Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Dean Michael Battle Leaving Virginia Theological Seminary

Dr. Michael Battle, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, has accepted a call to be Provost and Canon Theologian at the Cathedral Center of the Diocese of Los Angeles. In his new position, Dr. Battle will work with the Right Reverend Jon Bruno, Bishop of Los Angeles (and VTS class of 1977) to oversee a variety of multi-cultural ministries in one of the most diverse dioceses in the Episcopal Church. VTS has developed a strong relationship with the Diocese of Los Angeles under the leadership of Bishop Bruno, and we look forward to continued partnerships with Los Angeles and with Michael Battle in his new work.

Dean Horne, in an email to the seminary community made the following comments: During his time here at VTS, Dr. Battle has made significant contributions to the work of our racial-ethnic diversity initiative. His commitment to reconciliation has been a hallmark of his teaching and preaching in this community and in the many congregations, dioceses, and countries he has visited. Dr. Battleā€™s work on national and international committees and consultations has helped to strengthen our ties with other dioceses and provinces of the Anglican Communion. We shall miss having Michael, Raquel, Sage, Bliss, and Zion Battle as members of our seminary community.

Dr. Battle will begin his new work in Los Angeles in July.


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