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Robert Heaney Promoted to Professor of Theology and MIssion

Media Contact: Curtis Prather 
Tel: (703) 461-1782 
Email: cprather@vts.edu

ALEXANDRIA, VA –  This spring the Board of Trustees confirmed the faculty’s unanimous recommendation that The Rev. Robert Heaney, Ph.D., D.Phil. be promoted to Professor of Theology and Mission. 

"Robert is an engaging and academically rigorous teacher and a colleague who can be trusted upon to speak with honesty and wisdom," said the Rev. Melody Knowles. Ph.D., vice president of Academic Affairs. "He now takes his place as a senior member of the VTS faculty, and we congratulate him and look forward to his future accomplishments."

Heaney has been teaching at VTS since 2013, and during that time has authored several serious and significant books, including God’s Church for God’s World, From Historical to Critical Post-Colonial Theology, The Promise of Anglicanism (with William L. Sachs) and Postcolonial Theology: Finding God and Each other Amidst the Hate. He also edited Faithful Neighbors: Christian-Muslim Vision and Practice (with Zeyneb Sayilgan and Claire Haymes), and contributed essays to many other books. He is a leader in the Anglican Communion and is currently a member of the Lambeth Conference Design Group. 

Heaney has also been the director of VTS’s Center for Anglican Communion Studies and worked to define and clarify the center’s purpose as “promoting and practicing better community for the Communion.” 


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