The Rev. Joseph Constant has been named director of Ethnic Ministries and Student Life at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS). Since beginning at VTS in January of 2005, Constant has proven a key leader in building up and advancing the Seminary's Racial and Ethnic Diversity Initiative that began in 2002. Constant's tireless work has ensured the commitment to racial and ethnic diversity is now firmly established in the academic, communal and spiritual life of the Seminary, a VTS news release said.
"Joseph is a dedicated leader and a fine pastor," said the Rev. Dr. Margaret McNaughton-Ayers, associate dean for Admissions and Community Life at VTS. "He is gifted in the ministries of reconciliation, pastoral care, and in developing new relationships throughout the church. His initiatives in creating conferences and events have advanced the mission for racial and ethnic diversity at VTS on every level."
A 2003 graduate of VTS, Constant comes to the Seminary following service at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. Born in Haiti, Constant is the founder of the Haiti-Micah Project, a non-profit Christian organization committed to addressing the most basic needs of impoverished and uneducated street children in Haiti. He and his wife, Sarah, have two daughters, Claire and Christiana.
"The Gospel requires that we utilize all the gifts of all the people of God. This is the hard work of Ethnic Ministries," said the Very Rev. Ian Markham, dean and president of VTS. "Joseph Constant brings an abundance of gifts to Virginia Seminary and is ideally placed to progress this vital work."
VTS is the largest of the 11 seminaries of the Episcopal Church and was founded in 1823. The Seminary prepares men and women for service in the Church worldwide, both as ordained and lay ministers, and offers a number of professional degree programs and diplomas. The Seminary currently represents more than 40 different dioceses and 9 different countries.