Garrett-Evangelical News

Seminary Announces Key Appointments to both Staff and Faculty

EVANSTON, Ill., April 2010 - Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary announces four key faculty and staff appointments:

  • Dr. Hendrik Pieterse as Associate Professor of Global Christianity and World Religions;
  • Dr. Anna Johnson, Visiting Assistant Professor of Reformed Church History;
  • The Rev. Becky Jorgensen Eberhart, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management;
  • The Rev. Mary Ann Moman, Senior Advancement Specialist and Director of Course of Study.

Eberhart takes charge of recruitment, admissions and financial aid June 1; Pieterse and Johnson will join the faculty July 1, and Moman will assume her new responsibilities Aug. 15.

hendrik-pietersePieterse comes to the seminary through resources granted by the Henry R. Luce Foundation providing for teaching in areas of global Christianity, world religions and missiology. He currently serves as Director of Scholarly Research and Book Editor for the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) in Nashville, Tenn. He has served as missionary, teacher, pastor and editor of a number of publications, including the "Quarterly Review." He holds a D. Phil. from the University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa (now the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University), and oversees several initiatives for the GBHEM, including a major emphasis on the development of higher education resources in Africa.

anna-johnsonJohnson received her Ph.D. in history from Princeton Theological Seminary, writing her dissertation on "Piety and Polemics: Martin Luther's Reform of Christian Practice, 1518-1520." Johnson has taught as an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago. She holds a master of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a bachelor of arts from St. Olaf College.

Eberhart currently serves as Director of Admissions and Student Services at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Previously, she was Program Associate for Programs for the Theological Exploration of Vocation, an initiative of the Lilly 


Endowment in Nashville, TN, (2004-2007). An ordained elder in the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church, she served as Minister to Children and Their Families at Bellevue UMC in Nashville (2003-2004) and as Associate Pastor at First UMC in Mitchell, SD (2000 -2003).  She has worked as a consultant in recruitment and admissions for Chicago Theological Seminary and in vocational discernment at Dakota Wesleyan University in South Dakota. She holds a master of divinity from Vanderbilt University Divinity School and a bachelor of arts from Centre College in Danville, KY.

mary-ann-momanAs Senior Advancement Specialist, Moman will work primarily in Indiana and Illinois, focusing on development, recruitment and extending the seminary's program reach. She will also serve as the Director of Course of Study, beginning in summer 2011. A clergy member of the Indiana Annual Conference, Moman currently serves as Associate General Secretary for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and has given primary leadership to GBHEM's Division of Ordained Ministry for nearly a decade. She has headed several significant advances for theological education and ministry in the denomination, including development of distance education in Europe and Africa and oversight for the training of district superintendents and directors of connectional ministry. With responsibility for leadership development, she has advanced initiatives to welcome young adults to consider ministry and to strengthen the review process for denominationally-approved theological schools.

Garrett-Evangelical is a graduate school of theology of The United Methodist Church founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from many denominations and various cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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