Garrett-Evangelical News

Jerre and Mary Joy Stead Commit $15 Million to the Forging Our Future Campaign

steaddEVANSTON, Illinois, October 2014 – On October 23, 2014, it was announced at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary’s board of trustees meeting that Jerre and Mary Joy Stead of Scottsdale, AZ officially kicked off The Final Lap of the seminary’s Forging Our Future campaign with an additional commitment to their earlier commitments in Phase One, Two, and Three of the campaign. Their earlier commitments totaled $6 million, and their most recent commitment is for another $9 million—the largest single gift in the seminary’s history—bringing their total commitment to this campaign to $15 million!

Mr. Stead, who serves as the chair of the board of trustees at Garrett-Evangelical, is also co-chair of the Seminary’s Forging Our Future capital campaign. The Steads’ earlier campaign commitments have helped to endow several leadership scholarships, renovate seminary facilities, create faculty chairs, and support the seminary’s distinctive program, The Church and the Black Experience. Their $9 million commitment, a combination of a five-year pledge and a planned gift, is earmarked for the seminary’s unrestricted endowment, the largest component of the campaign. Earnings from this unrestricted endowment gift will allow the seminary to address future strategic goals and stay on the cutting edge of theological education.

In announcing their commitment, Mr. Stead stated, “We try to give where we can make the most difference—and we firmly believe that Garrett-Evangelical is making a critical difference in preparing the kind of Christian leaders our churches and communities need.”

In addition to their outstanding commitments to the Forging Our Future campaign, Jerre and Mary Joy Stead have previously funded the Jerre and Mary Joy Stead Center for Ethics and Values and the Jerre and Mary Joy Stead Chair of Christian Social Ethics at Garrett-Evangelical. In reflecting on the generosity of the Steads, President Rector remarked, “Jerre and Mary Joy have made—and continue to make—a transformative difference at Garrett-Evangelical. Their family commitment to support 'great people doing great things' and to 'giving back' have been very inspiring for the Garrett-Evangelical community. We are so very blessed to have them as our partners in preparing bold spiritual leaders for the church, the academy, and the world.”

“The campaign total now exceeds $88 million,” said David Heetland, vice president for development. “We hope that the Stead commitment will inspire and challenge others to consider what more they can do so that we can reach the $100 million goal soon. Gifts for unrestricted endowment are especially welcome, as are gifts for endowed scholarships, faculty support, and program support.” If you would like further information on how you can help Garrett-Evangelical reach this challenging goal, contact David Heetland at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 847.866.3970.

Garrett-Evangelical, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church, was founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from various 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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Garrett-Evangelical Launches New Residential Hybrid Course of Study School

Laptop with CrossEVANSTON, Illinois, October 2014 – Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary’s English Course of Study school (COS) is now offering courses in a new residential hybrid format, continuing its commitment to honoring traditional methods of instruction while also embracing new emerging technologies. Each of the 20 English-language COS courses will be structured to allow students to engage faculty and one another through 5 hours of online learning and 15 hours on campus per course.

While the majority of current COS students said they valued their time on campus, the increasing demands on their ministry and home life left many asking for an online component.  As local pastors and vital members of their own communities, COS students needed a way to attain their education without neglecting their jobs, community, and family roles. This new hybrid format creates a less restrictive education without limiting the conversation between students and faculty. COS students will be able to create relationships with their colleagues and professors through various digital platforms while minimizing the impact of being away from their homes.

Key administrators and faculty members have worked hard to utilize online resources that will not only facilitate students’ academic work, but that will also benefit their ministry work as well. Students will use resources like Google Drive and Google Hangouts to complete their coursework, engage in conversation, and become better equipped to effectively and creatively employ these tools in their pastorates.

"We are offering a unique way for local pastors to engage their coursework, which preserves the formational aspects of residential learning, like face-to-face classroom dialogue, daily worship, and shared meals, while incorporating some of the best practices in online education,” said Dr. Timothy Eberhart, director of the English Course of Study school. “The result is an educational model that not only better fits the rhythms of local church ministry but also prepares pastors who can faithfully teach and connect with others through the tools of online media."

