PhD Explore Event Registration

PhD Explore Event Registration

October 8, 2014 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


First Name (*)

Invalid Input
Last Name (*)

Invalid Input

Invalid Input
Street Address (*)

Invalid Input
Street Address 2nd line

Invalid Input
City (*)

Invalid Input
State (*)

Invalid Input
Zip Code (*)

Invalid Input
Phone Number (*)

Invalid Input
Email Address (*)

Invalid Input
Anticipated Enrollment

Invalid Input
Program(s) of Interest

Invalid Input
Garrett-Evangelical will provide overnight accommodations for one night if you are coming from a long distance. If you would like us to make such arrangements for you, please list the appropriate date.

Invalid Input
Will you be bringing a guest? If so, please tell us their name(s).

Will you be bringing a guest? If so, please indicate their name and their relation to you.
Additional Comments

Invalid Input

Invalid Input

Garrett on the Road

We're always on the road connecting with new people and their calls to ministry work of all kinds. Along the way, we would love to get to meet you too! Join us if we're in your area or contact us for a visit:

Leadership Institute 2014
Church of the Resurrection
Leawood, KS
September 24-26, 2014

Centenary College
Shreveport, LA
October 1, 2014

Millsaps College
Jackson, MI
October 7, 2014

Bethune-Cookman University
Daytona Beach, FL
October 8, 2014

UM Seminary Caravan
Chicago, IL; Evansville, IN; Worthington, OH
October 20-22, 2014

Imagine What's NEXT: UM Student Movement
Denver, CO
November 7-9, 2014



Garrett on the Move

On the Road

On the Road

Below is a list of the schools and ministry fairs Garrett-Evangelica is scheduled to visit. We'd love to talk at any one of these events about your call to ministry and how a seminary education from Garrett and prepare you for your future. Also, click the next tab to schedule a visit by us to your campus or event.

Request a Visit

Request a Visit
(a form will go here with necessary required information to schedule a visit to a school)

{tab =Alumni in Your Area}
Alumni in Your Area
Want to hear more about our seminary from a former students' perspective? Feel free to contact anyone of our alumni listed below about their experiences at Garrett-Evangelical.
(here will rest a table with the following columns:  name, location, degree, current role, email)

Going to Garrett

Once again, we want congratulate you on your admittance to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary! We welcome you to the City of Evanston, the shores of Lake Michigan, and the campus of Northwestern University. You join a community that is over 160 years old and includes thousands of living alumni who are engaged in ministry across the country and throughout the world. Welcome! 

In an effort to support your transition to Garrett-Evangelical and graduate theological education, we offer this page as a collection of resources. We are pleased and privileged to welcome you to the community.


For new students beginning this fall semester, Orientation will begin Tuesday evening, August 26 and go through Friday, August 29.  International Student Orientation will be Thursday, August 21. During the weeks leading up to Orientation, each Thursday we have been sending a GOING TO GARRETT email with pertinent information for new students. If you missed an email, you can access our past emails below:

Registration  Orienatation Pic - Square    Housing  Parking pic - Square  Business Office Pic - Square   Financial Aid pic - Square
Going to Garrett:
Registration & Orientation
  Going to Garrett:
Housing & Hospitality
Going to Garrett:
Business Office &
Student Accounts
  Going to Garrett:
Financial Aid
Academic Affairs  - Square   Student Life - Square  VFCL - Square   StuCo Directory - Square 
Going to Garrett:
Academic Affairs
   Going to Garrett:
Student Life
Going to Garrett:
VFCL & Field Ed
  Going to Garrett:
Student Council Directory
and Reminders
Finding Your Way - Square   Orientation and the City - Square Going to Garrett - Reminders and RSVPs - Square   Going to Garrett - Academic Tools - Square
Going to Garrett:
Finding Your Way in the Fall
  Going to Garrett:
Orientation and the City
Going to Garrett:
Reminders and RSVP
  Going to Garrett:
Academic Tools

If Orientation will be your first time on campus, please see our Directions and Maps page.



