On Sunday, January 13, 2019 the Very Reverend Ian Markham, President and Dean of Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia will be our guest preacher at the 8:15 and 11:00 am services and Sunday school lecturer at 10:00am. Dean Markham will be the first of our Greater Issues Speakers that will be featured at St. Aidan’s throughout the coming New Year.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., was appointed as Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) in August 2007. He completed his Ph.D. at University of Exeter in the United Kingdom where he focused on Christian Ethics. He previously earned an M.Litt. in Philosophy and Ethics from the University of Cambridge and a B.D. in Theology from the University of London.
Before being called to VTS, Markham served as Dean and Professor of Theology and Ethics at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut and Visiting Professor of Globalization, Ethics, and Islam at Leeds Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom. He also served on the faculty of Liverpool Hope University and University of Exeter.
Markham is the author and editor of numerous books including: Against Atheism: Why Dawkins, Hitchens, and Harris Are Fundamentally Wrong; Do Morals Matter? A Guide to Contemporary Religious Ethics; An Introduction to Said Nursi: Life, Thought and Writings; Liturgical Life Principles: How Episcopal Worship Can Lead to Healthy and Authentic Living; The Student's Companion to the Theologians; A Theology of Engagement; Understanding Christian Doctrine; and Why Suffering?: A Little Book of Guidance. He has also co-written and co-edited a number of publications including Christ and Culture: Communion After Lambeth; The Companion to Said Nursi Studies; Faith Rules: An Episcopal Manual; Episcopal Questions, Episcopal Answers; An Introduction to Ministry: A Primer for Renewed Life and Leadership in Mainline Protestant Congregations; Lectionary Levity: The Use of Humor in Preaching; The Penumbra of Ethics: The Gifford Lectures of V.A. Demant with Critical Commentary and Assessment; Reasonable Radical? The Writings of Martyn Percy; Why Liberal Churches are Growing; The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Anglican Communion; A World Religions Reader; and Words That Listen: A Literary Companion to the Lectionary, Volumes 1 and 2
Forthcoming books include the co-written Community Rules: An Episcopal Manual and new editions of Do Morals Matter? A Guide to Contemporary Religious Ethics and A World Religions Reader.
In 2013 Markham was named Fellow of King’s College London. Markham’s other awards include the Robertson Fellow 2006; Teape Lecturer in India 2004; Claggett Fellow attached to Washington National Cathedral in 2000; and Frank Woods Fellow at Trinity College, Melbourne in 1997.
Markham serves as Priest Associate at St. Paul’s Church in Alexandria, Virginia. He is married to Lesley Markham and they have one son, Luke.