R. David Cox is a professor of history at Southern Virginia University.
Ordained in the Episcopal Church in 1972 to serve parishes in Connecticut, David Cox returned to Virginia in 1987 to become rector of R. E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church in Lexington. In 2000, he left that position to complete doctoral studies, for which he received fellowships at Harvard Divinity School and Virginia Theological Seminary. He then served congregations in northern Virginia, Richmond, and, from 2006-13, Hot Springs. He ran for Virginia’s House of Delegates in 2005, for the state Senate in 2007, and in 2008 was elected to the Lexington City Council on which he served a four-year term. He graduated from two programs of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia.
At Southern Virginia since 2006, he has taught courses in liberal arts and history with a focus on American and religious studies and contemporary issues. The Southern Virginia chapter of Phi Kappa Phi named him “professor of the year” for 2018. His book, A Religious Biography of Robert E. Lee, appeared in March, 2017, part of the “Library of Religious Biography” issued by the Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. In March, 2018 he published Lee Chapel at 150, a sesquicentennial history of the chapel built by Lee at Washington and Lee University. Previously he taught ethics at Dabney Lancaster Community College, published books on marriage and on ministry, presented historical papers at the Virginia Forum in 2015 and 2016, and written regularly for newspapers and magazines. He and his wife, Melissa, reside in Lexington, Virginia and have three children, four grandchildren, and one dog.
B.A., University of Virginia, 1969; M.Div., S.T.M., Yale University, 1972, 1987; Ph.D., Foundation House, Oxford/Graduate Theological Foundation, 2001
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