Faculty Feature: Osvaldo Vena


I try to help students get excited about the Bible. One of my main pedagogical tools is empowering students to ask all kinds of questions of the biblical text. When we ask new questions of the text, the Bible then can address us where we are and bring God's word for our context.

This dynamic exchange in the classroom can only happen because of the vast network of alums and friends who financially support Garrett-Evangelical. Your gift is not only an investment in theological education but more importantly an investment in the future of the Church, the academy, and our world.   

- Dr. Osvaldo Vena



In the classroom my primary goal is not information but liberation and transformation. My classes become an invitation for students to open their minds to new interpretations and to open their hearts to those who hold those interpretations. When we aks new questions of the text, the Bible can then address us where we are and bring God's word for our context. 

On the stage I sing for peace. I offer my songs as a tribute to Jewish, Arab, and Argentine children who are still not able to live the dignified type of life they deserve. Proceeds from my music support Hope Secondary School in Beit Jala, West Bank and Sueñitos, a day care center working with under privileged children of Ciudad Oculta, the Hidden City, one of the shanty towns of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

- Dr. Osvaldo Vena
Professor of New Testament Interpretation,
Vocalist and Guitarist for Still a Dream Band

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2012-2013 Honor Roll

We are incredibly grateful for the many alums, friends, trustees, churches, foundations, and corporations who supported Garrett-Evangelical in the 2012-13 academic year with their generous financial gifts, their prayers, and their wise counsel. Your partnership enabled the seminary to once again fulfill its mission of preparing bold Christian leaders for the church, the academy, and the world.

More specifically, your gifts enabled the seminary to:
  • educate 428 students for various forms of ministry and send forth 77 masters and doctoral graduates into the world
  • complete the funding for the Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation and to appoint Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt as the first holder of this chair
  • continue funding a faculty position in Global Christianity and World Religions for four more years, with Dr. Hendrik Pieterse filling that position
  • increase the occupancy in seminary dormitories and off-campus housing through continued improvements and renovation of our facilities
  • add $5.5 million to the seminary’s Forging Our Future: Phase Three campaign, and surpass the $75 million mark in the $100 million endowment campaig

We are grateful for your support and we invite you to help us again this year fulfill our mission of preparing bold Christian leaders for the church, the academy, and the world.  To learn more go to Giving to Garrett-Evangelical or contact David Heetland, Vice President of Development, at david.heetland@garrett.edu or by phone at 847.866.3970.

2012-2013 Honor Roll

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  To see the honor roll from the 2011-2012 fiscal year, click here.

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