The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham Ph.D. was a guest speaker at St. Matthew’s as part of the Dimensions of Faith lecture series on February 9, 2020. Markham is the dean and president of the Virginia Theological Seminary, which is just outside of Washington D.C. In 2019 he made national headlines by announcing a $1.7 million reparations fund for the descendants of slaves who built the seminary, making VTS one of the first American institutions to take this transformative step. His lecture at St. Matthews, “Reparations and the Seminary,” explored the ethical and decision-making facets of the seminary’s process to fund reparations.
Markham has held positions at institutions of higher learning in both the United States and the United Kingdom. His latest book, “Community Rules,” takes the approach of Michael Pollan’s “Food Rules” and seeks to distill the basics of “good church” into a set of memorable rules, identifying the basic Christian principles that underpin Episcopal community and apply them to actions and relationships. Markham serves as priest associate at St. Paul’s Church in Alexandria, Virginia, and is married to Lesley Markham; they have one son, Luke.