Garrett-Evangelical News

Bishop Gregory V. Palmer to deliver address at 154th commencement

EVANSTON, Ill., April 2011 – Bishop Gregory V. Palmer, resident Bishop of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference, will deliver the address at Garrett-Evangelical's 154th commencement service on May 13. The service begins at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Evanston, with a reception to follow.

The seminary will award 62 degrees, including eight Doctors of Philosophy; six Doctors of Ministry; 36 Masters of Divinity; six Masters of Arts – in Christian Education, in Music Ministry, in Pastoral Care and Counseling, and in Spiritual Formation and Evangelism; and six Masters of Theological Studies.

Garrett-Evangelical will present the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus/a Awards to Dennis M. Oglesby Jr., who graduated in 1995 with a Master of Divinity, and Phyllis Coston, who graduated in 1958 with a Master of Arts.


Bishop Palmer received his undergraduate degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and the Master of Divinity degree from Duke University Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina.  Ordained a deacon and probationary member in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference in 1977, Palmer was ordained an elder in full connection in the East Ohio Conference in 1981.

His pastoral career includes pastorates in North Carolina and Ohio. Palmer also served as a district superintendent in the East Ohio Conference.

In 2000 the North Central Jurisdictional Conference elected Palmer to the episcopacy. He was assigned to the Iowa Area, where he served until assuming responsibilities in the Illinois Area.  Bishop Palmer served as president of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry from 2004 to 2008 and president of the Council of Bishops from 2008 to 2010.

Garrett-Evangelical, founded in 1853, is a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 400 students from many denominations and 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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