Parking during Orientation
Tuesday, August 26: Parking is free after 4:30pm in the Northwestern lot directly south of our small Garrett lot.  From Sheridan Road going north, turn right at the stop light at Northwestern Place.

Wednesday, August 27: Please email to reserve a parking permit for this day.  The Admissions Office will cover your $8.00 parking fee for this day only

Thursday-Friday, August 28-29: You can purchase a $8.00 parking permit from the reception desk in the foyer of the main building.


Below are documents you will need to read and/or fill out and return before classes begin on September 2.  We will be updating this list throughout the summer.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (Please read carefully and fill out the appropriate forms to bring with you to Orientation)
Office of Student Life Information
Immunization Form
Insurance Verification Form
Student Handbook Form
Policy on Sexual Harassment
Letter from Dean Rivera regarding the Whistling Vivaldi required reading for Orientation
Online tutorial on recognizing plagiarism by Indiana University (Bring a signed copy of the Certificate of completion to Orientation or send a pdf signed copy to
Academic Handbook 2014-2015

Companions on the Journey Request Form 
Counseling Request
Disability Accommodation Request

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS (Please read these carefully to help acquaint you to student life at Garrett-Evangelical and to the Evanston Community)
Insurance Costs
Staff Pictorial Directory "Who do I see about..."
Student Council (StuCo) Pictorial Directory
Information about On-Campus Centers
Moving to Evanston Tips
2014-2015 Tuition and Fees
Parking Information




For Students Starting in Fall 2014:

1 -  Registration Opens

1   - Preferred Apartment Move-in
15 - Preferred Apartment Move-in  
21 - International Student Orientation
22-24 - Apartment and Residence Hall Move-in
26-  New Student Orientation (Evening)
27 - New Student Orientation (Day 1)
28 - New Student Orientation (Day 2) 
29 - New Student Orientation (Day 3)

2  - Fall Semester Begins


Students considering federal student loans and aid must submit a FAFSA form.

Please use this Financial Aid Checklist to help you through the various steps in order to receive your federal financial aid monies.

Garrett-Evangelical's Institutional Code is: G01682.

Loans are disbursed after the second week of classes. 

Scholarships are disbursed the first week of classes.

Federal Work Study and on-campus job opportunities are posted on the MyGETS Office of Financial Aid page. Listings for Fall are usually posted after August 1. 

Please note: students must be registered at least part-time for any financial aid. 
(6-10 credit hours for Masters students, 2-5 credit hours for PhD students) 



Apartment and Residential Halls
Garrett-Evangelical offers a wide range of affordable, residential housing. Our apartments and residential halls are usually filled to capacity, and placement is on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is important to apply for housing early.

Housing forms are available here.

Preferred apartment move-in dates for the Fall:

  • August 1
  • August 15

Preferred residential hall move-in date:

  • Friday, August 22

Early move-in is possible upon availability.

Parking and Transporation
Parking is available through the seminary, Northwestern University, or the City of Evanston. The Housing Office has detailed information on parking options and prices.   

Due to our compact campus and excellent public transportation, students may not need a car. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) offers unlimited monthly passes for $86. 


Going to Garrett
Seminary starts now! Connect with current students by signing up for Companions on the Journey, connect with your in class through Facebook, share your excitment on Twitter and share pictures on Tumblr.  

The Companions on the Journey at Garrett-Evangelical (CJG-ETS) Program is a formal organization of current Garrett students selected to serve as intentional peer support for admitted and incoming students. The CJG program participants help incoming students develop initial social and academic networks. Learn more / To participate 

twitter-transparent Just qualified, just deposited? Let us and others know! 
Tweet us @garrettseminary and use #g2gets                     
FB-Transparent - New Edit  Garrett-Evangelical Admissions is the official page for prospective and new
 students. Feel free to post, comment, share and like. 
icon tumblr Check out Garrett's Tumblr. If you have videos, pictures or reposts you'd like to share feel free to email us 




The City of Evanston, home of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Northwestern University, boasts over 70 municipal parks and over 5 miles of public Lake Michigan beach front.

