary organizations, prayer, and an annual Eucharist.

Each year the Society raises money for grants and various projects primarily through donations collected at the Wednesday Eucharist of the Seminary.
The Society is governed by the Missionary Society Council, which consists of annually elected representatives from each class of the student body, elected officers, and faculty and staff advisors.

Mission Society Ledership,
Academic Year of 2019-2020:

Jean Cotting – President
Carey Connors – Treasurer
Joe Hubbard – Secretary
Executive Board Members
Class of 2020:
Paul Bennett
Matthew Machowski
Shanthakumar Sureshkumar
Class of 2021:
Joseph Alaak
Melina Dezhbod
Beth Hendrix
Class of 2022:
Billy Adams
Lara Case
Mike Gumulauskas
Faculty Advisor
Rev. Dr. Robert Heaney

‘Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel!’

The deadline for grant applications is January 31st, 2020.
Last academic year, 2018-2019, the VTS Mission Society disbursed grants totaling just under $5,800. Our grants supported a training program for women catechists in Tanzania, desks for school children in Ghana, malaria prevention (fumigation and nets) for a school in West Burunda, and a water purification system for a girl’s school and daycare center in Tanzania.

Contact Us

Mission Society
Virginia Theological Seminary
3737 Seminary Road
Alexandria, VA 22304  USA

e-mail: missionarysociety@vts.edu


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    Photos from the Mission Society's work, travel, projects, and dialogues.
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