Lallene Rector WP

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Mailing Address
2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60201

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PREVIOUS PRESIDENTS

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is the result of the interweaving of three institutions:

  • Garrett Biblical Institute (Founded 1853)
  • Chicago Training School (Founded 1885)
  • Evangelical Theological Seminary (Founded 1873)

These institutional histories live on in our core values of critical and creative reason, evangelical commitment, and prophetic participation in society. As we prepare to inaugurate Dr. Lallene J. Rector as president, we give thanks for those who have served as president or principal and their relentless commitment to theological education.


Garrett Biblical Institute

Garrett Biblical Institute, the first Methodist seminary in the Midwest, was established in 1853 by largely the same church people who founded Northwestern University. Its founders hoped that the school would shape mind and spirit toward an educated ministry.

 GBI

Presidents

John Dempster
Matthew Simpson
William X. Ninde
Henry B. Ridgaway
Charles J. Little
Charles M. Stuart
Frederick C. Eiselen
Horace G. Smith
Otto J. Baab (acting)
Dwight E. Loder
Orville H. McKay
Merlyn W. Northfelt

     

 

1853-1861
1861-1878
1879-1884
1884-1895
1895-1911
1912-1924
1924-1932
1932-1953
1953-1955
1955-1964
1965-1970
1971-1974


Chicago Training School

The Chicago Training School, established in 1885, was an important force for women in ministry and for developing service agencies throughout Chicago. Chicago Training School merged with Garrett Biblical Institute in 1934.

 CTS

Principals

Lucy Rider Meyer
Louis F. Lesemann

     

 

1885-1917
1917-1934


Evangelical Theological Seminary

Evangelical Theological Seminary, located in Naperville and founded as a seminary of the Evangelical Church (later the Evangelical United Brethren) in 1873, joined with Garrett Theological Seminary in 1974 to form Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

ETS 

Principals or Presidents

Bishop J.J. Esher (principal)
Bishop Ruben Yeakel (principal)
Bishop J.J. Esher (principal)
Bishop Thomas Bowman (principal)
Solomon J. Gamertsfelder (acting)
Solomon J. Gamertsfelder (principal)
Solomon J. Gamertsfelder (president)
Gustav B. Kimmel
Harold R. Heininger
Paul H. Eller
Wayne K. Clymer
K. James Stein

     

 

1873-1876
1877-1884
1884-1895
1895-1900
1900-1908
1908-1912
1912-1919
1919-1939
1940-1955
1955-1967
1967-1972
1972-1974


Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

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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Presidents

Merlyn W. Northfelt
Neal F. Fisher
Ted A. Campbell
Philip A. Amerson
Lallene J. Rector

     

 

1974-1980
1980-2001
2001-2005
2006-2013
2014-

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The United Methodist Church, welcomes
students from a wide range of faith traditions.