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Meet Whanhee Oh

Screen Shot 2014-04-14 at 3.13.50 PMHometown: Incheon, South Korea

Home church: Dongsoo Methodist Church, South Korea

Program: Master of Theological Studies

Other degrees: Bachelor’s degree in theology from Methodist Theological University, Seoul, South Korea

Formative experiences
Just before completing my undergraduate studies, I took time off because I was desperate to find my dream. During the break, I tried everything that I had always dreamt of, including working at a clothing store, learning how to dance and swim, and getting different certification licenses. Then, I packed my bag and went backpacking for the first time by myself to Europe. It was the most terrific experience and helped me find my interests and passion. After traveling, I became more independent. I realized that I need to study more. I was determined to study abroad and followed what my mind said. I am thankful to be part of the Garrett-Evangelical family.

Experiences at Garrett-Evangelical
Every week, I have experienced surprising grace and comfort from worship services at the Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful. Especially when I attend the Holy Communion, I feel true communal relationships with Christ and with the community. Not only at the chapel, but also in the classroom, I am learning how to make worship a lifestyle with great friends at the seminary. I was surprised at the strong sense of community and fellowship at Garrett-Evangelical. Many people are dedicated to building a good community for the world.

Plans for the future
I think God calls me to bring my friends to church and to worship God together. One day, I hope all my friends, their family members and children, and I will gather as a worshiping community and share our faith journeys in Christ. In order to make it possible, art is a very important means and resource in my liturgical studies and calling.

Meet Katye Dunn


Dunn websiteHometown: Little Rock, Arkansas

Home church: Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, Little Rock

Degree program
: Master of divinity

Other degrees:
Bachelor of fine arts in dance performance and bachelor of arts in religious studies from Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas

Formative experiences: I am a born and bred Southern girl who loves dance, sports, and a good cup of coffee. My family and my friends are the most important things in the world to me, and it has been a good day if I have laughed out loud and given at least one person a hug. During my college years, focused on a career in concert dance and musical theatre, I started volunteering with the youth ministry at my home church during holiday and summer breaks. I found so much peace and joy and discovered that God could use me (little old ME) as I went on mission trips with youth in parts of rural Arkansas, led bible study at Starbucks with a group of middle school girls, and built one-on-one relationships with the students, getting to know their hearts and stories – walking with them on the journey of faith. By the time I graduated from SMU, I had gone from not seeing myself doing anything other than performing on stage to not seeing myself doing anything other than youth ministry.

Experiences at Garrett-Evangelical: All of the puzzle pieces came together here at Garrett-Evangelical. Living in the South my whole life, I wanted to experience a different part of the country, and I wanted to be close to Chicago’s vibrant music, dance, and theater scene. Pursuing ordination as a deacon in the The United Methodist Church, it was important to me that Garrett-Evangelical is a place that is open and welcoming to students discerning that call. If all of that wasn’t enough, doing my campus visit and meeting the amazing students and administration was all the confirmation I needed that I would fit right in here.

Plans for the future: As long as God will let me, I plan to serve as an ordained youth minister in the local church.

Aware Magazine: February 2014

Aware is published quarterly by the Development Office for alums and friends of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church. To view Aware as an online publication with the best reading experience, including fullscreen and zoom capabilities, click on cover below. If you would prefer to view Aware as a PDF click here.



Meet Austin Rinehart

austin rinehartName
Austin Rinehart

Hometown
Sterlington, Louisiana

Home church
Noel Memorial United Methodist Church, Shreveport, Louisiana

Degree program
Master of divinity

Other degrees
Bachelor of Arts, Centenary College of Louisiana

Formative experiences
I’ve had many formative experiences in my life, but one of the more recent ones happened in the summer of 2012. I was selected as a fellow for the Fund for Theological Education. As per the requirements of the fellowships, I attended a conference in Nashville, Tennessee, with the other fellows for a four-day experience on the campus of Vanderbilt University. A wide array of theological backgrounds and a diversity of denominations were represented within this group, including United Methodist, United Church of Christ, Roman Catholic, and non-denominational as well. Being in the presence of such great minds and great theological conversations really brought home the understanding of the Body of Christ. We might not all think alike, look alike, love the same persons, or profess the same faith, but we all are united under the love and grace of God. For someone like me, who loves interdenominational and interfaith dialogue, this was a mountain top experience that allowed me to encounter something I am very passionate about in a tangible way. 