Information on the local school districts, activities, museums, libraries, parking, shopping, and dining can all be found on the City of Evanston homepage. 

For students with young children, please consult The Early Childhood Guide Resources in Evanston guide.

Chicago is famously (maybe infamously) known as the Second City, but as our mayor Rahm Emmanuel recently said, "It's a world-class, first-class city, too." Students are encouraged to experience the city's many resources first-hand. 

Explore Chicago - Official Chicago Guide
Garrett Chicago Guide



History of Christianity and Historical Theology


The PhD in History of Christianity and Historical Theology primarily prepares persons for teaching in theological seminaries and undergraduate church-related colleges, as well as for denominational leadership, and productive scholarship. This Concentration focuses upon historical themes, issues, and methodologies.  Students in the program will study a major historical emphasis, such as Christian origins and the Early church; the Reformations in Europe; the rise of the Reformation and the Wesleyan movement in England;  the period of US Christian history; Wesleyan and Methodist Studies.  Within these, more delimited time periods and subjects/themes would be selected for study and research, to include social context, theological developments, and key ecclesiastical and social issues.  The program allows students to minor in another theological discipline, or earn the seminary’s certificate in African American Studies.


Admission Requirements:

  • Masters degree in religious or theological studies from an accredited college or university.
  • Proficiency in the English language. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to give evidence of such competence (demonstrated by a TOEFL score).

 A completed application consists of:

  • Application
  • Research statement
  • Professional experience/Resume
  • Writing sample (15 pages)
  • 3 letters of reference
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • $75 application fee
  • Background check (conducted by the seminary, may take up to two weeks to complete)
  • Additional financial and church documents are required of international students in order to satisfy interrnal and federal requirements.

The admissions committee reserves the right to determine in its sole judgment whether an applicant is a suitable candidate for a specific concentration in the Ph.D. program.


PhD (H) Degree - 40 semester hours
H Degree Grid

  • 7 semester hours of core courses required of all PhD students
  • 24 semester hours in the major in Historical Studies
  • 9 hours in a minor field of study
  • At least two languages, ordinarily one from each of the following categories: 
    a) Latin, Greek, or Hebrew 
    b) French, German, or Spanish
  • 4 written qualifying examinations and an oral examination
    Among the three written exams in historical studies.
  • Dissertation proposal
  • Dissertation



Courses in the Concentration:

  • Life in the Early Church
  • Life in the Medieval Church
  • Christology and Trinity in the Early Church
  • Christianity and Culture in the Roman Empire
  • Ecclesiastical Latin
  • Topics in the History of Christian Thought
  • African American Religious History
  • Religion and the American Way
  • The Tasks of History
  • Christian Social and Political Thought: Topics
  • War and Peace
  • City of God
  • Introduction to Global Christianity


Core Program Faculty

Anna Johnson

Anna Marie Johnson

Assistant Professor of Reformation History

Select Bibliography
“Introduction for Martin Luther's Prefaces to the Postils of Antonius Corvinus,” in  American Edition of Luther's Works, volume 59.  Concordia (forthcoming.)

Entries on Anfechtung, Astrology, Gabriel Biel, Lucas Cranach, Diet of Worms, Desiderius Erasmus, Frederick the Wise, Humanism, Indulgences, Andreas Bodenstein von Karlstadt, Leipzig Disputation and Witchcraft in Companion to Reformation Theology, David Whitford, ed.,T&T Clark  (forthcoming).

Translation of “Martin Luther Reconsidered for 2017,” by Volker Leppin, in Lutheran Quarterly, Vol. 22 No. 4 (Winter 2008): 373-386.

Larry Murphy

Larry Murphy

Professor of the History of Christianity

Select Bibliography
Sojourner Truth: A Biography.  Greenwood Press, 2011.

“‘Good Religion’ and the Quest for Constructive Inter-Religious Dialogue,” in Kenneth L. Vaus and K.K. Yeo, eds., The Theology of Light and Sight:  An Interfaith Perspective.  Wipf  & Stock,  2011.

