Our faculty is one of Garrett-Evangelical's greatest assets. They are widely recognized for their expertise, scholarship, and leadership in the Church and academy. They represent most of the major denominations and a variety of theological perspectives. Our faculty members have published hundreds of books and articles, and several hold places of international recognition and preeminence in their fields. Students also have access to the music faculty in the School of Music at Northwestern University, especially those studying voice and conducting.
Our faculty in the area of worship include:
Dr. E. Byron (Ron) Anderson is the Ernest and Bernice Styberg Professor of Worship and Director of the Nellie B. Ebersole Program in Music Ministry at Garrett-Evangelical. An ordained elder in full connection in the Minnesota Conference of The United Methodist Church, Dr. Anderson has served in parish ministry as pastor, musician, and educator. He has written numerous articles, papers, book chapters, and books including Liturgy and the Moral Self (Liturgical Press, 1998) and Worship and Christian Identity: Practicing Ourselves (Liturgical Press/Pueblo Books, 2003). Dr. Anderson is a member of several professional associations including The American Guild of Organists, The Hymn Society of the United States and Canada, and The North American Academy of Liturgy.
Dr. Ruth Duck, Professor of Worship at Garrett-Evangelical, began her hymn writing by adapting older hymns with language that was more inviting. She edited several inclusive language hymn collections, including Everflowing Streams: Songs for Worship (1981). Her work as a hymn text writer has now spanned over 40 years. She has written over 160 hymns and psalm paraphrases, which have appeared in many hymnals and supplements in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, Scotland, and England. Her most recent project is a textbook on worship titled Worship for the Whole People of God: Vital Worship for the 21st Century (Westminster John Knox Press, 2013).
Margaret McElwain Kemper, affiliate professor at Garrett-Evangelical and associate professor at Northwestern University, is a frequent organ recitalist both in the United States and abroad. Kemper is a past national president of the American Guild of Organists and is currently organist and director of music at the Presbyterian Homes in Evanston and on the organ faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago. A Fulbright scholar with André Marchal in Paris, Kemper also studied with Arthur Carkeek at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and Barrett Spach at Northwestern, as well as with Marie-Claire Alain and Anton Heiller at the Academy for Organists in Haarlem, the Netherlands.