Although the new hybrid format is only offered for the English Course of Study school, the Seminary hopes to also offer the hybrid format for the Spanish Course of Study school in the near future.

For more information about the Residential Hybrid Course of Study school, or to register go to www.Garrett.edu/COS.

The Course of Study school at Garrett-Evangelical educates and forms bold local pastoral leaders to serve vital congregations for the flourishing of the world through a 5-year, 20-course curriculum established by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church.   

Garrett-Evangelical, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church, was founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from various 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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Garrett-Evangelical Alumnus and Life Trustee, Rev. Thomas Babler Honored by North Central College

This news release was originally posted at NorthCentralCollege.edu

thomas babler-sqr 0North Central College is honoring The Rev. Thomas Babler of Naperville with a Wall of Witness recognition during Homecoming.

Babler and four others will be honored during the College’s Homecoming Reunion Celebration from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the College’s Residence Hall/Recreation Center, 440 S. Brainard St.

North Central’s Wall of Witness recognizes alumni of the College and/or Evangelical Theological Seminary (ETS) for their lives of witness to their faith and service to humanity. Names of honorees are displayed in Kiekhofer Hall, which houses the College’s Koten Chapel and is the former home of the seminary.

A 1969 graduate of North Central College, Babler has dedicated his life to ministry and leadership in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church. Prior to his retirement in 2012, he led congregations in the Illinois communities of LaMoille (Community United Methodist), Ottawa (Epworth United Methodist Church), Aurora (Bethany of Fox Valley), Naperville (Community United Methodist) and Sandwich (United Church of Sandwich).

As a visible member of the clergy in these communities, Babler would embrace leadership opportunities to better those communities. He served on the Mayor’s Advisory Task Force on Gambling in the City of Aurora in the 1980s, coordinated programs for the Naperville Ministerium/Naperville Interfaith Leaders Association, and worked actively as a volunteer with DuPage Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS). Internationally, his ministry work and study resulted in travel to Singapore, Africa and Jerusalem.

Throughout his career, he has remained involved with Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, where he received his master of divinity degree in 1973. He has been on the board of trustees there for 40 years and currently holds the title Life Trustee. Babler received a distinguished alumnus award from Garrett in 1997 and continues to be involved as an adjunct faculty member, leading a group focused on vocation formation and church leadership. Mentoring in the ministry is his passion.

At North Central College, Babler and his wife Mary are loyal and generous supporters of the Albright-Wesley Society and enjoy campus events. He assisted with the search in 2014 to hire a new campus chaplain and helped plan the Inauguration Worship Service for President Troy D. Hammond in May 2013. Mary completed her undergraduate studies at North Central in 1970 and earned a master’s degree from North Central College in 1998.

Babler and Mary are the parents of three adult children.

Others being honored during North Central’s Homecoming are Outstanding Alumni Award recipients Becky Anderson of Naperville, Jeff Swallow of Naperville and William Gossell of Farmers Branch, Texas. Wade Hicks of Framingham, Mass., will receive an Alumni Recognition Award

 
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Garrett-Evangelical On The Road: 2014 Seminary Caravan


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EVANSTON, Illinois, October 2014 – Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will be participating in the Seminary Caravan stopping in three states in the Midwest October 20-22, 2014. The Seminary Caravan will feature 12 of the 13 United Methodist Church (UMC) seminaries. Students will have an opportunity to meet with representatives to discuss what a theological education entails and to learn more about each seminary’s unique offerings.

“The Seminary Caravan is a great way for individuals thinking of taking the next step of their call to get a feel of what seminary is all about. Prospective students will be able to have face-to-face conversations with seminary representatives and find answers to the questions that aren’t easily answered by a quick search of the website,” said Rev. Becky Eberhart, Associate VP for Enrollment Management.