Experiences at Garrett-Evangelical
When looking towards seminary, I narrowed down my search to two United Methodist schools, Garrett-Evangelical being one of those. I ultimately chose Garrett-Evangelical because of its commitment to social justice, progressive theology, and a deep concern for the student. From the very first moment I stepped on campus, I felt at home. I felt connected in a way that I did not feel at other schools I visited. I was instantly attracted to the wonderful professors, challenging curriculum, and interactive classroom experiences. I can fully say with confidence that Garrett-Evangelical has been everything I was hoping and wishing for in a seminary experience.

Plans for the future
I feel a deep connection and call back to my conference, the Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church. I really feel like God is calling me to be a leader there and to be an agent of change. Our conference is doing some wonderful things, and with a new episcopal leader, Bishop Cynthia Harvey, it is positioned for the future. I feel called to play a crucial part in that future. I am currently a certified candidate for the elder track, and I plan to be ordained as soon as I finish my time here at Garrett-Evangelical.

160: Don Baker

don bakerDon Baker began his work in 1968 with alienated and disenfranchised youth in Evanston. His ministry was supported for a time by the Evanston cluster of Methodist churches. In 1971, a board chaired by Dr. James Babbitt, a Garrett faculty member, established Youth Organizations Umbrella, Inc., and hired Don as director. Y.O.U. always sought to identify and serve young people on the margins who were overlooked by or resistant to participate in the rich resources of Evanston. Over the years, those included middle-school students at risk of gang involvement, children of non-English-speaking immigrant families, and families whose economic and emotional poverty prevented caring for their children. When Don retired in 2011, Y.O.U. had provided programming for 15,000 Evanston children from third grade through high school. They benefited from after-school programs supporting academic, social, and recreational growth; summer programs providing enrichment and recreation; family services and support including crisis intervention, emergency housing, bilingual staff, and social opportunities; and most important, caring relationships with staff whose professional training and empathy were always directed to the well-being of each child and youth.

Don was considered the "dean" of social service organizations after many years of mentoring and counsel.  As grants from all levels of government (city/county/state/federal) became integral to service development and delivery, he was named convener of a network of over 20 Evanston agencies and schools who worked together on coordinating services and sharing vital information.  As a partner in grant applications with the police department, school system, YMCA, and other agencies, he helped bring millions of dollars to improve the lives of the people of Evanston.

 He has been recognized for his leadership in service organizations and the community of Evanston by groups including the YMCA, NAACP, and Evanston Chamber of Commerce. On Father's Day 2005 he was selected by Family Focus Evanston as one of seven "community fathers" in its first recognition of men who in their person and their work offer young people strength, support, encouragement, and hope for the future.  In 2013 he received the Bishop Jesse R. Dewitt Child Advocacy Award from NIC Voices for Children.

Though Y.O.U. is a secular organization, Don always considered his work a ministry to "the least of these."  His vision has been based in his own experience of God's grace and his belief in the primacy of God's love.  It is faith in God's plenteous creation, which can provide for all.  He seeks to provide a place of healing for those who are sick in heart and bruised by the circumstances of their lives; a place where the poor and excluded can be equipped for a fulfilled and productive life; where justice is done, one young life at a time; and where the rich can give with the assurance that their gifts will bear fruit. 

