Bishop Shand of Easton to chair board of trustees at VTS

May 26, 2009

The Rt. Rev. James Joseph (Bud) Shand, bishop of the Diocese of Easton, Maryland, has been elected as chair of the board of trustees of Virginia Theological Seminary. Shand will succeed the Rt. Rev. Peter James Lee, bishop of the Diocese of Virginia, who will step down on June 30.

"I am looking forward to working with Bishop Shand," said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, dean and president of Virginia Seminary, "and I am grateful for his willingness to serve the Seminary in this extraordinary capacity."

Born in New York City and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey, Shand graduated in 1969 from Canaan College in New Hampshire. He received his M. Div. in 1972 from the Philadelphia Divinity School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was ordained a deacon and priest in the Diocese of New Jersey, where he served from 1972 to 1975 as an assistant at Grace Church in Merchantville.

In December 1975, Shand was called to serve as rector of St. Mary Anne's in North East, Maryland, in the Diocese of Easton. After 14 years, he was called to Christ Church Parish, Kent Island, in Stevensville, Maryland to serve as their rector.

While in parish ministry, Shand was involved in youth ministry and was active in the development of dynamic church schools in each community. During this time, he was also a field work supervisor for two VTS seminarians assisting at Christ Church. During the construction of a multi-purpose parish facility, church rooms, and new administrative offices for a growing congregation, he began work on his Master of Arts in Christian Education and was awarded a M.A.C.E degree in 1999. He received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary in October 2003.

Shand and his wife of 35 years, Lynne, are the parents of two grown children, Jonathan and Meghan.