Garrett-Evangelical News

2013 Academic Convocation

tex sampleEVANSTON, Illinois, July 2013- Rev. Dr. Tex Sample, an ordained elder of The United Methodist Church and professor emeritus at The Saint Paul School of Theology, will be the keynote speaker at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary’s convocation on September 11, 2013. The event will be held at 11:15 a.m. in the Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful and all are welcome to attend.

Sample is the Robert B. and Kathleen Rogers Professor Emeritus of Church and Society at The Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri, where he taught for thirty-two years. Sample holds a B.A. from Millsaps College, an M.Div. from the Boston University School of Theology, and a Ph.D. from the Boston University Graduate School.

"It is a great personal privilege to welcome a longtime friend and colleague, Professor Tex Sample as the 2013 Academic Convocation lecturer,” said President Philip Amerson. “Dr. Sample has published a dozen books that thoughtfully engage the emerging realities faced by the church and our society.  He has a wide following as a scholar and is a much sought after lecturer and preacher.  Tex is one of those rare persons who seems to ‘know no strangers.’  He is equally comfortable at his father's taxi stand or on the floor as a delegate to the United Methodist General Conference. Few people bring the breadth of experience or scholarship that Dr. Sample brings in understanding the contemporary church and the ever shifting dynamics of our society."

Sample has been active throughout his career in both the church and in the community. An ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, he has served on four occasions as a delegate to The General Conference of The United Methodist Church and on six occasions to the South Central Jurisdiction of the UMC. As a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Arizona, he was a volunteer minister who was heavily involved in the Valley Interfaith Project. Further, Sample was an active participant in the Arizona Interfaith Movement, which is an interfaith group comprised of 25 different faith traditions.

Currently, Sample is a freelance lecturer and speaker in North America and overseas. He has published 12 books. His book, Blue Collar Ministry, was named a “Judson Classic” by the Judson Press, and his book U.S. Lifestyles and Mainline Churches was the best selling book by Westminster/John Knox Press for over two years. He has authored several articles for academic journals, periodicals, and books.

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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Dr. Anna Johnson Joins the Faculty as Assistant Professor of Reformation History

Anna Johnson CropEVANSTON, Illinois, July 2012 – Garrett-Evangelical is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Anna Johnson to Assistant Professor of Reformation History effective July 1, 2012. At their meeting in May, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve Dr. Johnson’s appointment.

Since July 2010, Dr. Johnson has served as the Visiting Professor of Reformation History at Garrett-Evangelical teaching courses on the History of Christian Thought and Practice, Women and the Reformation, and the Theology of Martin Luther. "I've thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Garrett-Evangelical community over the last two years, and I am delighted to be appointed to this long-term position,” said Dr. Johnson. “Garrett-Evangelical has a wonderful tradition of active faith and theological integrity, and I look forward to years of exploring church history here with those who will lead the church of the future."

In her two years at Garrett-Evangelical as a visiting professor, Dr. Johnson has become a valued member of the Garrett-Evangelical community. However, the seminary is excited to welcome her in her new appointment. “Dr. Johnson brings to our community top flight teaching and research gifts,” said President Philip Amerson, “and it is not a surprise that students are eager to study with her. I am pleased Dr. Johnson has accepted her position here.”

Dr. Johnson 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." She holds a master of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a bachelor of arts from St. Olaf College. Dr. Johnson recently co-edited The Reformation as Christianization: Essays on Scott Hendrix's Christianization Thesis, which was released this year. She has also published numerous book chapters, translations, encyclopedia entries, and book reviews. 

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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Rev. Karla Kincannon to Serve as the Director of Field Education and the Vocational Formation and Church Leadership Program

Karla Kincannon CropEVANSTON, Illinois, July 2012 – Garrett-Evangelical is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Karla Kincannon to Director of Field Education and the Vocational Formation and Church Leadership program.

Since July 2011, Rev. Kincannon has been serving as the Interim Director of Field Education and Vocational Formation and Church Leadership (VFCL) program. She has also been serving as Garrett-Evangelical’s artist-in-residence since 2010. In the last year, Rev. Kincannon has introduced numerous activities into the VFCL program to encourage creative expression through various mediums.

“After a nationwide search, the committee determined that Rev. Kincannon was the exceptional leader we were seeking to guide the critical program at the center of our internship and vocational exploration curriculum,” said President Philip Amerson. Her previous experiences as a campus minister, pastor, lecturer, adjunct professor, and artist have given her a wide skill set to utilize in her new position.

"I am passionate about supporting students in their formation, as they become Christian leaders for the Church and the world! I am very fortunate to be able to work in the area of my deep passion among extremely talented colleagues who make up the faculty and staff at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary," said Rev. Kincannon.

Rev. Kincannon received her M.Div. at Garrett-Evangelical where she is currently pursuing her D.Min. degree.  She is an ordained Elder in the Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church and has served in numerous positions within the denomination.  She is the director of SpiritArt Ministries, which seeks to educate individuals, groups, and institutions, about the tools and movements of the spiritual life by employing creativity as a tool for inner growth. Rev. Kincannon has also contributed to various United Methodist publications and is the author of Creativity and Divine Surprise: Finding the Place of Your Resurrection (Upper Room, 2005). You can learn more about Rev. Kincannon’s work with SpiritArt Ministries and see examples of some of her artwork at www.karlakincannon.com.

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 Announces 2012 Convocation Speaker

CARDERKENEVANSTON, Illinois, July 2012 – Rev. Dr. Kenneth Carder, retired bishop of The United Methodist Church and faculty member at Duke Divinity School, will be the keynote speaker at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary’s convocation on September 12, 2012. The event will be held  at 11:15 a.m. in the Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful and is open to the public.

Bishop Carder graduated with honors from East Tennessee State University and Wesley Theological Seminary and later received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School. Bishop Carder served churches in Maryland, Tennessee, and Virginia. While in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, he helped initiate dialogue between scientists and theologians. These dialogues included members of the Council of Bishops and led to the document In Defense of Creation. Bishop Carder also has a special commitment to racial and economic justice, prison ministry, and Wesley studies.

Bishop Carder was elected to the episcopacy in 1992 while serving as pastor of Church Street Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. As bishop he served the Nashville area for eight years and the Mississippi area for four years. Now in retirement, Bishop Carder serves as the Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School.

Bishop Carder is the author of three books, Sermons on United Methodist Beliefs, A Bishop’s Reflections, and Living Our Beliefs. He is also the author of the study guide Who Are We? The Doctrine, Mission, and Ministry of The United Methodist Church and  has contributed articles to several journals, including Christian Century, Circuit Rider, and Christian Social Action. Bishop Carder currently serves as a member of The United Methodist University Senate and as chairman of the Senate’s Commission on Theological Education.

Reflecting upon Bishop Carder’s visit, Dr. Philip A. Amerson, president of Garrett-Evangelical, said, "Bishop Carder has served as a remarkable pastor, bishop and scholar.  He is known for his commitments to theological integrity in the practice of ministry and his profound commitments to biblical piety and justice. Bishop Carder will be joined during his time on campus by former Evangelical Theological Seminary president, Bishop Wayne Clymer.  We are thrilled by the opportunity to hear from these two giants of the faith and are honored to welcome them to our campus."

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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