The Very Rev. Timothy Kimbrough, dean and rector of Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville, Tenn., has been named director of the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies (AEHS) and the Jack and Barbara Bovender Professor of the Practice of Anglican Studies, effective July 1.
“We’re delighted to appoint Timothy Kimbrough to the faculty,” said Vice Dean Kavin Rowe. “He shows our students what the ‘learned clergy’ actually looks like, and his commitment to the broad Anglican tradition will enhance not only the AEHS but also the wider faculty’s theological profile.”
A graduate of Duke University and Duke Divinity School, Kimbrough is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church and has served congregations in North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, and Tennessee. He is currently consulting faculty at the Divinity School and teaches courses in Anglican studies with a special emphasis on the Book of Common Prayer and Canon Law.
“It is with gratitude and great expectation that I look forward to the work with students and faculty at the Divinity School, serving our Lord in the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies,” said Kimbrough. “The pledge of a seminary education, both residential and hybrid, in the context of the creedal and ecumenical commitments of the Duke Divinity School community is essential at this time in the life of the church.”
Kimbrough’s interests in liturgy, music, and canon law led him to serve as a six-time deputy to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church from the Diocese of North Carolina. His musical settings of hymns, service music, choral anthems, and children’s songs have been published by Abingdon, GBGMusik, and Hinshaw Music, Inc., with several of his psalm antiphon settings appearing in The United Methodist Hymnal.
Ronald Rittgers, professor of the history of Christianity and chair of the search committee, noted Kimbrough’s reputation as a trusted teacher and mentor at Duke Divinity, having taught courses on the Book of Common Prayer and related topics for nearly 20 years:
“He possesses a wealth of practical pastoral and administrative experience that will be a gift to AEHS (and non-AEHS) students who are training for the ministry,” said Rittgers. “A humble yet visionary leader, Kimbrough will be a blessing to the AEHS as he leads it into an exciting future with the cross of Christ at its center.”
The Anglican Episcopal House of Studies at Duke Divinity School is a full Anglican seminary program that prepares students for Christian leadership throughout the Anglican Communion.