Right in the middle of our case for the capital campaign is the decision to create a TryTank. The idea is simple: instead of a "think tank" that sits around thinking (and in the case of the Episcopal Church, the focus is often the challenges we face), we are creating a laboratory that will try new ideas out. This is an exciting initiative that is being shared by our sister seminary - General Theological Seminary in New York.
The Rev. Lorenzo Lebrija has been appointed the first director of the TryTank. Lorenzo will remain based in Los Angeles, but will make frequent visits to the campus. He starts on January 3, 2019. He brings concrete experience of congregational renewal; he is well known to the team in LifeLong Learning (he has been a regular speaker at eformation); and he is an ideas machine. We are excited that he is part of the VTS experience going forward.
All of this is a tangible outcome of the hard work of the Rev. Dr. David Gortner. David has been responsible for new ways of doing church; he has taught the courses in this area; and he built partnerships that could be part of the seminarian's experience. The Board remains of the view that this aspect of our work must remain a priority. Our task is to the strength the Episcopal Church: this is an important aspect.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President