Who We Are
Our mission is to equip and inspire churches and individuals for the ministry of Christian education and faith formation.
EQUIP. TEACH. FORM.
DISCIPLES OF ALL AGES.
+ Committed to teaching the Christian Faith
+ Working with children, youth, or adults
+ Forming disciples at church, school, camp, home, & more
+ Equipping you for ministry
+ Providing seasonal ideas for all ages
+ Curating resources for faith formation
Who Curates Building Faith?
Building Faith is published by Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary. Our mission is to equip and inspire churches and individuals for the ministry of Christian education and faith formation.
We believe that Christian education means helping all ages – children, youth, and adults – grow in the knowledge and love of God. We also know that formation happens in many ways: worship, church school, faith at home, outreach, mission, camp, and more.
When you read articles on Building Faith, you are learning from ministry leaders in the field. Our authors are practitioners, lay and clergy, representing diverse background, settings, and denominations.
Building Faith has been sharing practical wisdom with tens of thousands of readers since 2010. The site was first launched by Sharon Ely Pearson, and was subsequently passed to Virginia Theological Seminary in 2014. Through the years Building Faith continues to equip ministry leaders to teach the Christian faith and form disciples of Jesus Christ.
Welcome! Our hope is that this site helps you. Enjoy, stay in touch, and may God bless you.
Meet the Editors
Sarah Bently Allred
Sarah Bentley Allred is Editor of Building Faith and Associate for Christian Formation & Discipleship in Lifelong Learning. Before joining the Department of Lifelong Learning, Sarah served as Director of Children and Youth Ministries for four years and then completed the MDiv. program at VTS with a focus on Christian formation. Now a resident of Wake Forest, NC Sarah also serves as Director of Children and Family Ministries at St. John’s Episcopal Church. She is passionate about children’s spirituality, intergenerational worship, and small church formation. She loves local coffee shops, board games, the beach, and exploring new places with her husband, Richard, and their dog, Grace.
Charlotte Hand Greeson
Charlotte Hand Greeson is a member of the Lifelong Learning Department at VTS, where she is the Program Coordinator for Thriving in Ministry and Launching into
Ministry, as well as Associate Editor of Building Faith. Charlotte has created networks of congregational leaders through the sharing of practical resources and replicable practices for faith formation. In addition, she serves as the program manager for VTS’ collaboration with the brothers of Saint John the Evangelist, developing formation resources for the wider church. An experienced writer, curriculum developer, workshop and retreat leader, Charlotte is committed to forming faithful, skillful, and responsive church leaders. She takes seriously Paul’s injunction in his letter to the Romans to “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep,” living this out in social media ministry.
Keith Anderson is the Editor of the Journal and Associate for Digital Content for the Lifelong Learning. He is also the pastor at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church in Ambler, Pennsylvania. Keith is the author of The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World (Morehouse 2015) and co-author with Elizabeth Drescher of Click2Save Reboot: The Digital Ministry Bible (Church Publishing 2018).
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