The Seminary Caravan’s first stop will be on October 20th in Chicago, IL at the First UMC at the Chicago Temple from 5:30-8 PM. The second stop will be on October 21st in Evansville, IN at the University of Evansville from 5-8 p.m.. The final stop will be October 22nd in Worthington, OH at the Western Ohio Conference Office from 6-8:30 p.m.

Founded in 1853, Garrett-Evangelical is the oldest seminary in the Midwest and the second oldest United Methodist seminary. The Seminary is located just north of Chicago, on the campus of Northwestern University, and serves more than 500 students from various denominations and cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction, as they learn, grow, and discern.

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.

For more information and to register for one of the Seminary Caravan stops, please go to http://www.explorecalling.org/events/seminary-caravan/. For additional information on the Seminary Caravan or to learn more about Garrett-Evangelical, contact the Admissions Office at 847.866.3945 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Discerning Your Call: Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Open House

 

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EVANSTON, Illinois, September 2014 – Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will be hosting an Admissions Open House for those interested in pursuing theological education on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. The Open House will include opportunities to sit in on a class; hear from other students about their seminary experience; and take a tour of the seminary and Northwestern University campus.

“Campus visits are one of the best ways to get a feel for seminary life and find answers to he questions that aren’t easily answered by a quick search of the website,” said Rev. Becky Eberhart, Associate VP for Enrollment Management. “Our goal is to give prospective students a first-hand look at Garrett-Evangelical and give them as information as possible in a short period of time.”

The Open House will begin at 9 a.m. with a welcome from Rev. Eberhart and the admissions staff followed immediately by a tour of the campus. A time of reflection will conclude the day’s events at 2:45 p.m. Participants, however, are encouraged to stay for Community Meal at 5:00 p.m. followed by worship in the Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful. To view the entire schedule of events, click here.

Founded in 1853, Garrett-Evangelical is the oldest seminary in the Midwest and the second oldest United Methodist seminary. The Seminary is located just north of Chicago, on the campus of Northwestern University, and serves more than 500 students from various denominations and cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction, as they learn, grow, and discern.

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.

To register for the October 8th Open House or to learn more, click here. For additional information, contact the Admissions Office at 847.866.3945 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Garrett-Evangelical Doctoral Alumnus to be Inaugurated as Seminary President

VLattimorepicture2 11 EVANSTONIllinois, September 2014 – Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary doctoral alumnus, Dr. Vergel Lattimore (G-ETS 1984), was named President-Elect of Hood Theological Seminary effective July 1, 2013. Dr. Lattimore will be inaugurated as the second President of the Seminary on October 2, 2014. Located in Salisbury, NC, Hood Theological Seminary is sponsored by the AME Zion Church and was founded in 2001.

Prior to being elected President, Lattimore served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Hood, the first person to serve as a Vice President at the Seminary. For the past year, he has served in the position of President-Elect, while Hood Theological Seminary President Dr. Albert Aymer took a one year sabbatical.

Lattimore, an ordained Elder in the AME Zion Church, is Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Methodist Theological School in Ohio and was Director of their M.A. in Counseling Ministries from 1990-2012. He has participated in the Hartford Seminary Leadership Education Program for Seminary and Ecumenical Executives sponsored by the Lilly Endowment and was the Richard A. Goodling Memorial Lecturer at Duke Divinity School in 1993.

Lattimore received a B.A. from Livingstone College, an M.Div. from Duke University Divinity School and holds a Ph.D. in Pastoral Psychology and Counseling from the Garrett-Evangelical and Northwestern University joint Ph.D. program. He graduated from the Air War College at Air University in Alabama in 1998 and served in the Air National Guard as Assistant to the Chief of Chaplains, U.S. Air Force, Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, DC from 2003 to 2005. Lattimore was the first African American chaplain to attain the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Air Force and the Air National Guard.

A well-published author, Lattimore has written articles on community mental health services, pastoral counseling and cultural values, and addiction ministry and social change. He is a published poet and served as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Ministry in Addiction & Recovery from 1996 to 2004.

