The Rev. Katherine Sonderegger, Ph.D., is Chair of Systematic Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary. Since seminarians will be the future teachers and bearers of the tradition, she finds it wonderfully demanding and exciting to introduce them to the texts of the theological tradition. Sonderegger joined the VTS faculty in 2002, after fifteen years as a professor of religion at Middlebury College. Her academic career began at Smith College, where she undertook interdisciplinary research in medieval studies. Her priestly vocation began at Yale Divinity School, where she completed her M.Div. and STM degrees, writing a thesis on feminist theology. The first years after graduation brought her to congregational ministry and chaplaincy training at Yale New Haven Hospital. Raised a Presbyterian, the Reformed roots run deep in her vocation. She brought these into the Episcopal Church when she was ordained deacon and priest in 2000.