Course of Study Office

Mailing Address
2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60201

Marigene Chamberlain
Regional Director

Timothy R. Eberhart
English School Director

Diana Ahn
Administrative Coordinator 

Academic Affairs

Mailing Address
2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60201

Phone: (847) 866-3903

Course of Study

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Welcome to the Course of Study School at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  Our goal is to educate and form bold local pastoral leaders to serve vital congregations for the flourishing of the world God so loves. 

Following the five-year program established by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, the Course of Study School at Garrett-Evangelical offers quality theological training for both English and Spanish speaking students in a multi-cultural community of learning and spiritual formation. 

We offer classes in a residential environment on the beautiful campus of Garrett-Evangelical near Northwestern University, where our students walk along the shores of Lake Michigan, stroll through shops in downtown Evanston, and ride a train into the heart of Chicago.

The dates for the 2015 Course of Study school (Spanish, English and Hmong) are July 19-24 for Session I and July 26- July 31 for Session II.  

With our strong and committed faculty, diverse community, and vibrant surroundings, the Course of Study School at Garrett-Evangelical provides a unique opportunity to broaden your knowledge of the love of God, deepen your attentiveness to the movements of the Spirit, and strengthen your commitment to following Jesus Christ today.  I am personally committed to ensuring you have a meaningful and transformative experience that respects your vocational path and supports you in local church ministry.  Come join us! 

Course of Study School


Admission Requirements for Course of Study

In order to attend the Course of Study School, you must:

  • Be licensed as a local pastor in the United Methodist Church (students from other denominations or programs may be admitted to the program at the discretion of the Course of Study director in consultation with your presiding elder or other denominational supervisor. If you are attending our school for the first time a copy of your License to Preach must accompany your application);
  • Be endorsed by your annual conference board of ordained ministry's registrar for local pastors;
  • Receive permission from your district superintendent and local pastor registrar.


Application Procedure

To apply to the Course of Study program:

1.  Click on the Apply button to access the registration and housing forms.

2.  Type in your required information on the forms (in PDF format).

3.  Save as a file to your computer and email as an attachment, first to your District Superintendent, and upon return receipt, to your Conference Local Pastor Registrar.  

4.  When the forms are complete, save and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

Completed applications for the Course of Study program, including fees, must be received by June 2.

Tuition and Fees

  • $75 registration fee per session if paid by February 15, $85 if paid by May 1, $135 if paid by June 2 
  • All registration fees are non-refundable after February 15
  • $30 Student activity fee per session
  • Housing options range from $370 to $587 per session  
  • Housing deposit $60
  • Housing late fee $30 after June 2
  • Meals:  One Session $150, Two Sessions $300
Many annual conference Boards of Ordained Ministry help students with costs for Course of Study School. Contact your conference BOM directly to determine your annual conference policy.  
Please mail all checks to:     Course of Study 
                                                     C/O Diana Ahn 
                                                     2121 Sheridan Rd. 
                                                     Evanston, IL 60201 



The Course of Study School prepares pastoral leaders for local church ministry through a 5-year, 20-course curriculum that integrates classroom learning with contextual reflection.  Normally courses are to be taken in the sequence prescribed by the curriculum.  At a minimum, students are expected to take first year courses in the first year of study and fifth year courses in the final year of study. 


Our faculty is made up of professors from Garrett-Evangelical and other theological seminaries, as well as program staff from boards and agencies and seasoned pastors who are excellent instructors.


Submit your homework by emailing one attachment (Word doc.) per course to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Homework is due June 15, 2015  All written work shall use proper citation methods to avoid plagiarism (see Student Handbook).  


You will need Adobe Reader to download course syllabi. 

Session I

July 19-24, 2015




121-E Bible 1: Introduction

123-E Formation & Discipleship

Karen Mosby-Avery

Al Caldwell

221-E Bible II: Torah & Israel's History

223-E Worship & Sacaments

Kimberly Russaw 

Carol McPherson

321-E Bible III: Gospels 

323-E Congregational Care 

Dennis Tevis 

Lallene Rector

421-E Bible IV: Prophets, Pslam & Wisdom Lit

423-E Worship & Sacraments

Brooke Lester

Patricia Efiom

521-E Bible V: Acts, Epistles & Revelation

523-E Evangelism

Rene Schreiner

Mark Teasdale





Session II

July 26-31, 2015




122-E Theological Heritage I: Introduction

124-E Transformative Leadership

Marigene Chamberlain

Steve Trefz

222-E Theological Heritage II: Early Church

224-E Administration & Policy

Carol Korak

Mary Ann Moman 

322-E Theological Heritage III: Medieval Reformation

324-E Preaching

Stephanie VanSlyke


422-E Theological Heritage IV: Wesleyan Movement 

424-E Ethics 

Michael Turner 

Darryl Stephens 

522-E Theology in the Contemporary 

524-E Theological Refection: Practice of Ministry 

David Dault

Matt Charlton 

Student Handbook


Students of the Course of Study School at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary are responsible for the information, policies, and procedures set forth in the Student Handbook.  Click on the link below to access the handbook.

Student handbook

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