Garrett-Evangelical News

Seminary to Honor Rueben Job with a Chair in Spiritual Formation

Evanston, IL, June 2010 - Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary plans to permanently endow the Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation. This will be one of the first endowed chairs dedicated solely to the teaching of spiritual formation among the protestant seminaries in the United States.

Rueben_Job The chair is named in honor of distinguished alumnus, Bishop Rueben P. Job (Evangelical Theological Seminary, 1957), who has been at the forefront of spiritual formation within the life of the Church.  He is author or co-author of more than 20 books, including his latest bestseller, Three Simple Rules: A Wesleyan Way of Living.   This initiative also celebrates twenty-five years of leadership at the school in the teaching of spiritual formation.

Seminary President Philip Amerson notes: “The endowed chair will provide a lasting legacy building on Bishop Job’s work and will ensure that Garrett-Evangelical continues to prepare well-formed spiritual leaders for generations to come.  Garrett-Evangelical stands at the forefront in offering a wide range of delivery methods for spiritual formation studies.”   Currently the seminary occupies a unique position among United Methodist seminaries in offering training in spiritual formation for lay, Deacon-track, and Elder-track persons, as well as offering the mid-career training and renewal of spiritual formation studies with the doctor of ministry degree.  More than 140 students take advantage of one or more of these offerings each year.

“I am so very pleased that Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is taking this step,” said Bishop Job. “News that the school that has done so much to shape and form my life and prepared me for ministry is now establishing a chair in spiritual formation brings great pleasure and excitement. Christian spirituality continues to be the focus of my life and ministry.  This endowed chair brings great hope for new life in the Church and faithful witness in the world.”

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is seeking $2 million to endow this significant chair.   A commemorative book - a collection of Bishop Job's life stories - will be sent to donors making gifts of $1,000 or more to the Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation early in 2011. For additional information, including a ten minute video featuring Bishop Job, go to

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 more than 30 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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