Meet Thomas Yang

Thomas Yang CropHometown
Glenview, IL

Home Church & Denomination
Trinity United Methodist Church (Wilmette, IL)
The United Methodist Church

Degrees
Bachelor of Arts, Illinois Wesleyan University (2010)
Major: Biology, Religion

Garrett-Evangelical Degree Program/Year
Candidate for Master of Divinity (2014)
Concentration: Theology

Background Information
I am a second-generation Korean-American and proud of both my ethnic and nationalistic identities. Aside from the rigors of academia and congregational needs from my field education site, I prefer spending my free time outdoors and being active. I enjoy running and playing volleyball. In fact, I ran my first marathon this summer. I also helped organize a free open gym, which provides access for people in the community to socialize, gather, and play volleyball and basketball.

Calling
I heard the beginnings of my calling to seminary, and ministry, in college. My background in the humanities primed me to critically think about God, the Church, and Christian living. Life took a series of twists and turns, and I found myself working in children’s and youth ministries. The genuine questions proposed by curious students resonated with me and fueled my enthusiasm for nurturing a healthy and formative spiritual environment. As I reflected upon these life experiences, my calling into ministry clarified.

Attraction to Garrett-Evangelical
I was attracted to Garrett-Evangelical’s emphasis on preparing individuals for ministry without neglecting the value of a solid theological education. Upon arriving to Garrett-Evangelical, I was impressed with the community’s efforts in valuing and fostering hospitality to its students and faculty; the sense of community and hospitality truly is palpable. Each semester, I come to appreciate more and more the meticulous thought and care that professors give to the classroom experience. I am encouraged by their dedication and desire for their students to integrate their education to their life and ministry settings.

Career Plans
I am currently in the ordination process in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church and look forward to serving the parishes in my conference.

 

Aware Magazine: October 2013

Aware is published quarterly by the development office for alums and friends of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church. To view Aware as an online publication with the best reading experience, including fullscreen and zoom capabilities, click on cover below. If you would prefer to view Aware as a PDF click here

 


2012-1213 Honor Roll

We are incredibly grateful for the many alums, friends, trustees, churches, foundations, and corporations who supported Garrett-Evangelical in the 2012-13 academic year with their generous financial gifts, their prayers, and their wise counsel. Your partnership enabled the seminary to once again fulfill its mission of preparing bold Christian leaders for the church, the academy, and the world.

in conjunction with the 2012-2013 Annual Report in Aware Magazine we invite you to view the 2012-2013 Honor Roll at www.garrett.edu/honorroll.

Meet Ornella Umubyeyi

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Ornella Umubyeyi

Hometown
Kigali- Rwanda

Age
23

Home Church & Denomination
Zion Temple Celebration Center- Nondenomination

Degrees
Religion & Leadership Studies, Ripon College, Wisconsin

Garrett-Evangelical Degree Program/Year
Masters in Pastoral Care & Counseling, 1st Year

Background Information
I was born in Burundi, later on my parents moved in Rwanda. I am the second oldest of a family of four girls and one boy. I went to high school in Massachusetts and then attended college in Ripon, Wisconsin. I graduated in May and immediately enrolled at Garrett-Evangelical. My parents still live and work in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda.

I speak French, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, and English fluently and have a decent understanding of Swahili. I enjoy movies and music. I like to travel and meet new people. I look quiet and shy to most people but I can be silly and extrovert most of the time!

I recently started a Christian non-profit organization in Burundi, which aims to help young children who are homeless and those with HIV/AIDS. The organization helps to pay their school fees. My hope is that they will become disciples of Christ who will impact their nation and the world despite their background. I only have 10 children I am supporting now due to finance but they are my greatest pride and joy.

Calling
I grew up in a Christian family in Rwanda and Burundi but never understood salvation. When I was 15, God called me but I was not ready to respond because I wanted to “fit in” like every teenager and mostly because I feared the responsibility and the cost of serving God. When I was 18, I finally decided to answer the call and leave everything behind and at 19 years old I became a preacher going to high schools and youth meetings to share my testimonies and the Gospel. The Lord anointed me and appointed me at 22 years old. I am the youngest ordained minister in my country and I find it an honor as it humbles me to see that the Lord has chosen me and trusted me to serve Him. I have authored two books, and am interested in the intersection between ministry and photography, spoken word & poetry, and social media platforms.

