Robert Prichard (theologian)

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Robert W. Prichard first taught at Virginia Theological Seminary as an adjunct faculty member in 1980, joining the faculty full-time in 1983. He is currently the Arthur Lee Kinsolving Professor of Christianity in America and Instructor in Liturgy at VTS.

He obtained his Ph.D. in church history at Emory University in Atlanta, where he focused on theological discourse in the 19th Century Episcopal Church. He previously earned an M.Div. at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale and an A.B. in Spanish at Princeton University.

Before joining the faculty at VTS, Prichard served as a parish clergyman in three positions in Virginia. Among his responsibilities during these years of parish ministry were initiating what became the first Spanish-speaking Episcopal congregation in Virginia (San José, Arlington) and serving as the vicar of an historically African-African congregation (St. Mary’s, Berryville).

Additionally, he is first vice president of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church and a clerical deputy to General Convention (2006, 2009) from the Diocese or Virginia. He served from 2000 to 2007 as a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Consultation in the U.S.A. (ARCUSA) and has lectured widely to Anglican educational and clerical groups in Latin America. He is the first Vice President of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church.[1]

Prichard is married with two adult sons.


  • Editor of John Page Williams, A History of Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia(Harrisburg: printed by Morehouse for Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia, 1999).
  • A History of the Episcopal Church, second edition (Harrisburg:Morehouse, 1999; first edition 1991).
  • The Nature of Salvation: Theological Consensus in the Episcopal Church, 1801-1873 (Champaign, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 1997).
  • Editor for A Wholesome Example: Sexual Morality and the Episcopal Church (Lexington: Bristol Books, 1993).
  • The Bat and the Bishop (Wilton, Conn.: Morehouse, 1989).
  • Readings from the History of the Episcopal Church (Wilton, Conn.: Morehouse-Barlow, 1986).
  • Editor for Odell Greenleaf Harris, It Can be Done: The Autobiography of a Black Priest of the Protestant Episcopal Church Who Started under the Bottom and Moved up to the Top (Alexandria, Virginia: Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia, 1985).

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