Today we bid a fond farewell to Leslie Chadwick, Program Coordinator of Deep Calls to Deep, VTS’s program to nurture preaching passion. Leslie has accepted a call to be the Lower School Chaplain at St. Alban’s School in Washington, DC. St. Alban’s is blessed to have her, and we will certainly miss her here at VTS.
It is no exaggeration to say that Deep Calls to Deep would not exist if it were not for Leslie. She came on board three years ago when this program was just beginning, and it was her task to take the vision for the program and make it a reality. To accomplish this, she worked tirelessly to publicize the program, recruit applicants, orient participants, train staff, oversee the budget, and manage the day-to-day operation of the program. She also planned and executed two week-long on-campus residencies of 35-60 people, which involved managing countless details pertaining to scheduling, hospitality, planning meals, orienting staff, and troubleshooting throughout the residencies. In all of this, the most important thing Leslie has done is to share her passion for this program, which has proven irresistible and has made this vision a reality.
We are delighted that the Rev. Anne Turner will be taking over as Program Coordinator for Deep Calls to Deep. Anne helped to write the initial grant application for Deep Calls to Deep, and was a peer group facilitator in the first cohort of the program. Formerly Associate Rector at St. Mary’s, Arlington, Anne is a gifted preacher, and a recipient of VTS’s John Hines Preaching Award. Welcome, Anne—and Godspeed, Leslie.