Ian S. Markham was appointed as Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary 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 Dean Markham served as Dean and Professor of Theology and Ethics at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, as 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.
Dean Markham is the author and editor of numerous books including: Against Atheism: Why Dawkins, Hitchens, and Harris Are Fundamentally Wrong, Liturgical Life Principles: How Episcopal Worship Can Lead to Healthy and Authentic Living, Christ and Culture: Communion After Lambeth, A Theology of Engagement; Truth and the Reality of God; Do Mo rals Matter; Understanding Christian Doctrine and most recently, An Introduction to Said Nursi: Life, Thought and Writings. His 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.
Dean Markham is married to Lesley Markham and they have one son, Luke. He serves as Priest Associate at St. Paul’s Church in Alexandria.
On Campus Sermons (Audio)
Writings, Sermons, Lectures
More Writings, Sermons, Lectures
Ian Markham: Try a Different Worship Service - Video interview with Church Next (2/15/2012)
A Strongly Creedal Church - Essay from Dean Markham and the Rt. Rev. Shannon S. Johnston; The Living Church (December 23, 2010)
Diocese of Chicago's Clergy Conference, Dean Markham presentation (October 18, 2010)
Radio Show (Audio) BBC Sunday Sequence - Dean Markham appears around 1:17:15 (September 15, 2010)
Washington Examiner Interview with Ian S. Markham (July 31, 2010)
Sermon (Audio): Dean Markham's Citizenship (March 25, 2010)
Article: Dean Markham speaks on 'Witness to peaceful co-existence' with other faiths at the Diocese of Atlanta’s 11th annual Ministry Fair at the Cathedral of St. Philip (March 9, 2010)
Video: Dean Markham's talk aa part of Atlanta's Ministry Fair 2010 - The Great Gathering (March 6, 2010)
Welcoming Students Back (February 1, 2010)
Seeing Through Faith(January 27, 2010) - TPM - The Phiosopher's Magazine
Dean Markham Sermon and Adult Forum(October 4, 2009) - St. Pauls Episcopal Church, Richmond, VA
Dean Markham Sermon (September 8, 2009)
"What Christians Can Learn from Bediuzzaman Said Nursi" (August 11, 2009)
given at the Rumi Forum (Click here for text).
"Is Greed So Bad?" (July 21, 2009)
Article on Patheos Web site, Public Square
Reflections on General Convention (July 16, 2009)
given at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Alexandria PDF
Why Liberal Churches are Growing (February 26, 2009)
given at the Washington National Cathedral
Spirituality Meets Civic Engagement (December 5, 2008)
given at Leeds Metropolitan Univeristy on the occassion of the inauguration of the Institute of Spirituality, Religion & Public Life PDF
Dean Markham's Interview with Day 1 (August 24, 2008)
Welcome Sermon to the Class of 2011 (August 11, 2008)
Anglican Communion Sunday Sermon (August 10, 2008)
given at Good Shepherd, Burke, VA
St. Paul's Church Lenten Series, "Christianity 101"
(February 10, 2008) - Part I: Finding a Way Into Faith (.mp3)
(February 17, 2008) - Part II: Science as a Reason for Faith (.mp3)
(February 24, 2008) - Part III: The Word of God as a Life (.mp3)
presented by Bishop Mark Dyer
(March 2, 2008) - Part IV: Understanding God as Triune (.mp3)
(March 9, 2008) - Part V: Humanity Fallen and Redeemed (.mp3)
presented by Bishop Mark Dyer
(March 16, 2008) - Part VI: Easter as the Christian Response to the Problem of Evil (.mp3)
Martha Horne Inaugural Lecture
(October 21, 2007) - Part 1: Living into Orthodoxy: What does that mean?
(October 28, 2007) - Part 2: Being Orthodox and Open
Robertson Fellowship Lecture
Conservatives and Dialogue: Why it is Essential to get Conservatives Excited About the Liberal Project
Teape Lectureship (December 2004)
The Teape Lectures are an endowed set of lectures, organized by the University of Cambridge. The endowment requires a set of three lectures to be delivered in at least two venues in India. Dr. Markham delivered his lectures at St. Stephen's College, in Delhi, and Bishop's College in Calcutta.
Theme: Dialogue Done Differently
Lecture 1: The Dialogue Industry
In this argument Dr. Markham argues that the Dialogue industry has been dominated by western, liberal assumptions. Dialogue tends to deliberately exclude conservatives.
Lecture 2: Learning from India
In this lecture, Dr. Markham examines the nature of the dialogical enterprise in India. He demonstrates that the assumptions made about the nature of dialogue are completely different then the interfaith dialogue industry of north America.
Lecture 3: A New Decalogue
In this lecture, Dr. Markham revists Leonard Swidler's famous Ten Commandments for Dialogue. Dr. Markham suggests his own list of commandments, which are shaped by his encounter with Dialogue in India.
The Lebel Lectures on Christian Ethics given at University of Calgary, Canada
Open Orthodoxy and Same-Sex Marriage: Where Should Christians Stand?
Neither Conservative or Liberal: A Theology of Christian Engagment with Non-Christian Traditions