Forest Hill & 43rd Street
Richmond, VA 23225

To Know Christ and to Make Him Known


Our Rector: The Rev. Dr. Ross McGowan Wright

A Greeting from Ross

Finding a congregation where you feel at home and can grow spiritually is one of life’s greatest joys. We at Good Shepherd have found such a home, and we welcome you to join us. If you’re looking for traditional worship, with a strong emphasis on the ministry of the Word of God, this may be just the place for you. We’re a small congregation with a lot going on – so everybody matters.

If you’re looking for a church home, check us out – you won’t find a more gracious group of dedicated believers anywhere!


804-233-2287 (office)


Married to Lynda Wornom Wright since 1985

Three sons:

Ross, Elliott, and Owen


Ashland since 2005

Originally from Columbia, SC; graduated from Dresher High School and attended the North Carolina School of the Arts


music (play trombone in the Richmond Pops), running, birding, cycling, hiking the Appalachian Trail



Church of the Good Shepherd, Richmond, VA - 2007 – present


- Good Shepherd Episcopal School – 2008 – present

Adjunct Professor

- Religious Studies Department, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA – 2006-present


I. Education


PhD Systematic Theology, University of St Andrews, Scotland – 2007

Dissertation: Karl Barth’s Academic Lectures on Ephesians, Gottingen, (1921-1922): An Original Translation, Annotation, and Analysis.
Supervised by Professors Alan Torrance, University of St Andrews and John Webster, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.


ThM Systematic Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary - 2003

Anglican Studies, General Theological Seminary, New York, NY


MDiv  Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, Ambridge, PA  - 1981

Divinity, Trinity College, Bristol, England


BA  English Literature,  Davidson College - 1976

Junior year abroad, The University of Montpellier, France        1975


II. Ministry



Diaconate - Trinity Cathedral, Diocese of Upper South Carolina - 2001
Priesthood - Grace Church in New York, Diocese of New York - 2002


Canonical Residence – Diocese of Southern Virginia - 1985-present


Rector – Church of the Good Shepherd, Richmond, VA - 2007-present

Family-size, ethnically diverse congregation in the City of Richmond with strong Christian education for adults, youth and children


Supply Priest – St Andrews Scottish Episcopal Church, St. Andrews - 2004-2005


Rector - Church of the Good Shepherd, Norfolk, VA – 1987-2002

Program-size congregation with 11 staff; sponsored six candidates for ordination; developed outreach ministries to Bolivia and Burkina-Faso; introduced parish weekends and preaching missions with guest speakers, including John Stott, Fleming Rutledge, and Paul Zahl


Head of diocesan Evangelism Commission – 1991-1992


Assistant Rector - Grace Church, New York, NY

Oversaw small group ministry, including recruiting and training of leaders; organized parish weekends (twice a year) at Camp Incarnation, Ivoryton, CT; served as primary clergy visitor to the elderly and introduced Friends in Service Here,  a ministry to the elderly and home-bound


Chair, Lower Manhattan Inter-Parish Council – 1982-1983
Chaplain, Grace Church School – 1981-1983


Youth Worker – The Church of the Good Samaritan, Paoli, PA - 1976-1978

Developed ministries to high school and middle school youth, including training of adult team, in this program-size parish on Philadelphia’s Main Line; introduced fellowship for college students and young adults; led a two-week youth delegation with the Oglala Sioux at Pine Ridge Reservation (South Dakota)


FOCUS (Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools)

Philadelphia        1976-1978
Pittsburgh            1979-1981

Created student-led fellowships in private schools on the Main Line; created summer Intern Program for the FOCUS Study Center, Martha’s Vineyard; introduced FOCUS to Pittsburg area and served as area director.



III. Teaching  and Academic Contributions


Adjunct Professor – Religious Studies Department, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA – 2006-present

The History of the Christian Church: From Pentecost to the Dawn of the Reformation

The History of the Christian Church: From the Reformation to the Present

The Life and Letters of Paul

Modern Theologies and Theologians


Adjunct Professor  – Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, Ambridge, PA – 2005-2007

Foundations in Systematic Theology (online)


Teaching Assistant - University of St Andrews, Scotland – 2004-2005

Introduction to Theology: History and Issues


Karl Barth Tagung, Leuenberg, Switzerland - 2004


Karl Barth Translators’ Seminar – Princeton Theological Seminary – 2011-present



IV. Publications


“Alpha Week: An Experiment in Community and Evangelism,” The Piedmont Churchman, 1974


“Parachurch Youth Ministries,” Mission and Ministry, 1982


Review article, Word and Church: Essays in Christian Dogmatics by John Webster.  The Princeton Seminary Bulletin, 2003


Review article, Karl Barth’s Theology of Interpretation by Donald Wood. International Journal of Systematic Theology, July, 2009


“Some Reflections on Translating and Analyzing Karl Barth’s Ephesians Lectures,” Letter from the Karl Barth-Archives, 2009


“The Problem with Flattery”, The Living Church, 2008


Translation, “Ist Barth überholt?” [GT: Karl Barth, Gepräche 1963, TVZ 2005], forthcoming.


V. Honors


Fellow-in-Residence - School of Theology, University of the South  Sewanee, TN – 2009


Scholar of Promise – Episcopal Church Foundation,   New York, NY – 2005


Grant Recipient - Russell Trust Grant for Academic Research - 2004

University of St Andrews, Scotland

Research at the Karl Barth Archives, Basel, Switzerland


VI. Presentations and Research Interests


“Cranmer’s Book of Homilies and the Reformation of Preaching in the Church of England” - Princeton Theological Seminary, 2003


“Exegesis as Listening: Karl Barth’s Academic Lectures on Ephesians” - Theological Research Methods Seminar, University of St Andrews, Scotland, 2004


“Free Speech: the Definition of Preaching in Karl Barth’s Homiletical Lectures” - Princeton Theological Seminary, 2003


“Inter-textual Links in Barth’s ‘Judas Exegesis’, CD II/2” - Scripture and Theology Seminar, University of St Andrews, Scotland, 2003


“Jerome’s Gallican and Hebrew Psalters: Background and Analysis of Selected Psalms” - Scripture and Theology Seminar, University of St Andrews, Scotland, 2004


“The Gospel in Two Little Words: Barth’s Exegesis of Eph. 1:3” - Biblical Studies Seminar, University of St Andrews, Scotland, 2005


“The Significance of Barth’s Expository Courses in Scripture, 1921-1938” - Scottish Barth Colloquium, St. Andrews, Scotland, 2004



VII. Languages


Greek: Advanced Greek Readings, Regent College, Vancouver; BC - 1996


Hebrew: Advanced Hebrew Readings, Princeton Theological Seminary - 2003


Latin: Oxford Latin Course, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA  - 1991


German: Mittelstuffe, University of Munich, Germany - 2004


French: Junior Year Abroad, University of Montpellier, France - 1974-1975