The Very Rev. James F. Turrell was named the 15th dean of the School of Theology in July 2020.
Turrell received B.A. and M.Div. degrees at Yale University and was ordained a priest in 1996, serving parishes in Indiana and Tennessee. He earned a Ph.D. in history at Vanderbilt University, focusing on religion in early modern Britain. He joined the faculty of the School of Theology in 2002, serving as professor of liturgy and associate dean for academic affairs, and he holds the Norma and Olan Mills Professorship in Divinity. Turrell’s publications include Celebrating the Rites of Initiation; articles in Studia Liturgica, Anglican Theological Review, The Seventeenth Century, and Anglican and Episcopal History; and chapters in numerous edited volumes. He has served on the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music and the House of Bishops’ Theology Committee. He is a canon of the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem.
The Rev. Nathan Kirkpatrick is the managing director of Alban at Duke Divinity School in Durham, N.C. In this role, he designs educational programs, facilitates leadership development opportunities for clergy, denominational and institutional leaders, works with publisher Rowman & Littlefield to publish Alban books, and consults with senior church leaders around the United States and abroad. He has degrees from Wake Forest University and Duke University Divinity School. He is a priest canonically resident in the Diocese of North Carolina and serves as priest associate at The Church of the Advocate in Chapel Hill.
Welcome to both our new board members!