Lloyd A. Lewis, Jr.

The Rev. Lloyd A. Lewis, Jr.

Address3737 Seminary Road
Alexandria, VA 22304

The Molly Laird Downs Professor of New Testament, Virginia Theological Seminary

M.A., Yale University,
M.Phil., Yale University,
Ph.D., Yale University,
M.Div., Virginia Theological Seminary,

The Reverend Lloyd Alexander Lewis, Jr. has served on the faculty of VTS from 1978 through 1991 and from 2000 to the present. He is currently the Molly Laird Downs Professor of New Testament.

He completed his Ph.D. at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut where the focus of his study was on the social and theological implications of the use of family language in Paul’s Letter to Philemon. He previously received the M.A. and M.Phil. in New Testament studies at Yale University, the M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Virginia, and an A.B. in Classics from Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. Virginia Theological Seminary has conferred upon him the D.D. honoris causae

Before joining the Faculty at VTS, Professor Lewis was ordained a deacon and priest in The Episcopal Church. He was Curate at Saint George’s Church, Brooklyn, Assistant at Saint Monica’s Church, Hartford, and Tutor at The General Theological Seminary, New York City. Previous to his return to the Faculty he was Dean of the George Mercer, Jr. Memorial School of Theology and Bishop’s Deputy for Education in the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island, Honorary Assistant at the Church of Saint James of Jerusalem, Long Beach, New York, and Adjunct in New Testament at the General Theological Seminary, New York City.

Professor Lewis has contributed articles to Stony the Road We Trod: African American Biblical Interpretation (Fortress, 1991) and True to Our Native Land: An African American New Testament Commentary (Fortress, 2007). He has served the church as a member of the Programme for Theological Education of the World Council of Churches, a consultant to the Drafting Committee on Revisions of the Daily Office for the Standing Liturgical Commission, and a member of the General Board of Examining Chaplains of The Episcopal Church.

He is a Canon Theologian to the bishops of Long Island and an Honorary Assistant to the Rectors of Saint Paul’s Parish, Washington, DC and Christ Church, Hackensack, New Jersey.

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