B.A., M.Div., Yale University; M.A., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University


The Very Rev. James F. Turrell was appointed vice president and dean of the School of Theology on July 1, 2020. Turrell studied history as an undergraduate at Yale (B.A., 1991) before pursuing a divinity degree there (M.Div., 1996). He was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem (Pennsylvania) in 1996. After parish work, he studied history at Vanderbilt University (Ph.D., 2002), focusing on religion in early modern Britain. Turrell joined the faculty of the School of Theology in 2002.


Turrell teaches courses on liturgy and on the history of early modern England. His publications include Celebrating the Rites of Initiation (Church Publishing, 2013) and contributions to the Brill Companion to Richard Hooker, the Brill Companion to the Eucharist in the Reformation, Issues in Prayer Book Revision, and the Oxford Guide to the Book of Common Prayer, as well as articles in the Anglican Theological Review, The Seventeenth Century, Anglican and Episcopal History, and Studia Liturgica. He serves on the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music and on the House of Bishops Theology Committee. His web-based project on worship across The Episcopal Church is episcopalliturgy.org.