Lattimore’s inauguration will take place October 2, 2014 at 2 pm, at Wallace Plaza in the Aymer Center. Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Care, Counseling, and Theology Jim Poling will attend the ceremony on behalf of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  

Garrett-Evangelical, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church, was founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from various 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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Seminaries Take Lead on Creation Care and Sabbath

Untitled copyEVANSTON, Illinois, September 2014 -  Interest in caring for the environment is cropping up in all kinds of places, including at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. While care for the environment has been a much-debated topic in the political sphere, it is now gaining positive traction in America’s theological training institutions. One example of this growing movement is Blessed Earth’s Seminary Stewardship Alliance, which will be meeting September 11th-13th in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

From September 11th-13th, two representatives from each of the 27 seminaries in the alliance will convene at Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem. The purpose of the conference will be equipping seminaries to integrate creation care and Sabbath values into their courses and campus cultures, with the hope that the seminarians who graduate from these institutions will share these values to the churches they pastor. Of the approximately 65 attendees at the gathering, eight are presidents and deans and the remainders are top-level faculty, administrators, and students. Keynote speakers include Bob Russell (retired megachurch pastor, Southeast Christian Church), Dr. Vergel Lattimore (President, Hood Theological Seminary), Dr. Sandra Richter (Old Testament Professor, Wheaton College), Dr. Gail O’Day (Dean, Wake Forest University School of Divinity) and Matthew Sleeth, M.D. (Executive Director, Blessed Earth).

Garrett-Evangelical has been a leader in creation care by helping to found the Seminary Stewardship Alliance and hiring Dr. Timothy Eberhart as assistant professor of theology and ecology. Eberhart and President Lallene Rector are also serving as Garrett-Evangelical’s liasons to the Seminary Stewardship Alliance. Since Eberhart joined the faculty at Garrett-Evangelical, the Seminary has joined in an agreement with Methodist Theological School in Ohio to purposefully teach curriculum that will create ecologically minded leaders for the church and the academy.

Dr. Eberhart and President Rector look forward to attending the conference next week in order to brainstorm new ideas to bolster the Seminary’s creation care and Sabbath efforts. “ Garrett-Evangelical is committed to integrating ecological perspectives and sustainable practices throughout the curriculum, worship and spiritual life, programming, buildings and grounds, and administrative operations of the Seminary. It is important to support the preparation of our graduates for effective leadership in the increasingly urgent matters of sustainable living and creation care,” shared President Rector.

If you have questions on Garrett-Evangelical’s involvement with the Alliance and would like to further engage in creation care at this institution, please contact Dr. Timothy Eberhart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 847.866.3972.

 To learn more about the Seminary Stewardship Alliance visit our website (http://seminaryalliance.org/). For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Laura Leavell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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In Memoriam: Dr. John Hinkle, Former Faculty

Hinkle Page 1EVANSTON, Illinois, September 2014 – Dr. John Hinkle, beloved former faculty member, passed away on August 28, 2014. Hinkle was a loving husband and father as well as a minister, missionary, clinical psychologist, and professor. He served as a missionary for The United Methodist Church (UMC) to the Philippines from 1960-1964 and established a church in Iligan City, Philippines. Hinkle was a member of the faculty at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary from 1972-1999. He served on the National Committee for Psychological Assessment for the UMC from 1980-2000. Hinkle also maintained a private practice of psychology focusing on the assessment of ministerial candidates for over 40 years.

“Dr. Hinkle provided entrepreneurial leadership not only for the school in psychological assessment, related research, and in doctoral level training of pastoral counselor/ clinicians, but he also made many contributions to the UMC and to other denominations as they began to seek ways to systematically assess the psychological health of candidates for ordination,” said President Rector. “Given his training and his experience as missionary in the Philippines, Hinkle was also an early leader/expert in assisting students and faculty to learn more about the cultural dimensions of their work and ministry and its interaction with theological reflection.”

Hinkle earned a Bachelor of Arts from Taylor University in 1955, Bachelor of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological School in 1959, Master of Arts from Northwestern University in 1960, and his Doctorate from Northwestern University in 1970.

