Christian Curriculum

Lisa Kimball named vice president of VTS – Episcopal News Service

Lisa Kimball named Vice President of VTS

Virginia Theological Seminary

Posted 38 minutes ago

Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Elisabeth “Lisa” Kimball, Ph.D. to the position of vice president for Lifelong Learning, effective July 1, 2022.

“Dr. Kimball is a tremendous asset to the seminary,” said the Most Reverend Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., Dean and President of VTS. “She has attracted significant grant income that supports lay people, small congregations and now, potentially, parenting and home training. She oversees a vital part of the Seminary that engages with the cyber world and weaves everything from the TryTank to Christian training. Literally thousands of people are impacted by his hard work, and we are deeply grateful for his testimony and presence at Virginia Theological Seminary.

Joining the Seminary faculty in 2009, Kimball is currently the Associate Dean of Lifelong Learning and the James Maxwell Professor of Lifelong Christian Formation. His areas of expertise include human development, experiential learning, faith formation, church history, popular culture, adult education, lay ministry development, spiritual development. adolescents and program evaluation. She also serves as a faculty liaison for the Baptized for Life and Mutual Ministry initiatives, made possible by grants from Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Prior to joining the faculty, Kimball was a faculty member at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education, with two positions in the School of Social Work (Youth Studies) and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She also held a research scientist position at the Search Institute in Minneapolis, MN. While working full-time at the academy, Dr. Kimball maintained a regular schedule of national consultations, conference presentations, and teaching in youth ministry, evangelism, and congregational and leadership development. , including as an adjunct professor at Luther Seminary, Church Divinity School of the Pacific and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. Before embarking on an academic career, she spent twenty years serving the staff of five congregations and two dioceses in California and Minnesota.


Founded in 1823 as a beacon of hope in a country new and finding its way, Virginia Theological Seminary paved the way for training leaders of the Episcopal Church, including the Most Reverend John E. Hines ( VTS 1933, DD 1946), former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church; the Rt. Rev. John T. Walker (VTS 1954, DD 1978), the first African-American bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; and theologian, author and lay preacher Mrs. Verna J. Dozier (VTS DD 1978). Serving the worldwide Anglican Communion, Virginia Theological Seminary educates approximately 25% of ordained persons who have received residential theological training. Visit us online: