Rueben P. Job Institute for Spiritual Formation

At the forefront of Protestant spiritual formation


Established in 2012, the Rueben P. Job Institute for Spiritual Formation is an initiative for continuing education in spiritual formation of laity and clergy, named after a renown figure in the field of spiritual formation, Bishop Rueben P. Job.


An alumnus of Garrett, Bishop Job’s ministry pioneered spiritual formation practices within The United Methodist Church. During his lifetime, Bishop Job was at the forefront in spiritual formation, serving as consultant in Christian spirituality, spiritual retreat leader, spiritual guide, and author or co-author of more than 20 books.


The Institute, as well as the Rueben P. Job Endowed Chair in Spiritual Formation, are a lasting legacy to Bishop Job’s lifelong commitment to his field and ensures that Garrett continues to prepare well-formed spiritual leaders for many generations.

Meet the Director

Dr. Rolf R. Nolasco Jr. is the Rueben P. Job Professor of Spiritual Formation and Pastoral Theology at Garrett-Evangelical and director of the Rueben P. Job Institute for Spiritual Formation. He is an experienced professor, trained in pastoral and counseling psychology, mindfulness and contemplative spirituality, and affective neuroscience.

Dr. Rolf Nolasco


We invite you to “Right Here, Right Now: The Practice of Christian Mindfulness,” a 6-week online synchronous course where you’ll discover the ways mindfulness can empower lives of faith and justice in the world. Led by Dr. Amy Oden.

Good Troublemaking: The Spiritual Practice of Building Better Worlds

The Job Institute, in partnership with Lifelong Formation, is a sponsoring a six-week online course offering activist-learners and learning activists a space for spiritual reflection and renewal.


Compassionate Presence

Founded by Dr. Rolf R. Nolasco Jr., Compassionate Presence seeks to create hospitable, caring, and compassionate individuals and empower communities to take on and sustain a life of compassion as a radical response to human suffering.

Religion, Technology, and Healing: Science is Not Enough to Save Us

Co-sponsored by the Job Institute and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion (DoSER), explore a video playlist from a 2022 conference featuring Dr. Philip Kurian, Principal Investigator and Founding Director of Quantum Biology Laboratory at Howard University, and Garrett PhD students and faculty, discussing “Religion, Technology, and Healing: Science is Not Enough to Save Us.”

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Creating a Space for Soulful Conversations

“G-Talk” is a space for soulful conversation with Garrett students, alumni, faculty, and staff. It’s about engaging in “G-d-Talk” that is personal, practical, embodied, and open-ended.

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