The Hinkle family asks that in lieu of flowers please make a donation in Rev. John Hinkle’s name (Advance #0079Z) to Global Ministries, P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068 to support current and future mission work around the world with a special focus on the Philippines. You can donate online at the following web address on behalf of Rev. John Hinkle: http://www.umcmission.org/2014missionary. If you would like his family to receive notice of your donation please enter the following email address when you make your online donation: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Garrett-Evangelical, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church, was founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from various 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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The Donald E. Struchen Endowed Scholarship Announced

EVANSTON, Illinois, September 2014 – In recognition of Rev. Donald Struchen’s outstanding ministry and significant contributions to the church and our world, family and friends have established the Donald E. Struchen Endowed Scholarship at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. A graduate of Garrett Biblical Institute (1948), one of the three institutions that formed Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Struchen has been in ministry for over 60 years. The Donald E. Struchen Endowed Scholarship will be a valuable resource for providing the next generation of church leaders with the highest quality and most affordable theological education possible.

At the end of World War II, Struchen traveled with shipments of livestock for families in areas ravaged by the fighting. In the summer of 1946, while a student at Garrett Biblical Institute, Struchen cared for 50 horses on a ship from Norfolk, VA to Trieste, Italy. Struchen and the rest of these “seagoing cowboys” are now credited with laying the foundational pieces for the creation of Heifer International, a global non-profit that works with communities to end world hunger and poverty.

In 1948, Struchen was ordained an elder in the Methodist Episcopal Church and served a number of parishes until his appointment as Executive Secretary of the Erie Conference Board of Education in 1953. In 1961, Struchen joined the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, where he served for 27 years, working in every Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in the USA. In retirement, Struchen accompanies his wife, Shirley Struchen, Executive Director of Religion Communicators Council (RCC), to numerous RCC conventions and events. Struchen’s interests include interfaith relations and working together on peace and mission issues.

Garrett-Evangelical, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church, was founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from various 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. 

To make a gift to the Donald E. Struchen Endowed Scholarship, go to www.Garrett.edu/Giving and be sure to note Struchen Scholarship in the “Restricted to” field. To give by check make your check payable to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, designate it for the Donald E. Struchen Endowed Scholarship, and send it to: Development Office, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 2121 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60201. Your gift is fully tax deductible.

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Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Welcomed over 90 Students for New Student Orientation

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Keeping in my thoughts and prayers all those who are starting New Student Orientation at Garrett-Evangelical!

Absolutely loved the opening worship at . Inspired to start this new chapter of my journey.

This morning one of the staff said G-ETS was a sacred place, and I couldn't agree more. Day 1 of orientation = success.

I had a great night meeting several incoming G-ETS students tonight at dinner and ice cream. This year is going to be radical.

Full of gratitude for faculty, staff, current & other first year students I've met and will meet. Sending God all my thanks!

 

  

 

    

EVANSTON, Illinois, August 2014 – Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary welcomed over 90 new students to campus during New Student Orientation, beginning with worship and community meal on Tuesday evening, August 26. This year’s orientation provided a wealth of information for new students including an introduction to theological education led by members of the faculty. A number of activities were also planned during the three-day orientation including a tour of the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE) and First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple located in Chicago’s Loop.

Key administrators and faculty have been planning this year’s orientation for months in anticipation of the new students’ arrival. “We are excited to welcome our new students to Garrett-Evangelical, the cities of Evanston and Chicago, the shores of Lake Michigan, and the campus of Northwestern University,” said Rev. Becky Eberhart, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management. “These students will join a community that is over a century and a half old and includes thousands of alumni/ae that are engaged in ministry across the country and throughout the world.” 

In preparation for orientation, new students were asked to read Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do (W. W. Norton & Company, 2011). Authored by acclaimed social psychologist Claude M. Steele, Whistling Vivaldi is a summary of Steele’s groundbreaking research on group identity and the ways in which stereotypes can undermine the performance of the people they target. It takes its unusual name from a story told to the author by Brent Staples, an African-American journalist who writes for The New York Times. Key faculty members will offer reflections, foster discussion, and draw from themes found within this book throughout orientation.

