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, beginning July 1, 2022.
“Dr. Kimball is an extraordinary asset to the Seminary,” said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president of VTS. “She has attracted significant grant income that supports lay people, smaller congregations, and now, potentially, parenting and home formation. She oversees a vital part of the Seminary which engages with the cyber world and weaves together everything from the TryTank to Christian Formation. Literally, thousands of people are impacted by her hard work. We are deeply grateful for her witness and presence at Virginia Theological Seminary.”
Joining the Seminary’s faculty in 2009, Kimball is currently the associate dean of Lifelong Learning and the James Maxwell Professor Chair of Lifelong Christian Formation. Her areas of expertise include human development, experiential learning, faith formation, church history, popular culture, adult formation, lay ministry development, adolescent spiritual development, and program evaluation. She also serves as faculty liaison for the Baptized for Life and Mutual Ministry initiatives, made possible through grants from Lilly Endowment, Inc.
Prior to joining the faculty, Kimball was a faculty member in the College of Education at the University of Minnesota, with dual appointments in the School of Social Work (Youth Studies) and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She also held a position as a research scientist at Search Institute in Minneapolis, MN. While working full-time in the academy, Dr. Kimball maintained a regular schedule of national consulting, conference presentations, and teaching in youth ministry, evangelism, and congregational and leadership development, including serving as adjunct faculty at Luther Seminary, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. Before assuming an academic career, she spent twenty years serving on 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 has led the way in forming leaders of the Episcopal Church, including the Most Rev. John E. Hines (VTS 1933, D.D. 1946), former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church; the Rt. Rev. John T. Walker (VTS 1954, D.D. 1978), the first African-American bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; and theologian, author and lay preacher Ms. Verna J. Dozier (VTS D.D. 1978). Serving the worldwide Anglican Communion, Virginia Theological Seminary educates approximately 25% of those being ordained who received residential theological education. Visit us online: www.vts.edu.