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ALEXANDRIA, VA – This morning Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) welcomes returning and new students as we ushered in our 2019/20 academic year. The incoming class is composed of 59 full-time students: 43 Master in Divinity, 3 Master of Arts, 7 Anglican Studies, 1 Diploma in Theology, and 5 Pathway to Ministry students (the first group for this new program).
"With the largest class since 2010, we are delighted that so many people are interested in theological education and in ministry in the Church," said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president. "This is an exciting time to be at VTS. New Faculty have joined the community; and we are continuing a virtual 100% placement rate for our seniors.”
These 28 men and 31 women who have arrived to VTS bring a wealth of skills and experience in numerous fields to VTS. The incoming class is also one of VTS’s most racially diverse, with students of color making up 27% of the population.To get a head start on community building, many of these people engaged with each other over the summer through a special Facebook group for incoming students, sharing their stories, their excitement, and their challenges as they prepared to relocate to Alexandria.
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 us online at www.vts.edu.