“We are God’s children and co-workers with Him in bringing the blind to see, the lame to walk; and in setting at liberty those in bondage, whatever the nature of that bondage.”
John Malcus Ellison – Tensions and Destiny, 1953
The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology (STVU) is the graduate theological school of Virginia Union University. Formally established in 1941 as the School of Religion, STVU’s origins extend back to the founding of the university as the Richmond Theological Institute in 1865. STVU is named after the late Samuel DeWitt Proctor (1921-1997), alumnus and former president of Virginia Union University, and distinguished pastor, scholar, educator, and civic leader.
Grounded in the rich traditions of African and African American religious life and culture, STVU emphasizes inclusive intellectual excellence, transformative spiritual growth, and faithful service to the church and world.
The nearly four hundred STVU students come from diverse personal and professional backgrounds, but share a common quest—to uniquely and authentically answer their call to Christian ministry. In so doing, STVU graduates are distinguished for their signature contributions to the church, the community, and the world.
Since its establishment, the following individuals have served STVU as dean: Richard I. McKinney (1941-1944), Samuel M. Carter (1948-1950), Samuel DeWitt Proctor (1950-1955), Allix B. James (1955-1970), Miles Jones (1970-1973), J. Deotis Roberts (1973-1976), Paul Nichols (1976-1982), Henry H. Mitchell (1982-1986), and John W. Kinney (1990-2017). The current dean is Corey D. B. Walker, who began serving on July 1, 2017.
For over 75 years, STVU has remained steadfast in its commitment to Christ, church, and community in preparing students for faithful Christian ministry and service in a diverse world.