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VTS Welcomes Martha J. Horne Visiting Professor Adam L. Bond, Ph.D.

Media Contact: Curtis Prather 
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ALEXANDRIA, VA – Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) welcomes the Rev. Adam L. Bond, Ph.D. as the Martha J. Horne Visiting Professor for the Fall 2020 semester. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Church History and American Baptist Liaison at Virginia Union University (VUU) in Richmond, VA. While on sabbatical leave from VUU, he will teach the course “The Black Church in America,” preach, and give several presentations on the VTS campus.

“Dr. Bond is an exciting appointment,” said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president. “He brings a fabulous combination of scholarship, teaching experience, and interest in the history of the black church in the United States. We are honored he has joined us for a semester.” 

Bond received his Ph.D. from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, where his dissertation was titled “What the Law Cannot Do: Samuel DeWitt Proctor’s Theological Response to an American Crisis, 1945-1997.” He also received a Master of Arts degree in Theology from Marquette and a Master of Divinity degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. 

An ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA), Bond has also published The Imposing Preacher: Samuel DeWitt Proctor and Black Public Faith (Fortress Press, 2013) and I’ve Been Called: Now What? (Judson Press, 2012), and served as co-editor of Church on Purpose: Reinventing Discipleship, Community, and Justice (Judson Press, 2015). At present, he is writing Enduring Tensions: Black Baptist Preachers and the Salvation of America (Mercer University Press).  

“I'm thrilled that Dr. Bond joins us this fall as the next Martha Horne Visiting Professor,” said the Rev. Melody Knowles, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs and associate professor of Old Testament. “He is a distinguished scholar and pastor, and I'm honored to welcome him as a teacher and a colleague this semester.” 

Established in May 2007, the Martha J. Horne Visiting Professorship Fund honors the distinguished service of the Very Rev. Martha J. Horne, 13th dean and president of Virginia Seminary. The purpose of the fund is to increase the international, racial, ethnic, or cultural diversity of the Seminary community and its academic curriculum by providing funds for a visiting professor who will teach at least one course for a full semester while in residence at the Seminary. 

Founded in 1823 as a beacon of hope in a country new and finding its way, Virginia Theological Seminary is the flagship Seminary of the Episcopal Church. One of our first benefactors was Francis Scott Key whose poem provides the text for our national anthem. In the 191 years since being established, VTS 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. 
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