VTS Awards Dean's Cross during a Special Service of Advent Lessons and Carols


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Alexandria, VA - During a special service of Advent Lessons and Carols on December 9, 2018, the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, dean and president of Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), conferred the Dean’s Cross for Servant Leadership in Church and Society Award to Mark MacIntosh (in absentia), Susan Howatch (in absentia), and David Booth Beers (pictured).

Established in 2008, the Dean’s Cross Award recognizes outstanding leaders who embody their baptismal vows to “strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.” Selected annually by VTS’ dean in consultation with the chair of the Board of Trustees, the honorees receive a handmade silver cross, modeled after the seminary chapel cross, and a certificate.

The Rev. Prof. Mark Allen McIntosh is Professor of Christian Spirituality at Loyola University in Chicago. Author of five books, he served as Chaplain to the House of Bishops, as Canon Theologian to the Presiding Bishop, as a member of the House of Bishops Theology Committee, as Book Editor of the Anglican Theological Review, and as a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission.

Susan Howatch is a British author whose writing career is distinguished by family saga novels that describe lives of related characters over time. Her Starbridge series chronicled the lives of some of the most interesting Anglican clerics of the 20th century.

David Booth Beers has been Chancellor to Primates of the Episcopal Church since 1991. Prior to serving as Chancellor to the Presiding Bishop, Mr. Beers was a Member of the Standing Commission on Constitution and Canons, and a Member of the Presiding Bishop’s Committee to Study Women in the Episcopate. He is currently on the VTS Board of Trustees where he is the chair of the Institutional Advancement committee.


Founded in 1823 as a beacon of hope in a country new and finding its way, Virginia Theological Seminary has led the way in forming leaders of the Episcopal Church, including: the Most Rev. John E. Hines (VTS 1933, D.D. 1946), former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church; the Rt. Rev. John T. Walker (VTS 1954, D.D. 1978), the first African-American bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; and theologian, author and lay preacher Ms. Verna J. Dozier (VTS D.D. 1978). Serving the worldwide Anglican Communion, Virginia Theological Seminary educates approximately 25% of those being ordained who received residential theological education. Visit Virginia Seminary online at www.vts.edu
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