Garrett-Evangelical News

Dr. Charles H. Cosgrove to Join the Faculty as Professor of Early Christian Literature

EVANSTON, Ill., December 2010 – Dr. Charles H. Cosgrove will be joining the faculty of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, upon the approval of the Board of Trustees, as Professor of Early Christian Literature effective July 1, 2011.

charles-cosgroveDr. Cosgrove holds the position of Professor of New Testament Studies and Christian Ethics at Northern Seminary, Lombard, Ill. In addition to teaching at Northern since 1984, he has taught in the Association of Chicago Theological Schools’ Doctor of Ministry in Preaching Program and has served as an adjunct at Garrett-Evangelical.  He received his Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1985. 

A well-published scholar, Dr. Cosgrove has explored many subjects, including numerous topics in the letters of Paul, biblical theology, hermeneutics and ethics, practical theology, and early Christian hymnody.  One of his more recent publications, Cross-Cultural Paul: Journeys to Others, Journeys to Ourselves (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2005), was written collaboratively with Herold Weiss and Garrett-Evangelical’s own Dr. K. K. Yeo.

When recently asked about the opportunity to come to Garrett-Evangelical, Dr. Cosgrove said, “I look forward to joining the esteemed Garrett-Evangelical faculty, which includes a number of longtime friends and colleagues, and to teaching a wonderfully diverse and dedicated group of students.”

In the first years of his appointment Dr. Cosgrove’s presence will help cover the temporary absence of Dr. K. K. Yeo, the Harry R. Kendall Professor of New Testament, who will be on leave for three years to serve as the Academic Director of the Christian Studies Program at Peking University in Beijing, China.  Dr. Philip Amerson, President of Garrett-Evangelical, stated, “When we faced the prospect of Dr. Yeo being on leave for three years, we wondered if we could find a senior scholar of his caliber. Our anxiety has been set aside with the hiring of Dr. Cosgrove, who brings a solid reputation, great knowledge as a Bible scholar and leadership experience that will benefit all of our master’s and doctoral programs. We are thrilled to have someone of Dr. Cosgrove's talent and experience join our faculty at this time.  He is a first-rate scholar and a teacher with more than twenty-five years of award-winning seminary teaching experience.”

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 500 students from many denominations and cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction.  Garrett-Evangelical offers degrees for the master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy, and doctor of ministry.  Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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