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The Rev. Judy Fentress-Williams, Ph.D. Awarded the Suzanne Thomas Faculty Research Award

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(Alexandria, VA) –Each May Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) honors one of our members with the Suzanne Thomas Faculty Research Award. This award honors significant publications and financially supports additional work over the coming year. This year’s winner is the Rev. Judy Fentress-Williams, Ph.D.

Dr. Fentress-Williams is one of the most senior members of the faculty, coming up on her 18th anniversary of teaching at VTS. At Alfred St. Baptist Church in Alexandria, Judy leads with inspiring sermons and pastoral presence. Earlier this year, she filled in during Pastor John Wesley’s sabbatical.

In addition to her prior volume on Ruth and her role as chief Hebrew Bible editor of the CEB ’s Women’s Bible, she is also at work on a commentary on Genesis for the Interpretation Commentary series as well as essays in The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in Africa and the African Diaspora. And this summer, a major work will be published: Holy Imagination: A Literary and Theological Introduction to the Whole Bible.

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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