Garrett-Evangelical News

Garrett-Evangelical and MTSO Announce New Collaboration

EVANSTON, Illinois, October 2012 – The presidents of Methodist Theological School in Ohio and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary sent the following letter to their communities on Oct. 30:

As the presidents of Methodist Theological School in Ohio and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, we’re pleased to announce we have entered into an exciting new relationship. Recently, each school’s board of trustees unanimously agreed to a set of collaborative actions. Through this initiative, two strong, freestanding seminaries with a similar ethos and affiliation to the United Methodist Church will have the means to serve our students, the church and the world in innovative new ways.

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Remembering George S. McGovern (1922 - 2012)

Garrett-Evangelical offers its Christian sympathy for the loss of George S. McGovern on Sunday, October 21. McGovern died at 90.

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Admissions Announces New Assistant Director of Recruitment

We are delighted to announce that Mr. Grant Crusor has accepted the position of Assistant Director of Recruitment and will begin on Thursday, November 1, 2012.  Mr. Crusor received his B.B.A. in Business Management from Howard University in 2008 and a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical in 2011.  He has worked in various capacities in the fields of education and ministry, and brings with him experience in recruitment, teaching, management, and technology.  Most recently, Mr. Crusor served as the Online Pastor/Social Media Manager at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL.  

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President Philip A. Amerson to Retire in December 2013

Philip AmersonEVANSTON, Illinois, October 2012 – Mr. Jerre Stead, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, announced today that Dr. Philip A. Amerson has expressed his intention to retire as president of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at the end of December 2013. He has served as president since June 1, 2006.

President Amerson has provided leadership during exciting and challenging days, and has brought imagination and tireless commitment to theological education at the school, the national church, and beyond. Among the significant achievements during this time, President Amerson saw enrollments increase by over twenty percent, led a major renovation of campus facilities and worked to double the capital campaign gifts and pledges, surpassing $70 million of the $100 million goal. Under his leadership, Garrett-Evangelical emphasized hospitality and sustainability, added faculty positions in Wesley and United Methodist Studies, Global Christianity and World Religions, and supported the establishment of the Rueben Job Chair in Spiritual Formation.  During this time a renewed emphasis was given to strengthening the Center for the Church and the Black Experience and broadening the school’s reach through online learning.

“I consider it a great privilege and high honor to have served Garrett-Evangelical in this leadership role,” stated President Amerson. “Garrett-Evangelical is made up of a remarkable group of people, from our committed alumni/ae to our outstanding faculty, staff, and students.  I am committed to a strong finish as we all continue to build up this extraordinary seminary together.”

Prior to arriving at Garrett-Evangelical, President Amerson served as president of Claremont School of Theology for six years.  He has taught at several colleges and graduate schools throughout the nation.  He received a doctor of philosophy degree from Emory University in 1976, a master of divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1971, and a bachelor of arts degree from Asbury College in 1967. 

An ordained elder of The United Methodist Church, President Amerson served as pastor for 21 years, including appointments at three congregations in the South Indiana (now Indiana) Conference.  His work in The United Methodist Church includes: founding member of Patchwork Ministries in Evansville, Indiana; vice president of the University Senate; chairperson of the Association of United Methodist Theological Schools; member of the Commission on Theological Education; and member of the Bishop’s Task Force on Theological Education and of the Ministry Study Commission.

The leadership of President Amerson and his spouse, Elaine, will be celebrated during the 2013 calendar year as the seminary also celebrates its 160 year history. You will receive information as these plans are put in place.

The Board of Trustees will begin the search for the seminary’s next president in November.  A search committee of the Board of Trustees will be named to provide leadership for this important initiative. Bishop Sharon Zimmerman Rader, retired bishop of The United Methodist Church and current trustee of Garrett-Evangelical, will chair the search committee that will include representatives of the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and alumni. Following a national search, the committee will recommend a candidate to the Board of Trustees who will then select and appoint the next president.

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 launches The Rueben Job Institute for Spiritual Formation

 rjEVANSTON, Illinois, October 2012 – Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the establishment of the Rueben Job Institute for Spiritual Formation. The Institute was developed by the faculty of Garrett-Evangelical as a new initiative for continuing education in spiritual formation.  In addition, the Institute has established unique partnerships with Hearts on Fire: United Methodist Spiritual Directors and Retreat Leaders and A Covenant Community of Spiritual Directors.

The Institute is named in honor of retired United Methodist Bishop and alumnus, Rueben Job (Evangelical Theological Seminary 1957). Bishop Job has written extensively on Christian spirituality, and his book Three Simple Rules: A Wesleyan Way of Living is widely used across the church. “The creation of the Rueben Job Institute for Spiritual Formation brings great pleasure and delight,” said Bishop Job. “Garrett-Evangelical’s commitment to spiritual formation studies is to be commended, and I am pleased to know, others will have this viable resource in the future.”

With over 25 years of leadership in the field of spiritual formation, Garrett-Evangelical continues to be at the forefront of spiritual formation studies.  The seminary currently offers a United Methodist Professional Certification in Spiritual Formation, which was formally adopted by the denomination in 2000, and spiritual formation/direction specializations throughout its degree programs. In addition, the seminary is currently seeking funds to endow the Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation. This endowed chair in spiritual formation will be among the first established in any Protestant seminary.

Rev. Dr. Dwight H. Judy, professor emeritus of spiritual formation, is currently serving as the director for the Rueben Job Institute for Spiritual Formation. With over 40 years of ministry experience, Dr. Judy will lecture in Garrett-Evangelical’s Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful on October 17, 2012. His lecture, entitled “A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life,” will begin at 3:30 p.m. and all are welcome to attend.

The Institute’s website will serve as a resource for those participating in the online courses offered by the institute. The first class, The Art of Mediation, will begin in January 2013.  To learn more, go to www.ruebenjobinstitute.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 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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