The Rev. Bill Sachs to Serve as Visiting Professor of History


Media Contact: Curtis Prather
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Email: cprather@vts.edu

Alexandria, VA – Virginia Theological Seminary will welcome the Rev. William L. Sachs, Ph.D., as Visiting Professor of Church History  for the 2013-14 academic year. Sachs currently serves as Director for the Center for Interfaith Reconciliation, based at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, VA.

“Bill is a good friend of the seminary as well as a distinguished and thoughtful scholar,” said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, dean and president of Virginia Seminary. “We are looking forward to his presence among us in 2013-14.”

Sachs's course schedule for 2013-14 includes "The History of the Church, Since 1600," "Fundamentalism and the Challenge for Anglicanism," "The History of Anglicanism and its Mission," "The Church of England: The Formative Centuries," "Episcopal Leadership in a Post-Denominational Age," as well as "The History of the Early and Medieval Church" and "The History of the Medieval and Reformation Church," both with the Rev. Robert W. Prichard, Ph.D., the Arthur Lee Kinsolving Professor of Christianity in America, and Instructor in Liturgics.

Sachs holds a Ph.D. in the history of Christianity from the University of Chicago, as well as an S.T.M. from Yale University, M.Div. from Vanderbilt University and B.A. from Baylor University. He has taught Christian history courses at Seabury Western Theological Seminary, Yale and Virginia’s Union Theological Seminary, and is widely published in scholarly journals and popular media. His books include Homosexuality and the Crisis of Anglicanism (Cambridge 2009) and The Transformation of Anglicanism: From State Church to Global Communion (Cambridge 1993, 2002).

Prior to his position with the Center for Interfaith Reconciliation – which he will continue to hold while at VTS – Sachs was Vice President for Learning and Leadership at the Episcopal Church Foundation, and has served as a consultant for congregations, Episcopal dioceses, nonprofits and other organizations in the areas of leadership and international health. An ordained Episcopal priest, he has 40 years of experience serving parishes in Richmond, Chicago and Connecticut.

Founded in 1823, Virginia Theological Seminary is the largest of the 11 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church. The school prepares men and women for service in the Church worldwide, both as ordained and lay ministers, and programs and diplomas. Currently, the Seminary repand 5 different countries, for service in the Church.