The Washington Institute was founded by Dr. Steven Garber with initial support from the Lilly Endowment’s grant, Programs in the Theological Exploration of Vocation. In 2005 the Institute began its work among universities, colleges, congregations, and seminaries. Born out of a long relationship with The Falls Church, a historic Anglican parish located a few miles outside of Washington DC in Falls Church, Virginia, from the beginning it has been its own institution with a 501.C3 status (IRS). In its earliest beginnings, The Institute was inspired by the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity, begun by the late Rev. Dr. John Stott, which exists to teach people to live in the world under the Word.
"…Observe good faith & justice towards all Nations. Cultivate peace & harmony with all. Religion & morality enjoin this conduct; and can it be that good policy does not equally enjoin it? It will be worthy of a free, enlightened, and, at no distant period, a great Nation, to give to mankind the magnanimous and too novel example of a People always guided by an exalted justice and benevolence…"
Farewell Address 1796