Very Rev. Dr. Chad Hatfield

Very Rev. Dr. Chad Hatfield

President of the Seminary, Rector of the Chapel, Director of the Master of Divinity Program

Archpriest Chad Hatfield is the President of St. Vladimir's Seminary. Father Chad came to SVOTS from St. Herman Seminary in Alaska, where he was serving as the Dean. He presently serves as a member of the Metropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). His experience in various pastoral, teaching and administrative roles, spread over some 40 years of ordained ministry, are now blended into his ministry at SVOTS.

His wife, Matushka Thekla, is an integral part of seminary life where she is the Coordinator for the St. Juliana Society. An iconographer and graphic designer, she is currently finishing her certification as a botanical illustrator. They are the parents of Jason, who is married to Kasey, and who are the parents of Ryan, Morgan, and Braedon Richard. They live in Austin, Texas where Jason is a physician. Sean is the youngest Hatfield son, married to Maggie, and the couple lives in Wichita, Kansas, where Sean practices law.

Father Chad was ordained to the diaconate and the priesthood by His Grace Bishop Basil of Wichita.

Educational Background

  • B.A., Southwestern College
  • M.Div., Nashotah House
  • S.T.M., Nashotah House
  • D.Min., Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
  • D.D., Nashotah House

Teaching Interests

  • Missiology
  • Pastoral Theology

Current Projects and Research Interests

  • A missiology track for the M.Div. Program
  • A new missiology series for SVS Press
  • Series Editor work for the SVS Press Profile Series
  • A new podcast series focused on clergy converts to Orthodoxy

Recent Courses Taught at SVOTS

I currently teach PT208 Parish Administration, which is designed for seniors as a way to integrate their theological formation with practical application in parish life. The course covers topics of leadership; financial planning for parish and personal life (including pension and retirement); parish dynamics with councils, diocesan structures and volunteers (examined within the cultural context of a wider variety of Orthodox jurisdictions reflected in the traditions found in the senior class). My own nearly 40 years of priestly ministry in parish, school chaplaincy, foreign mission, and higher education administration links well with the various vocational options found among SVOTS graduates.

I also teach electives on a rotational basis: Mission & Evangelism; Creating and Sustaining a Healthy Parish; Orthodoxy in the Third World: The Mission Continues; Evangelization and the Orthodox Church.  

The St. Innocent Society is a student interest group with an emphasis on mission. As the faculty advisor I help to facilitate extra-curricular activities including guest speakers on campus and service projects. Mission Team activities are coordinated with both Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) and nternational Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC).

Selected Publications

  • "Anglicanism and Orthodoxy in the age of the ‘New Ecumenism,’” Forward in Faith, October, 2015
  • Contributor to “Evangelism” entry in The Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011

Recent Conference Presentations and Activities

  • Co-Chair of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA)/Anglican Church in North America Dialogue
  • Advisory council for First Things
  • Member of the OCA Metropolitan Council
  • Presenter at the 1000th Anniversary of the Repose of St. Vladimir Conference, Moscow, 2015
  • "Theosis & Marriage,” IX World Congress of Families, Salt Lake City, UT, 2015
  • Keynote Speaker at the Team Chicago Mission Banquet, 2016
  • Presenter at Fordham University for Youth Ministry Conference with the Romanian Archdiocese of America, 2016
  • Lenten Parish Retreats in Virginia, South Carolina and Pennsylvania, 2016
  • Upcoming speaking engagements include Parish Life Conference, Phonenix, AZ, July 2016, and "Walk Through the Door of Holiness: An Ecumenical Conference Exploring Christian Character within Post-Christian Culture,” Greenwich, NY October 3-5 2016. Advisory Council for FIRST THINGS. 

Recent Awards

  • St. John Chrysostom Cross and Award for Theological Education from the Romanian Patriarchate
  • St. Macrina Award for Excellence in Teaching from St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary
  • Doctor of Divinity honoris causa from Nashotah House Seminary
  • Distinguished Alumni Award from Nashotah House Seminary

Additional Certifications

  • Certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University School of Philanthropy, 2015


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