directories

Contact Us

Mailing Address
2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60201

Phone: (847) 866-3900
Toll-Free: (800) SEMINARY
Fax: (847) 866-3884
seminary@garrett.edu

Inauguration of Lallene J. Rector

Lallene Rector A copyOn Saturday, March 1, 2014 Dr. Lallene J. Rector was inaugurated as president of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in a ceremony at First United Methodist Church in Evanston, Illinois. She is the first woman and first layperson to be appointed president of Garrett-Evangelical.

The two-day inaugural event started on Friday, February 28th, with the inaugural celebration. Scholars and activists, Dr. Matthew Sleet, Dr. Timothy Eberhart, Officer Loyce E. Spells II, Dr. Angela Coswer, Dr. Andrew Sund, and Dr. Luis Rivera, participated in a lively and thought-provoking panel discussion, Establishing Justice at the City Gate: A Public Theology Conversation. The panelists tackled three key public issues: violence, the environment, and immigration. Later that evening, the Inaugural Concert of Celebration featured Dr. Barry Wenger, organist at First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple, Rev. Dr. Cynthia A. Wilson, dean of students at Garrett-Evangelical, and the Second Baptist Church of Evanston Choir.

Inauguration Day, Saturday, March 1st, began with a Service of Blessing in the morning at First United Methodist Church in Evanston, Illinois, and was held in honor of Dr. Rector, the seminary's first layperson appointed as president. Rev. Dr. Molly T. Marshall, President of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, delivered the sermon, titled "Stewards of the Mysteries." Bishop Sally Dyck of the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church, along with four other United Methodist Bishops, offered the blessing upon Dr. Rector as she began her presidency.

The Inauguration Ceremony took place Saturday afternoon, and featured a number of special guests. Past presidents of Garrett-Evangelical, including Dr. K. James Stein, President of Evangelical Theological Seminary (1972-1974), along with President Emeritus Neal Fisher, who served as president from 1980 to 2001, and President Emeritus Philip A. Amerson, president from 2006-2013, offered words of congratulations and blessings to President Rector during the Transfer of the Emblem. Dr. Morton O. Schapiro, President of Northwestern University, during his words of greetings said, "Garrett remains a beacon in the campus of Northwestern University." At the end of the ceremony, Dr. Schapiro offered a blessing Hebrew. Representatives from the community, local church, staff, academy at large, alumni and trustees, the general church, students, and faculty gave charges to the new president, offering words of support and encouragement while also listing their hopes and expectations of President Rector.

The inaugural ceremony also featured the Korean Student Choir at Garrett-Evangelical, who performed "Eoyadiya, Be Thankful" and the Celebration Choir, representing the combined talents of singers from Garrett-Evangelical, local churches, and the community-at-large, who sang "Order My Steps." Both groups received a rousing standing ovation for their spectacular performances.

In her inaugural address, titled, "A Place in God's Purpose," President Rector acknowledged that she stands on the shoulders of so many others. President Rector challenged the seminary to be a servant seminary to the church and world and to continue to strengthen its connection with Northwestern University, the Evanston and Chicago areas, and the wider church community. Recognizing the complexities of theological education in the 21st century and the need for the seminary to practice radical hospitality, President Rector also highlighted issues of justice and inclusion, "Let's get ourselves out of this lukewarm place of a legal, minimalist, non-discriminating stance. We can do so much better than that." President Rector concluded her address saying, "There is nothing else at this time to which I would rather give my life energy. We will do what we need to do along the way to protect the future. We will do it with God's help and wisdom and with a spirit of servanthood for the 160 year old school we love. The school we are privileged to serve.  May God guide and bless our efforts and may Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary continue to flourish."