Attraction to Garrett-Evangelical
First, I wanted to go to Moody Bible Institute, however I felt God leading me to Garrett-Evangelical. Second, what attracted me to Garrett-Evangelical was the masters in pastoral care and counseling. Many schools I was looking at were not as strong in pastoral care even if they had counseling programs. I wanted to attend a seminary that will help me grow academically but also give me space to grow individually as I see more of God through fellowship. When I arrived the first day I knew that I made the right decision.

Career Plans
Rwanda is a country that went through horrors in the genocide of 1994 and the memories are still haunting to some even now. I plan to do counseling in Rwanda and to bring counseling ministries in churches in East Africa more broadly. I believe that I have seen many wounded Christians who have not seen a platform to seek healing but also church leaders who haven’t learned of the importance or pastoral care and counseling. Rwandans would benefit greatly from the counseling of trained and equipped church leaders who could help them overcome as survivors.

 

Meet Stanley Giles

DSC 0057Name: Stanley D. Giles

Hometown: Little Rock, AR

Age: 25

Home Church & Denomination: Damascus Spiritual Church, Non-Denominational

Degree: B.S. in Business Administration from Alabama State University

Garrett-Evangelical Degree Program/Year: MDiv, 2nd year

Background Information
I’m a lover of good food and traveling. In my spare time I enjoy reading autobiographies, watching documentaries and writing poetry. I’d like to say that I’m your “average Joe” for the most part.

Calling
Since childhood, I have been heavily involved in the life of the church. I’ve done everything from singing in the youth choir to preaching on youth Sundays. At an early age, I was told by my church family that I would one day become a preacher. Unsure of my calling and apprehensive about the responsibilities associated with the role of a minister, I sought to pursue other vocations where I felt I would be more comfortable – counselor, school teacher, entrepreneur. But God seems to have a sense of humor!

Being theologically curious is quite a dangerous thing. When you find yourself wanting to know more about God and God’s relation to the human condition, you may make interesting decisions like applying to seminary. It is my curiosity that helps to inform my calling. I believe that God made me naturally inquisitive about the things of the Divine, and thus, knew that I would come seeking answers. As I am able to learn and uncover the things of God and the human condition, I want to educate clergy and laypersons on how to minister effectively to a hurting world. I hope to do so through the church and the academy.

Attraction to Garrett-Evangelical
My attraction to Garrett began with the consistency and the concern of the admissions staff. They always seemed to be available to answer questions that I had about the application process and the school as a whole. Garrett Evangelical’s ability to foster a communal atmosphere is another reason that I decided to pursue my theological education here. In addition to perceiving Garrett-Evangelical as a place where I could be spiritually nurtured in a community of faith, I recognized that the institution’s faculty was both distinguished and diverse. And I guess having Lake Michigan in the backyard didn’t hurt, either.

Career Plans
I have witnessed my career plans alter slightly over the course of the past year. I came in with the absolute intention of going into the academy and occasionally preaching and teaching in the church. After taking my Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling course, I developed a deeper interest in the human condition and the various stages that we all encounter in life. I plan to do some extensive research in this area and hopefully provide clergy and laypersons with some insight into how they can make their faith applicable in such a way that it helps people navigate through the grief, despair and moments of uncertainty they experience in life.

Meet Emily Lutz

2012 Headshot - Emily LutzName: Emily Nicole Lutz

Hometown: Dothan, Alabama

Age: 30

Home Church & Denomination: Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Montgomery, Alabama

Degrees: B.A., Psychology, Business Minor, Troy University, Troy, Alabama

M.Div., Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Garrett-Evangelical Degree Program/Year: Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling (Clinical Track), first year

Background Information 
I am a middle child, a self-proclaimed psychology junkie and a lover of people. I enjoy traveling, experiencing new cultures and people, and building relationships. I love to listen – to music, to stories, to inspiring conversations taking place on the CTA (which do happen, really). I enjoy sports and am a complete sucker for teamwork. I am an introvert who enjoys being with people.

