Friday, April 25, 2014


Worship is vitally important in a Seminary. It is worship that makes us distinctive. A good graduate school of religion can teach you the academics, but it is our shared worship life which marks us out. With the new chapel due to be finished in February 2015, this is an exciting time for worship at Virginia Theological Seminary.  

I am delighted to announce that the Rev. Ruthanna Hooke, Ph.D. has agreed to become the Associate Dean of Chapel starting on July 1, 2015. As she moves into this role, she will be responsible for the coordination and leadership of our worship life. She will continue to write and teach in homiletics.

Dr. Hooke is the perfect appointment. With degrees from Harvard, Emerson College, Yale, and with parish experience in Connecticut and Washington, D.C., Dr. Hooke is a seasoned priest and accomplished liturgist who will bring an expertise and thoughtfulness to this position. Her leadership in this important area of our common life will help us create worship that realizes the potential of our new Immanuel Chapel.

As Dr. Hooke explains, "At VTS, we are passionate about worship because we are passionate about God. I feel privileged to be part of a community that cares so much about both, and I look forward to working with the community to make worship at VTS as faithful, graceful, joyful, and Spirit-filled as it can be."

Please do congratulate and thank Ruthanna for her willingness to step into this important role.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President