Using a variety of social media platforms, new students expressed their excitement and interacted with other incoming students about moving to Evanston and beginning their seminary education. Garrett-Evangelical (@garrettseminary) used the Twitter hashtag #GETStarted14 for this year’s orientation. You can also stay connected with all that is happening regarding orientation at the Office of Admissions Facebook page (www.facebook.com/GarrettAdmissions) and all seminary events at the seminary’s official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/garrettseminary). Lastly, the seminary will be posting pictures of orientation on Instagram (www.instagram.com/garrettseminary).

Garrett-Evangelical, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church, was founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from various 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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Ph.D. Student, Michele Watkins-Branch Awarded Two Doctoral Fellowships

Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 9.24.32 AMEVANSTON, Illinois, August 2014 – Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Ph.D. student, Rev. Michele Watkins-Branch has been awarded both the Fellowship for Doctoral Students of African Descent from the Forum for Theological Education (FTE) and the Dempster Graduate Fellowship from the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Watkins-Branch is Ph.D. candidate in theology and ethics, and her current dissertation title is “Toward a Socialized Soteriology: Saving Black Souls and Black Bodies.”

“It was with God’s grace and the support of my adviser, Dr. Stephen G. Ray, Jr., and President Lallene J. Rector, that I have been blessed to receive the Dempster Fellowship and the Fellowship for Doctoral Students of African Descent,” said Watkins-Branch. “I am honored and humbled for the outpouring of support to finish my doctoral work.”

As an FTE Doctoral Fellow, Watkins-Branch will receive a living stipend of up to $20,000 to support her studies. She joins the first class of Fellows to receive a doctoral fellowship following the launch of FTE’s new doctoral initiatives in October 2013. FTE’s doctoral initiatives foster diversity in the academy by accelerating the successful completion of Ph.D. degrees among students of African, Latino/a, Asian and First Nations descent by providing them with financial support, a network of peers, a community of mentors and professional development opportunities.

“The quality of theological education in the 21st century will depend on the presence of theological educators who make a life of faith, church and the academy relevant to the increasingly diverse and complex world we live in,” said Vice President of Strategic Initiatives Matthew Wesley Williams. “FTE is proud to support these wise, faithful and courageous rising scholars.”

Named for the Rev. John Dempster, a pioneer in United Methodist theological education and the first president of Garrett Biblical Institute, the Dempster Graduate Fellowship seeks to increase the effectiveness of teaching in United Methodist schools of theology by assisting worthy Ph.D. students, like Watkins-Branch, who are committed to serving the church through theological education. Fellowships are based on the student’s academic achievement, their commitment to Christian ministry, and their promise as educators, and carry a value of up to $10,000 annually, with a maximum of $30,000 over a five-year period. The fellowships are funded by the Ministerial Education Fund through the Division of Ministry, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

Watkins-Branch holds a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical, a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Howard University in Washington, DC, and a Certification in Non-Profit Management from the Garrett-Evangelical and Kellogg School of Business joint program at Northwestern University. Watkins-Branch is a provisional elder in the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church and is appointed to SBC21 (Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century) as a part of the Academy of Interns program.

Garrett-Evangelical, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church, was founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from various 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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Rev. Dr. K. James Stein Honored for Unyielding Commitment to the Academy and the Church

Stein-EGD-WebEVANSTON, Illinois, August 2014 –Rev. Dr. K. James Stein, professor emeritus of church history and senior scholar in church history at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, was honored with the Eliza Garrett Distinguished Service Award for his five decades of service to the academy and the church. President Lallene Rector presented Stein with the award on July 31st at a special reception commemorating his final course at the Seminary.

