Monday, November 19, 2018

It is a true pleasure to announce that the Board recently approved the hire of two new faculty members: The Reverend Canon Altagracia Perez-Bullard, Ph.D., and Elizabeth DeGaynor, Th.D.

Dr. DeGaynor comes from directing the Master of Arts in Christian Practice degree program at Duke Divinity School. She received her Th.D. from Duke in 2015, and her dissertation was an ethnographic study of the theology and pedagogy at play in Grand Rapids Christian schools in the twentieth century. Since that time, she has written and taught on online pedagogies, the education of children, and Christian formation in congregations.

Dr. Perez-Bullard is currently the Canon for Congregational Vitality in the Diocese of New York. She received her Ph.D. from Claremont School of Theology in 2015, and has written on pastoral care, post-traumatic public theology, leadership, and practical theology in a Latinx context. During our conversations, she emphasized the close relationship of role of the community to pedagogy: “education is always a project that allows selves and communities to survive and thrive. It is a life gift for a group.”

VTS’s newest faculty members will move onto campus in the summer of 2019 to teach our masters and doctoral students, and design creative courses for our thriving continuing education program. Please join me in welcoming them.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President
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