I enjoy reading, and I am inspired by people who tell their own stories of work, life, faith, spirituality, family, struggle, challenge and relationships. I love to watch (and quote) movies, whether romantic comedies, documentaries, sports inspiration films, or socio-political or historical commentaries. I search for God in the world each day through people, nature, and the creative work of each.

Calling
Having spent five years in the nonprofit sector in a cluster of diverse organizations (a faith-based, home repair mission organization, a state-level sexual violence prevention coalition, and a youth mentoring organization), I had learned that my calling was on the ground level of life. My personal call to the Order of Deacon in The United Methodist Church stems from this realization. I am called to work where faith meets life, or in the words of The United Methodist Church, where the church meets the world.

Upon entering my master of divinity program, I understood my call to be at a macro-level: organizations, systems, advocacy, community service and missions. After three years of education, discernment and work in various field placements, I have realized that I am called to a much more personal level of work: pastoral care and clinical counseling.

Attraction to Garrett-Evangelical
I was born in the Midwest and traveled back regularly to visit extended family throughout my life, and I have always felt an affinity for this part of the country. Garrett-Evangelical’s location, not only in the Midwest, but also in the wonderful Chicagoland area initially hooked me. I am also on the deacon ordination track in my conference, and Garrett-Evangelical’s impressive and long-standing commitment to and support of deacons and deacon candidate students was exactly what I was hoping for in a seminary education and community. Having been part of this community for three years now, I could not be more grateful for the many ways I have been challenged and affirmed, both personally and professionally, by my professors and my peers.

In pursuing my clinical counseling degree, I am so fortunate that Garrett-Evangelical sees the important impact and place of this vocation in the church and has garnered partnerships with other academic organizations to offer not only doctoral programs that equip students for licensure, but also a master program for students like me who are not able to pursue education at the doctoral level.

Career Plans
I am pursuing this next master’s degree en route to working as a clinical counselor. At this point, I am still discerning how this plan may manifest, but I know that I am particularly interested in grief and its effects on a person’s psyche and faith, as well as the ways in which faith influences a person’s experiences of grieving. I am looking forward to engaging in this program of study, taking my first unit of clinical pastoral education, listening to the stories of clients, and walking alongside people in their journeys as their counselor. 

Aware Magazine: July 2013

Aware is published quarterly by the development office for alums and friends of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church. To view Aware as an online publication with the best reading experience, including fullscreen and zoom capabilities, click on cover below. If you would prefer to view Aware as a PDF click here

 



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Meet Pamela Keys, 3rd Year M.Div. Student

 MG 5895Name: Pamela J. Keys

Hometown: Peekskill, N.Y.

Age: 33

Home Church & Denomination: Mount Olivet Baptist Church, Baptist

Degrees: B.A. in Psychology from Marymount Manhattan College in Manhattan, NYC and Master of Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work in Manhattan, NYC

Garrett-Evangelical Degree Program/Year: MDiv, 3rd year

Background Information
There are many roles that I navigate in my daily life. I am a daughter, sister, friend, colleague, seminarian, and theologian, just to name a few! I am a lover of the arts (especially modern art), dance, and anything that will broaden my cultural competence, such as documentaries, ethnic festivals, lectures, and literature.

Calling
The word calling is a very dynamic word to me because it best encapsulates my spiritual and personal journey, which is never ceasing, never boring, and difficult at times. I am considered a second career student. I previously worked as a psychiatric social worker in Jamaica, Queens, New York for almost six years and before that I worked in a non-profit outpatient program for seniors. During this time, I was active in my church and was eventually invited to be involved in the Minister in Training program facilitated by my pastor, Rev. Dr. Adulphus C. Lacey. My pastor and other mentors, both male and female, continued to insist that I have gifts and a call to ministry and I should attend seminary.