Stein has a long and profound history with Garrett-Evangelical. He attended seminary at Evangelical Theological Seminary and began his teaching career there in 1960 as professor of church history. Stein would go on to serve as dean and president. When the Methodist Church and Evangelical United Brethren Church merged in 1968, Stein was a key leader in planning and implementing the merger of Garrett Theological Seminary (Evanston, Illinois) and Evangelical Theological Seminary (Naperville, Illinois). When the two seminaries merged in 1974, Stein was the first dean of the newly formed institution, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, where he continued as professor of church history.

Though Stein officially retired June 30, 2006, he has continued to teach courses at Garrett-Evangelical, in particular for the Seminary’s Course of Study program. In 2006, Stein was presented with the Distinguished Alum Award at the Seminary’s 149th commencement. With more than 50 years of service as a teacher and administrator, Stein continues to be revered, admired, and endeared by colleagues and students.

President Rector exclaimed, “Dr. Stein has been a true treasure for both Evangelical Theological Seminary and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. His administrative leadership during the merger of the schools, his academic leadership of the new Garrett-Evangelical, and his reformation expertise in teaching and scholarship all combined to make an exceptional contribution to the formation of spiritual leaders. We remain profoundly grateful for God's call upon his life and for the faithful dedication he has embodied in following it. He has blessed several generations!"

Born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Stein earned his bachelor's degree at Westmar College in Iowa before attending seminary at Evangelical Theological Seminary. He earned a master of sacred theology degree and a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in New York. As a major scholar of pietism and Evangelical United Brethren history, Stein was given the 2008 Distinguished Service Award by the General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church. He is the author of four books and numerous articles.

The Eliza Garrett Distinguished Service Award is presented in the name and spirit of Eliza Clark Garrett, who was the inspiration and chief benefactor/founder of Garrett Biblical Institute. Founded in 1853, the school has grown and evolved into Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. The award is given to honor persons who, by their imaginative acts of communal restoration and healing, reflect God's mission and purposes for our world.

Garrett-Evangelical, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church, was founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from various 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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Rev. Stephen Lewis to Deliver 2014 Convocation Address

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EVANSTON, Illinois, July 2014 – Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will welcome Rev. Stephen Lewis, president of the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE), as keynote speaker at the 2014 academic convocation on September 3, 2014. Titled “Start Boldly, Lead Differently,” Lewis will deliver his convocation address at 4:00 p.m. in the Seminary’s Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful and all are welcome to attend.

Lewis, an ordained Baptist minister, joined FTE in 2003 and has served as vice president of FTE programs and national director for its initiative equipping congregations and church-related organizations to identify future pastoral leaders. He also developed and directed an innovative leadership program for young pastors from diverse backgrounds. In 2011, Lewis was named president and has since led FTE’s new strategic direction and restructuring of its initiatives.

“We are so pleased to have Rev. Stephen Lewis as our convocation speaker,” said President Lallene Rector, “I look forward to the energy and insight he will bring to us at the start of the academic year. Our students will benefit greatly from his expertise in cultivating inspired young leaders for innovative ministry in today’s world.”

Before joining FTE, Lewis served as a training manager for the Institute for Church Administration & Management in Atlanta, where he focused on developing business and administrative capacities among clergy and lay leaders. Lewis has more than fifteen years of experience in corporate and nonprofit leadership, strategic planning, program development and group facilitation. He is currently a member of the Center for Courage & Renewal’s Board of Directors and served as a member of Duke Divinity School’s Board of Visitors during 2008-2013. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

The Forum for Theological Exploration is committed to cultivating diverse young adults to be faithful, wise and courageous leaders for the church and the academy. FTE provides resources and a forum for young adults and students to explore their purpose and call to pastoral ministry and teaching. For more information, visit www.fteleaders.org.  

Garrett-Evangelical, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church, was 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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Garrett-Evangelical Offers Continuing Education Opportunity Exploring the Order of Deacon in The United Methodist Church

EVANSTON, Illinois, July 2014 – Committed to deacon studies since the creation of the order in 1996, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is proud to offer a new course this fall entitled, The United Methodist Deacon. Taught by Professor Emeritus of Christian Education, Dr. Margaret Ann Crain, this much anticipated course will explore the possibilities, origins, theology, and ministry of the Order of Deacon in The United Methodist Church. Presented conveniently as three individual weekend sessions, this course offers lay and ordained leadership an opportunity to grow in their understanding of this essential ministry to the church and our world.