“Piety and Liberation: An Historical Exploration of African American Religion and Social Justice,” in Iva E. Carruthers,, eds., Blow the Trumpet in Zion: Global Vision and Action for the 21st-Century Black Church.  Fortress Press, 2005.

African-American Faith in America. New York: Facts on File. 2003.

"W.E.B. DuBois and the Souls of Black Folk: A Commentary," in: AME Church Review, Vol.CXIX, April-June, 2003.

editor, Down by the Riverside: Readings in African American Religion. New York University Press, 2000.

Jim Papandrea

Jim Papandrea

Associate Professor of Church History

Select Bibliography
Reading the Early Church Fathers: From the Didache to Nicaea.  Paulist Press, 2012.

“Novatian” in Encyclopedia of Ancient History.  Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

Novatian of Rome and the Culmination of Pre-Nicene Orthodoxy.  Pickwick Publications, Princeton Monograph Series, 2011.

The Wedding of the Lamb: A Historical Approach to the Book of Revelation.  Pickwick Publications, 2011.

“Between Two Thieves: Novatian of Rome and Kenosis Christology” in If These Stones Could Speak… Studies on Patristic Texts and Archaeology: Essays in Honor of Dennis E. Groh. The Edwin Mellen Press, 2009.

The Trinitarian Theology of Novatian of Rome: A Study in Third Century Orthodoxy.  The Edwin Mellen Press, 2008.


Affiliated Faculty from Cognate Disciplines


 Mark Teasdale

Mark Teasdale

E. Stanley Jones Assistant Professor of Evangelism

Select Bibliography
Articles “Saint Sava” and “Serbian Christianity,” in Blackwell Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, 2008.

“Peter Cartwright and the Emerging National Identity in Antebellum America,” in Methodist History vol. 46, no. 2, Jan. 2008

Solicited Book Review on Gibbs, Eddie and Ryan K. Bolger, Emerging Churches: Creating Christian Community in Postmodern Cultures.  Baker Academic, 2005.Journal of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education vol. 22, 2006 – 2007.

Solicited Book Review on Raschke, Carl, The Next Reformation: Why Evangelicals Must Embrace Postmodernity , in Journal of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education vol. 21, 2005 – 2006.

Barry Bryant copy

Barry Bryant

Associate Professor of Wesleyan and United Methodist Studies

Select Bibliography
"The Israeli-Palestinian Situation: Theological Explorations" and "Reflections of a Recovered Christian Zionist" Quarterly Review, Spring 2005

Presidential address, "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: Conflict of Values?" Wesley Philosophical Society, March 2004

"Class Leaders, Pastoral Care, and Christian Formation," in Discipleship Quarterly 18 (2003) 3:6-7

"Trinity, Technology, and the Meaning of Personhood," in Memphis Theological Seminary Journal, 38(2002)1:5-17

Henk Pieterse

Hendrik Pieterse

Associate Professor of Global Christianity and World Religions

Select Bibliography
“Die Gastfreundschaft Gottes leben,” in Michael Nausner, ed., Kirchliches Leben in methodistische Tradition: Perspektiven aus drei Kontinenten. Reutlinger Theologische Studien Band 6.  Edition Ruprecht, 2009.Opting for the Margins, Again: Recovering an Episcopal Initiative.   General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, The United Methodist Church, 2007); also available online:

“In Search of a Nation: Nation Building in the New South Africa.” Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Comparative Studies, Volume 8 (February 2002). Web:

“Neopragmatism and the Christian Desire for a Transcendent God: Is a Dialogue Possible?” Essays in Philosophy: A Biannual Journal, Volume 3, Number 2, 2002. Web:

“Rorty among the Theologians: The Possibility of Theology after the New Historicism.” Published in Charley D. Hardwick and Donald A. Crosby (eds.), Pragmatism, Neo-Pragmatism, and Religion: Conversations with Richard Rorty.  Peter Lang, 1997.

UMC Logo Garrett-Evangelical, a seminary related to
The United Methodist Church, welcomes
students from a wide range of faith traditions.