The Rev. Michael Angell ‘11, the Rector at Church of the Holy Communion in St. Louis, Missouri, has been named recipient of Virginia Theological Seminary’s 2020 John Hines Preaching Award. The award is given annually to the outstanding preaching entry “where prophetic voice is central within the sermon.”
Named in honor of the former Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, John Hines (VTS ’1933), the award celebrates the ministry of preaching and its importance in our Church by recognizing outstanding sermons that are deeply grounded in scripture and focused on the seen and unseen needs of the worshipping community, the nation, and the world.
“The prophet is the person who brings a word from God to a moment. This is an obligation on the church,” said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president. “It is exciting to see sermons that are clearly doing this hard work. Rev. Mike Angell is a worthy recipient of this important prize.”
Founded in 1823 as a beacon of hope in a country new and finding its way, Virginia Theological Seminary is the flagship Seminary of the Episcopal Church. One of our first benefactors was Francis Scott Key whose poem provides the text for our national anthem. In the 191 years since being established, VTS 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 at www.vts.edu.