 “Garrett-Evangelical has been important as a training place for deacons in the UMC since the new order was created in 1996,” said Dr. Crain. “Now the seminary leads again with a course that considers how the order of deacon challenges the ecclesiology and clarifies the mission of the UMC. Deacons are poised to focus and lead the church in its mission. At the same time, some district superintendents and bishops have not known how to unlock the possibilities of the deacon or how to support appointments of deacons. This course will explore the order of deacon and consider how to live into its missional promise.”

Dr. Crain is Professor Emeritus of Christian Education at Garrett-Evangelical and is an ordained deacon of the United Methodist Church in full connection with the Northern Illinois Conference. Crain’s contributions to the academy and the Church have made her one of the most well-known and well-respected scholar practitioners in her field. She has served as a board member of the Christian Educators Fellowship and editor of Christians in Education, and was co-writer for the UMC Commission for the Study of Ministry in the 2008-2012 quadrennium. Crain also has participated in ecumenical organizations such as The Ecumenical Network for the Diaconate (TEND), the Diaconal Organization of the Americas and Canada (DOTAC), and the DIAKONIA World Federation. Her most recent publication, The United Methodist Deacon: Ordained to Word, Service, Compassion, and Justice (Abingdon Press 2014), gives a clear understanding of the order of deacon, beginning with a discussion of how its unique call sets apart persons for ordained ministry.

Continuing education students can register for one, two or all three weekend sessions. One CEU is available per session. To learn more and to register, go to www.Garrett.edu/UMCDeacon.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church, was founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from various 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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Garrett-Evangelical Leading the Way in Online Education for United Methodist Students

60 83c2446a0896df0a1f4af01c940ae1d9 m copyEVANSTON, Illinois, July 2014 – Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is among the first to offer all six United Methodist studies courses mandated by the Book of Discipline in an online format. Required for ordination or one of the ministry certifications in The United Methodist Church, these six courses explore topics critical to the contemporary church through a variety of perspectives and voices, and equip students for congregational leadership in the 21st century.

The courses are designed and taught by the Seminary’s core United Methodist faculty members, including senior faculty members in the fields of United Methodist studies, evangelism, liturgy, theology and mission, and church leadership. Through these online courses, students will receive individual attention, be stretched theologically, and exposed to new models of ministry. Combining the convenience of online education with rigorous academic engagement, these classes set the hallmark of United Methodist studies in an online format.

"Garrett-Evangelical is committed to supporting a full compliment of Wesleyan and Methodist scholars in the areas of history, doctrine, and polity, as well as evangelism, missiology, and worship,” said Dr. Barry Bryant, associate professor of United Methodist and Wesleyan studies at Garrett-Evangelical. “These courses are taught by core faculty members who are in constant interdisciplinary dialogue and mutual support. Students at Garrett-Evangelical benefit greatly from this approach. The end result is the creation of a vital Wesleyan/Methodist ethos available to students near and far, on campus and now in the digital world.”

Starting in the 2014-2015 academic year, Garrett-Evangelical will offer United Methodist Doctrine, United Methodist History, and United Methodist Polity in the fall and spring semesters of each year. United Methodist Worship, Theology of Evangelism, and Introduction to Global Christianity will be offered once every other academic year.

Garrett-Evangelical continuously implements new and emerging technologies to reach out to as many people as possible and to prepare spiritual leaders in every stage of their lives and ministries. While we honor the traditional methods of instruction and rich heritage of academia we also embrace non-traditional methods such as online learning and hybrid classes. 

To learn more about these courses and how to register, please go to www.Garrett.edu/UMOnline.

Founded in 1853, Garrett-Evangelical is a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church with an ecumenical outreach. Faithfully embracing the future, we are committed to preparing skilled, bold and articulate leaders for ministry in the 21st century. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from many denominations and various backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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