The Installation of Frederick W. Schmidt as the Rueben P. Job Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation

September 10, 2013 | 11:15 a.m. | Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful

The Board of Trustees and Faculty of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary invite you to celebrate the inauguration of the endowed Rueben P. Job Chair of Spiritual Formation and the installation of Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt into this Chair as the Rueben P. Job Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation. The inauguration and installation ceremony will be held on September 10, 2013 at 11:15 a.m. in the Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful. The establishment of this endowed chair in spiritual formation is among the first in Protestant seminaries in North America and affirms Garrett-Evangelical’s commitment to academic rigor and profound spiritual formation.

Dr. Frederick Schmidt, Jr.

FredSchmidt2-lgThe Reverend Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt, Jr. is an Episcopal Priest, spiritual director, retreat facilitator, conference leader, writer, and academic. He is the author of numerous published articles and reviews, including forty-four entries in Doubleday’s Anchor Bible Dictionary, as well as articles in Feminist Theology and The Scottish Journal of Theology. He is the series editor for the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars Study Series and he is author of several books: A Still Small Voice: Women, Ordination and the Church (Syracuse University Press); The Changing Face of God (Morehouse); When Suffering Persists (Morehouse/in Italian translation: Sofferenza, All ricerca di una riposte); What God Wants for Your Life (HarperOne); Conversations with Scripture: Revelation (Morehouse); and Conversations with Scripture: Luke (Morehouse).  His latest work, The Dave Test, will appear in October, 2013, with Abingdon Press.

Prior to his appointment at Garrett-Evangelical, he worked as Director of Spiritual Life and Formation and Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas; Canon Educator and Director of Programs in Spirituality and Religious Education at Washington National Cathedral; Special Assistant to the President and Provost of La Salle University in Philadelphia and a Fellow of the American Council on Education; Dean of St. George’s College, Jerusalem; and Residentiary Canon of the Cathedral Church of St. George the Martyr. He has also served in numerous parishes in Harrisburg and Hershey, Pennsylvania and Dallas, Texas. He also served as a lecturer in New Testament studies at Oxford University and as a tutor at Keble College, Oxford. He has been a guest lecturer at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, and the Southwestern Medical Center at the University of Texas in Dallas.

Dr. Schmidt holds a bachelor’s degree from Asbury College, a master of divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and a doctor of philosophy from Oxford University.

He lives with his wife, Natalie (who is also an academic and an Episcopal priest), and their Gordon Setter, Hilda of Whitby.

Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation

Rueben JobRueben P. Job was born in Jamestown, ND, on Feb. 7, 1928. He was licensed to preach by Bishop E. W. Pretorius in 1952, and began serving a student appointment that summer. He graduated from Westmar College (B.A., 1954) and Evangelical Theological Seminary (B.D., 1957). In 1957 he was ordained an elder by Bishop Harold R. Heininger.

Rueben served several pastorates in North Dakota: Tuttle (1957-1960); Minot (1960-1961); Calvary Church, Fargo (1962-1965). In 1961 and 1962, he served as a U.S. Air Force Chaplain in Europe. He was on the staff of the General Board of Evangelism of the Evangelical United Brethren Church from 1965 to 1968 and on the general staff of the United Methodist Board of Evangelism and Discipleship from 1968-1977. In 1977 he was appointed District Superintendent of the Northern District of the South Dakota Annual Conference and continued as a staff member until he became World Editor of The Upper Room, the position he was holding at the time of his election to the episcopacy.

At the 1984 North Central Jurisdictional Conference, Rueben was elected to the episcopacy and assigned to the Iowa Area. During his tenure there, he served on the General Commission on Communications and as chairperson of the Hymnal Revision Committee. He retired in 1992. He continues to write in the area of Christian spirituality. His book, Three Simple Rules: A Wesleyan Way of Living, has been used widely across the church. In 1953 Rueben married Beverly Nadine Ellerbeck of Nora Springs, Iowa. Beverly is the daughter of Reverend William Ellerbeck and Hazel Deaver Ellerbeck. Beverly was employed as a junior high school homemaking teacher, an educational assistant in a local congregation, secretary for the Tennessee State Prison Fellowship Director and as a medical transcriptionist. However, most of her time and energy has been spent in church and community volunteer organizations. Rueben and Beverly are the parents of four children: Deborah Job of Fairview, TN; Ann Fullerton (Randy) of Brentwood, TN; Philip Job (Rene) of Fairview, TN; and David Job (Annie) Sioux Falls, SD.

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