Photo Album

 

  • Establishing Justice at the City Gate: A Public Theology Conversation
    Establishing Justice at the City Gate: A Public Theology Conversation
    Held in the Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful on February 28, the Inaugural Celebration began with a panel discussion on public theology and featured six experts who spoke on violence, the environment, and immigration.
  • Establishing Justice at the City Gate: The Environment
    Establishing Justice at the City Gate: The Environment
    Dr. Tim Eberhart, Assistant Professor of Theology and Ecology, speaking on the environmental challenges we are facing and how people of faith are to respond.
  • Firsts at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
    Firsts at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
    As the first woman and layperson to serve as president, Dr. Rector joins an impressive list of firsts in Garrett-Evangelical's 160 year-old history.
  • Inaugural Concert of Celebration
    Inaugural Concert of Celebration
    Held in the Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful on Friday, February 28, the Inaugural Concert featured Dr. Barry Wenger, organist at First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple, Rev. Dr. Cynthia A. Wilson, dean of students at Garrett-Evangelical, and the Second Baptist Church of Evanston Choir.
  • Inaugural Concert of Celebration
    Inaugural Concert of Celebration
    Dr. Charles Cosgrove on the trombone and Rev. Dr. Cynthia Wilson performing a medley of songs with the theme of hope.
  • Service of Blessing
    Service of Blessing
    The Service of Blessing was held in honor of Dr. Lallene J. Rector, the seminary's first layperson appointed as president, on the morning of Inauguration Day, March 1, 2014.
  • Service of Blessing
    Service of Blessing
    Rev. Dr. Molly T. Marshall, President of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, delivered the sermon, titled "Stewards of the Mysteries."
  • Service of Blessing
    Service of Blessing
    Bishop Sally Dyck of the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church, along with four other United Methodist Bishops, offering the blessing upon Dr. Rector as she begins her presidency.
  • Service of Blessing
    Service of Blessing
    President Rector listening to the Choral Blessing performed by the choir from First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple.
  • Inauguration Service
    Inauguration Service
    Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler welcoming all to the Inauguration Service on behalf of the Inaugural Task Force and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.
  • Inauguration Service
    Inauguration Service
    The Korean Student Choir performing "Eoyadiya, Be Thankful." Directed by Chi-Yong Oh, the choir received a standing ovation for their performance.
  • Inauguration Service
    Inauguration Service
    Mr. Jerre Stead, Chairperson for the Board of Trustees, officially inaugurating Dr. Lallene Rector as President of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.
  • Inauguration Service
    Inauguration Service
    During the Transfer of Emblem, Dr. K. James Stein, President of Evangelical Theological Seminary (1972-1974), along with President Emeritus Neal Fisher, who served as president from 1980 to 2001, and President Emeritus Philip A. Amerson, president from 2006-2013, offered words of congratulations and blessings to Dr. Lallene Rector.
  • Inauguration Service
    Inauguration Service
    President Lallene J. Rector delivering her Inaugural Address titled, "A Place in God's Purpose."
  • Inauguration Service
    Inauguration Service
    Representing the combined talents of singers from Garrett-Evangelical, local churches, and the community-at-large, the Celebration Choir sang "Order My Steps." Directed by Dean Cynthia A. Wilson, the Celebration Choir received a standing ovation for their Anthem.
  • Inauguration Service
    Inauguration Service
    Dr. Morton O. Schapiro, President of Northwestern University, offering a blessing in Hebrew. During his words of greetings earlier in the service President Schapiro said, "Garrett remains a beacon in the campus of Northwestern University."
  • Inauguration Service
    Inauguration Service
    Bishop Linda Lee of The United Methodist Church, who is currently serving as Bishop-in-Residence at Garrett-Evangelical, offered the Benediction of the Inauguration Service.

Videos

 

Inaug Video
 
     

 

 

 

The Inauguration of Lallene J. Rector
March 1, 2014
First United Methodist Church
Evanston, Illinois

         
Service of Blessing2      

 

 

 

Service of Blessing
March 1, 2014
First United Methodist Church
Evanston, Illinois

         
     









Establishing Justice at the City Gate: A Public Theology Conversation

February 28, 2014
Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful
Evanston, IL

         
       










Inaugural Celebration Concert

February 28, 2014
Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful
Evanston, IL

 

UMC Logo Garrett-Evangelical, a seminary related to
The United Methodist Church, welcomes
students from a wide range of faith traditions.