Virginia Theological Seminary is a seminary of the Episcopal Church that has since 1823 served to further the universal mission of Christ’s church by providing graduate theological education and serving as a theological resource for the Episcopal Church, the Anglican Communion, and the wider church. In preparing its students as servants of Jesus Christ, as lay and ordained leaders of the church, the Seminary has placed theological education in the context of residential community marked by common life and worship.
Seeking to equip the people of God for their vocation and ministry in the world, Virginia Theological Seminary has emphasized the preparation of persons for the ministries of preaching, teaching, pastoral care, and social justice. Born from the Anglican evangelical tradition, Virginia Theological Seminary has been formed by the diversity with Anglicanism, the larger ecumenical vision, and the increased understanding of the racial and cultural diversity of the needs and reality of the church in mission.
With primary attention to the needs of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, the mission of Virginia Theological Seminary continues to be:
- to form men and women for lay and ordained leadership within community,
- to provide continuing theological education for clergy and laity,
- to serve the Anglican Communion and the wider Church,
- to provide an ecumenical, international, and cross-cultural context for theological education,
- to be an outstanding theological resources for students, scholars, the church, and the larger public, and
- to be a racially and ethnically diverse community in living out our mission.