Virginia Seminary taps Tim Sedgwick as new dean of Academic Affairs

August 21, 2007

Dr. Timothy F. Sedgwick, Clinton S. Quin Professor of Christian Ethics at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), has accepted the position as the Seminary's associate dean of Academic Affairs.

Sedgwick replaces the Rev. Dr. Michael Battle who was called to the Diocese of Los Angeles to serve as provost and canon theologian at the Cathedral Center of St. Paul.

"Tim is a gifted scholar and a great teacher. He knows and understands theological education," said the Very Rev. Dr. Ian Markham, dean and president of VTS, on announcing the appointment August 20. "And he has a love for Virginia Theological Seminary. These are the important qualities for this position."

Sedgwick began his career at VTS in 1997. He has taught introductory and seminar courses in the residential M.Div., MTS, and MACE programs and has taught the foundation course on congregational studies, summer lecture seminar, and the case study seminar in the D. Min. program in ministry development. He has served on various faculty and Board committees, five search committees, and has shared responsibilities of the academic dean during a sabbatical leave. He will step into his new position as associate dean of Academic Affairs on September 1.

Sedgwick holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the Graduate School of Religion at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and an A.B. from Albion College in Michigan. He is the author of several books and publications, including Preaching What We Practice: Proclamation and Moral Discernment, with David Schlafer (Morehouse, 2007); The Christian Moral Life: Practices of Piety (Eerdmans/Forward Movement, 1999); The Making of Ministry (Cowley, 1993); and Sacramental Ethics: Paschal Identity and the Christian Life (1987). Since 2005, Sedgwick has served as president of the Board of the Anglican Theological Review.

At the national level, Sedgwick has led workshops and clergy conferences and provided keynote addresses for conventions. He has served as a consultant for the national church, the House of Bishops, dioceses, and congregations. He currently serves on CREDO's Research Review Committee and on the steering committee and advisory board for the College of Bishops.

"In The Christian Moral Life, Tim Sedgwick writes movingly about life in community," wrote Markham in his daily Commentary to the VTS Community. "This warm affirmation of life at Virginia Theological Seminary is just one of the reasons why I am confident that Tim Sedgwick is the ideal appointment."

Founded in 1823, VTS is the largest of the 11 Episcopal seminaries. The school 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. Currently, the seminary represents more than 55 different dioceses and 7 different countries, for service in the Church.