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Alexandria, VA - Following the November meeting of the Board of Trustees, Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) made the announcement of the appointments of two new faculty members: the Rev. Canon Altagracia Pérez-Bullard, Ph.D., who has accepted the position of assistant professor of Practical Theology, and Elizabeth DeGaynor, Th.D. who has been appointed to the position of assistant professor of Christian Formation.
"VTS is so very pleased and proud to welcome our newest faculty members to join with us in forming leaders in the church," said the Rev. Melody Knowles, vice president of Academic Affairs. "They bring academic expertise, a long history of service in The Episcopal Church, and enthusiasm for teaching. We look forward to the ways that they will enrich our community in the years ahead."
Currently the Canon for Congregational Vitality in the Diocese of New York, Pérez-Bullard 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. As the rector of St. Philip’s, Los Angeles and Holy Faith, Inglewood, she led multicultural, bilingual congregations engaged in serving and ministering to the wider community. She also served as dean and director of the Episcopal Urban Intern Program. In 2010, she was selected as an ECF Fellow.
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 20th century. Since that time, she has written and taught on online pedagogies, the education of children, and Christian formation in congregations.
"Our faculty is a strength of VTS," said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president. "We are excited by these outstanding appointments."
Pérez-Bullard and DeGaynor will move onto the VTS campus in the summer of 2019 to teach our masters and doctoral students, and design creative courses for our thriving continuing education program.
ABOUT VTS Founded in 1823 as a beacon of hope in a country new and finding its way, Virginia Theological Seminary 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 Virginia Seminary online at www.vts.edu.