Fast-forward to 2013, I have discovered since being at Garrett-Evangelical, despite my starch resistance, I am called to be a minister of the Gospel. Through my preaching class with Dr. Fowler, I discovered I could preach, despite being an introvert. Through my field placement at First Congregational Church of Evanston under the supervision of Rev. Dr. Ann Rosewall, I discovered my love for the congregation, the church, and the surrounding community. In my third year, I excitedly anticipate that through the Holy Spirit, I will obtain further clarity concerning the next puzzle of my calling.

Attraction to Garrett-Evangelical
When I visited Garrett-Evangelical on a bright, sunny, yet windy day, I felt a deep sense of peace as I toured the campus, spoke with the admission's staff, and listened to a lecture. My prayer, at the time, was that I would have a deep sense of peace concerning which seminary would suit me best and the only place that fell in that category was Garrett-Evangelical. The second part of my prayer was, “God, a tuition scholarship please!” As usual, God was faithful because I received a call from Rev. Becky Eberhart, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, saying I had received a scholarship.

I remain attracted to Garrett-Evangelical because of the brilliant professors who are not only professors, but know how to be pastoral and gracious in their dealing with students. I am also thankful for the variety of people I have had the humble privilege to meet from Garrett-Evangelical and Northwestern University who have helped shaped the person I am today.

Career Plans
I never thought I would utter these words, but I can envision myself in a church setting preaching, teaching, and doing pastoral counseling. I have a friend from my small group in Vocational Formation and Church Leadership (VFCL) at Garrett-Evangelical who once stated this profound phrase, “Nothing is ever wasted when it comes to God.” My social work skills, degrees, and love for intercultural awareness are and will continue to be utilized in my future vocation. I also have a budding desire to minister on a global level, but I am still trying to discern this aspect of my call and vocation.

I love this verse from Isaiah 55:8, which keeps me grounded and hopeful for my future and for the community around me, "My thoughts are not your thoughts, and my ways are not your ways," declares the LORD.”

Aware: May 2013


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Features

 

3  | Presidential Perspective: Beyond the Latchstring

4  | Cutting Edges: Cultivating Leaders for a Global Church

6  | Orpha Laurie: Leaving a Legacy

7  | Wesley United Methodist Church, Leadership Circle Church Since 2006

8  | Alums as Chaplains: Serving Where Need Exists

11  | Alum Jennifer Hill Anderson, United States Navy Chaplain

12  | Bishop Linda Lee Serving as Bishop-in-Residence

14  | Alum News and In Memoriam


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Meet Jake Ohlemiller

DSC 0046Hometown: Suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri

Home Church: First United Methodist Church, West Lafayette Indiana

Degree Program: Master of divinity, first year

Other Degrees: B.S., agricultural engineering

Formative Experiences: I grew up in the St. Louis suburbs, but my spiritual home is First United Methodist Church of West Lafayette, Indiana, which I attended while studying at Purdue University. Shortly before I earned my degree, I felt God calling me to a vocation in pastoral ministry.

Experiences at Garrett-Evangelical: I'm deeply grateful for the vibrant student/faculty community I've found at Garrett-Evangelical, and I have grown closer to God through the many friendships that have sustained me here. Studying theology has given an authentic and deep-rooted voice to my sense of vocation, and I have enjoyed gaining powerful new ways to articulate my faith to a hurting world.

Calling: My call to ministry is deeply connected to a sense of place. After seeing the decayed state of many rural communities in Indiana, I hope that God will use my life to nurture life-giving relationships between people, their neighbors, and the soil.

My favorite class this year: Of particular transformational value was my "Introduction to the Old Testament" course, taught by Cheryl Anderson. As we took a critical approach to the Hebrew Scriptures, I found that my faith in the biblical witness did not suffer, but actually matured!