Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary prepares spiritual servant leaders. We challenge our students to reflect on and practice living their values to make a transformative impact in communities, churches, and the academy.

A spiritually-centered servant seminary

Our mission

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary forms courageous leaders in the way of Jesus to cultivate communities of justice, compassion, and hope.


Our Vision

For the thriving of the Church and the healing of the world.

Welcome from President Viera

Welcome to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary! For over 168 years we have prepared spiritually adventurous, intellectually daring, and deeply faithful leaders for service to the Church, the academy, and diverse cultures and settings. Over the course of that long history, much has remained constant—our Christian identity and purpose, our Methodist tradition and ethos, our ecumenical spirit and commitment, and our determination to form and equip servant leaders who are ready, willing, and able to lead courageously in challenging times.

Rev. Dr. Javier A. Viera

Celebrating our legacy and its impact in both tumultuous and prosperous times

What has remained consistent through the histories of Garrett Biblical Institute, Evangelical Theological Seminary, and the Chicago Training School has been an unwavering, core commitment to the formation of Christian leaders.

These institutional histories live on in Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary’s core values of critical and creative reason, evangelical commitment, and prophetic participation in society.

1923 photo of Garrett Theological Seminary Administration Building

Initiatives that respond to the ever-evolving needs of faith and education

Through our Office of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, and with generous support from a variety of grants and foundations, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary seeks to provide new initiatives and programs in response to the changing needs of theological education, the Church, and the world.

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