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.
"…True charity is wakeful, fervent, full of concern, full of good offices, not so easily satisfied, not so ready to believe that everything is going well as a matter of course. Rather, it is jealous of mischief, likely to suspect danger, and prompt to extend relief…"
Member of Parliament, 18th-century