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Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is the result of the interweaving of three institutions:

  • Garrett Biblical Institute (Founded 1853)
  • Chicago Training School (Founded 1885)
  • Evangelical Theological Seminary (Founded 1873)

These institutional histories live on in our core values of critical and creative reason, evangelical commitment, and prophetic participation in society. As we prepare to inaugurate Dr. Lallene J. Rector as president, we give thanks for those who have served as president or principal and their relentless commitment to theological education.


Garrett Biblical Institute

Garrett Biblical Institute, the first Methodist seminary in the Midwest, was established in 1853 by largely the same church people who founded Northwestern University. Its founders hoped that the school would shape mind and spirit toward an educated ministry.

 GBI

Presidents

John Dempster
Matthew Simpson
William X. Ninde
Henry B. Ridgaway
Charles J. Little
Charles M. Stuart
Frederick C. Eiselen
Horace G. Smith
Otto J. Baab (acting)
Dwight E. Loder
Orville H. McKay
Merlyn W. Northfelt

     

 

1853-1861
1861-1878
1879-1884
1884-1895
1895-1911
1912-1924
1924-1932
1932-1953
1953-1955
1955-1964
1965-1970
1971-1974


Chicago Training School

The Chicago Training School, established in 1885, was an important force for women in ministry and for developing service agencies throughout Chicago. Chicago Training School merged with Garrett Biblical Institute in 1934.

 CTS

Principals

Lucy Rider Meyer
Louis F. Lesemann

     

 

1885-1917
1917-1934


Evangelical Theological Seminary

Evangelical Theological Seminary, located in Naperville and founded as a seminary of the Evangelical Church (later the Evangelical United Brethren) in 1873, joined with Garrett Theological Seminary in 1974 to form Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

ETS 

Principals or Presidents

Bishop J.J. Esher (principal)
Bishop Ruben Yeakel (principal)
Bishop J.J. Esher (principal)
Bishop Thomas Bowman (principal)
Solomon J. Gamertsfelder (acting)
Solomon J. Gamertsfelder (principal)
Solomon J. Gamertsfelder (president)
Gustav B. Kimmel
Harold R. Heininger
Paul H. Eller
Wayne K. Clymer
K. James Stein

     

 

1873-1876
1877-1884
1884-1895
1895-1900
1900-1908
1908-1912
1912-1919
1919-1939
1940-1955
1955-1967
1967-1972
1972-1974


Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Garrett-Evangelical, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church, was founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from various denominations and cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy, and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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Presidents

Merlyn W. Northfelt
Neal F. Fisher
Ted A. Campbell
Philip A. Amerson
Lallene J. Rector

     

 

1974-1980
1980-2001
2001-2005
2006-2013
2014-

RESPONSE FORM FOR DELEGATE

The favor of a reply is requested by February 3, 2014. For information or questions, contact Erin Moore at 847.866.3902 or erin.moore@garrett.edu

For those who will be marching in the academic procession, please remember delegates are responsible for providing their own academic regalia. 

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RESPONSE FORM

The favor of a reply is requested by February 7, 2014. For information or questions, contact Erin Moore at 847.866.3902 or erin.moore@garrett.edu.

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PLANNING COMMITTEE


Mark Fowler, Chair
Associate Professor of Church Leadership 

        

Anne Joh
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology

Barbara Adams
Director of Housing and Food Services

 

Pamela Keys
Master of Divinity Student

E. Byron Anderson
Ernest and Bernice Styberg Professor of Worship and
Director, Nellie B. Ebersole Program in Music Ministry

 

Krista McNeil
Administrator for Academic Affairs

Jaeyeon Lucy Chung
Director of the United Library

 

Shane Nichols
Director of Communications

Shay Craig
Coordinator of External Programs

 

Jack Seymour
Professor of Religious Education

Anne Ferguson
Dean of the Chapel

 

Cynthia Wilson
Dean of Students

FIRSTS AT GARRETT-EVANGELICAL

lallene-rector

Lallene J. Rector

2014 - First layperson and female President of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

    

Rivera

Luis Rivera Rodriguz

2014
- First Hispanic/Latino Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean.

 

 

     
gennifer-brooks

Gennifer Benjamin Brooks

2008
- First Black women to hold an endowed chair (Ernest and Bernice Styberg Chair in Preaching).

  pak boyer

Sujin Boyer Pak

2002
- First Asian woman faculty member.

 

 

     
henry young

Henry Young

2002
- First Black professor to hold an endowed chair (Neal F. and Ila A. Fisher Chair in Theology).

  k.k.-yeo

Khiok-Khng Yeo

2002
- First Asian professor to hold an endowed chair (Harry R. Kendall Chair of New Testament Interpretation).

 

 

     
osvaldo-vena

Osvaldo Vena

1995
- First Hispanic/Latino faculty member.

  Rosemary Skinner Keller

Rosemary Skinner Keller

1993
- First Woman academic dean.

 

 

     
matthews

Marjorie Matthews

1984
- First woman bishop-in-residence; also served as visiting professor of Old Testament during residency.

  ruether

Rosemary Radford Ruether

1977
- First woman to hold a chair (Georgia Harkness Chair in Applied Theology).

 

 

     
carl-marbury

Carl Marbury

1977
- First Black academic dean of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

  ammons

Edsel Ammons

1968
- First Black faculty member of Garrett Biblical Institute to become a bishop (taught Church and Urban Society from 1968-1976 and was the designer of The Center for the Church and the Black Experience).

 

 

     
Shockley

Grant Shockley

1959
- First Black faculty member of Garrett Biblical Institute (religious education).

  harkness

Georgia Harkness

1939
- First woman faculty member hired by Garrett Biblical Institute (applied theology). The first significant American female theologian; thought to be the first woman to teach theology in an American seminary.

 

 

     
Bjornberg

Esther Bjornberg

mid-1930's
- First woman Chicago Training School faculty member (field work and social service) who became a faculty member of Garrett Biblical Institute upon the merger of CTS and GBI.

  Thoburn

Isabella Thoburn

1888
- Methods and church history faculty member of Chicago Training School, who headed the first deaconess home in the United States.

 

 

     
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Lucy Rider Meyer

1855
- Founder, principal, and faculty member of Chicago Training School for City, Home, and Foreign Missions (CTS), which merged into Garrett Biblical Institute in 1934. She is credited with being the originator, promoter, and sustainer of the deaconess movement in Methodism.

  eliza-garrett

Eliza Clark Garrett

1853
- Founding benefactor of Garrett Biblical Institute (GBI).

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