Dr. Virginia Rae
Current Church (or home church): Christ Episcopal Church, Winchester, VA
Ministry Interests: Contemplative Retreats / Spiritual Director / Teacher / Author
Geographic Preferences: Shenandoah Valley, VA
- MDiv and Spiritual Director Certificate, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, 2020
- Doctor of Education - Administrative Leadership, 2015
- Master of Business Administration, 2003
- Bachelor of Science - Psychology, 2001
- Graduate Community Counseling Courses
History in Ministry
- Community College Professor
- EMS Clinical Pastoral Experience Units I & II: Halfway House & Hospital Internships
- Chapter Lead National Organization of Episcopalians for Life (NOEL)
- Lay Minister - St. Paul's Episcopal Church
- Jail Ministry - Prince William County
Special Ministry Interests
As the world continues to change at lightning speed, people are experiencing higher
levels of anxiety, depression, and suicide ideation. Mindfulness Meditation is a practice
that teaches present moment mind/body awareness, and compassion for self and the world.
As a contemplative and meditation practitioner for over 40 years, I lead others in weekly sessions while continuing my own training. In October of 2020, I will attend a 6 day Nobel Silence Mindfulness Meditation Retreat in Colorado, and in February 2021, I will begin a 2-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program. This is a formidable credential coming out of U.C. Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center with many of the same teachers, authors, and researchers I quoted in my Doctoral dissertation.
Call to Ministry
As a full professor, each academic year I have the privilege of walking alongside
several hundred individuals as they prepare for their chosen careers. To speak into
their lives is an absolute honor, but with that comes a great deal of responsibility.
I seek to create a safe environment where students feel welcomed, accepted, and loved. This opens the door for students to share their struggles, hurts, confusion, challenges and joys. Every year, I receive countless emails from students offering words of gratitude as they express having found some level of healing in their lives while attending my class.
As I continue my life journey, I would like to expand my sphere of influence through spiritual retreats, teaching, career & business consulting, and "in-the-trenches" ministry. I am called to be a practitioner not an administrator.
If I was to describe my heart's desire, it would simply be "Love God, Love People, Love Creation" wherever I find myself. If I Love, healing will follow.