Lallene Rector WP


President's Office

Mailing Address
2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60201

Phone: (847) 866-3902
Toll-Free: (800) SEMINARY
Fax: (847) 866-3884
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The inaugural celebration of Lallene J. Rector as president of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will take place on February 28 and March 1, with the inaugural ceremony on Saturday, March 1. A variety of events, including a panel discussion, concert, and a worship service, will take place during the two-day celebration. 

This will be the 26th time a president or principal has been inaugurated in one of the three institutions that merged to form Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. The Board of Trustees requests the honor of your presence. Please use the Response Form to RSVP. If you will be attending the inauguration as a delegate please use the Delegate Response Form. Please reply by February 7, 2014.

We hope you will join us for this momentous occasion in the life of the institution. Below you will find the schedule of events, hotel information, and directions.  We also encouage you to learn more about Dr. Lallene J. Rector and the institution's history using the links in the navigational window on the right. 

For additional questions or needs related to the inauguration, contact Ms. Erin Moore, Executive Assistant to the President, at 847.866.3902 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Inaugural Events and Live Webcast Schedule



Establishing Justice at the City Gate: A Public Theology Conversation
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful – on campus
(Attendees can earn 0.5 CEUs, contact Shay Craig for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

5:45 p.m. | Loder Hall - on campus

7:00 p.m. | Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful – on campus


Service of Worship/Eucharist
11:00 a.m. | Sanctuary - First United Methodist Church - 516 Church Street, Evanston, Illinois


Inaugural Luncheon
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. | Great Hall - First United Methodist Church

Robing and assembling of delegates

1:20 p.m. | Glenna Hall – First United Methodist Church

Inaugural Ceremony
2:00 p.m. | Sanctuary – First United Methodist Church
(Reception in the Great Hall immediately following the ceremony)


Hotel Information


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn Evanston. Please refer to the Garrett-Evangelical Presidential Inauguration when making your reservation in order to receive the rate below. The reservation deadline is February 7, 2014.

Hilton Garden Inn Evanston
1818 Maple Avenue
Evanston, IL  60201
Phone:  847.475.6400
Price:  $130.00 (king or two double beds)

Other Hotels in Evanston and Skokie, Illinois:

Hilton Orrington
1710 Orrington Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201

The Homestead Hotel
1625 Hinman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201

            DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
9599 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, IL 60077

Hampton Inn and Suites
5201 Old Orchard Road
Skokie, IL 60077

Directions and Parking


Directions and Parking to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Parking is available in the Northwestern University lots without a permit after 4:30 p.m. on Friday and all day on Saturday. If you need parking on Friday, February 28, prior to 4 p.m. you can purchase a parking pass at the main desk at Garrett-Evangelical for $7.25. 

Directions and Parking at First United Methodist Church, Evanston, Illinois

First United Methodist Church is located at 516 Church Street, Evanston, IL  60201 on the corner of Hinman Avenue and Church Street in downtown Evanston. The main entrance at 516 Church Street is fully accessible for people with disabilities. In addition to a wheelchair ramp, there is also a lane in front of the entrance in which people can drop off and pick up people up.

Parking is available at the self-park garage just across the street from First United Methodist Church. This self-park garage is located at the corner of Church Street and Chicago Avenue.


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