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What makes you come alive?
How do you connect your faith with the world around you?
Where is the Spirit leading you?

Our Admissions Team knows that discerning God’s call, researching seminaries, and navigating the application process can be a little overwhelming. We are here to partner with you on this journey of discernment, discovery, and transformation. While we are always happy to share the story of Garrett-Evangelical, the first story we want to hear is yours - your life experiences, your passions, your interests, your hopes, and even your fears and doubts. 

We believe that everyone is called to some form of ministry, but figuring out how to embody your calling can be a challenge, especially in our ever-changing world. Together, we can help you discern where the Spirit may be leading you and share how Garrett-Evangelical can uniquely support you in pursuing God’s call and thriving as a transformative faith leader. 

Ready to share your story and take the next step? Email us at getadmitted@garrett.edu or call us at 1.800.SEMINARY or 847.866.3945.

Where To Find Us On The Road

We're always on the road connecting with new people and their calls to ministry work of all kinds. Along the way, we would love to get to meet you too! Below you'll find our next on-the-road destination. Don't hesitate to contact us to inquire about scheduling a visit to your campus ministry, church, conference, or event! 

September 2019

September 10

Purdue Wesley Foundation
West Lafayette, IN

September 11

United Campus Ministries of Terre Haute
Terre Haute, IN

September 12

DePauw University
Greencastle, IN

September 13

Hanover College
Hanover, IN

September 14

Green Summit at the Field Museum
Chicago, IL

September 16

Southern Illinois University Wesley Foundation
Carbondale, IL

September 17

Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, IL

Belmont Wesley Foundation
Nashville, TN

September 18

Merge at Illinois State University
Normal, IL

Martin Methodist College
Pulaski, TN

Birmingham-Southern College
Birmingham, AL

September 19

McKendree University
Lebanon, IL

Samford University
Birmingham, AL

September 24

Multifaith Campus Alliance
Dayton, OH

University of Cincinnati Wesley Foundation
Cincinnati, OH

September 25

Leadership Institute at Church of the Resurrection
Leawood, KS

Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH

September 26

Leadership Institute at Church of the Resurrection
Leawood, KS

Ohio Northern University
Ada, OH

September 27

Leadership Institute at Church of the Resurrection
Leawood, KS

Wilberforce University
Wilberforce, OH

September 29

North Central College Alumni Homecoming Worship Service
Naperville, IL

September 30 High Point University
High Point, North Carolina

 

October 2019

October 1

Appalachian State University Wesley Foundation
Boone, NC

October 5-6

Garrett on the Road
Madison, WI

October 6

The Crossing @ UW
Madison, WI

October 8 Seminary and Theological Grad School Virtual Fair
October 9

University Christian Ministry at University of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

October 16

Calvin College
Grand Rapids, MI

October 17

Western Theological Seminary
Hope College
First United Methodist Church

Holland, MI

October 18

Kuyper College
Grand Rapids, MI

October 22

Simpson College
Indianola, IA

October 23

University of Northern Iowa - ThreeHouse a Wesley Foundation
Cedar Falls, IA

October 26-27

Garrett on the Road
Minneapolis, MN

October 27

The Wesley Foundation at University of Minnesota Twin Cities
St. Paul, MN

October 28

Hamline University
St. Paul, MN

 

 

Meet Our Admissions Team

Rev. Becky EberhartRev. Becky Eberhart
Vice President of Student Services
847.866.3938
becky.eberhart@garrett.edu

Becky was born and raised in Ames, Iowa. She received her BA in Anthropology and Sociology from Centre College in Danville, KY, and her MDiv from Vanderbilt Divinity School with her senior project focused on a theology of hospitality. She is an ordained elder in the Dakotas Conference of The United Methodist Church and has served in both the church and the academy.

Becky came to Garrett-Evangelical in 2010 and loves working with the student services team to provide more seamless services to our students as well as more intentional opportunities for prospective students, current students and alums to network and learn from one another. At the heart of her work is a commitment to transparency, cultural humility, equity, and inclusion. Outside of the office, Becky enjoys spending time with her husband, Tim, their three children (Henry, Fred, and Audrey), their dog, Charlie, and their cat, Bridget. She loves to go for long walks, try new recipes, knit, and learn more about herself and others through the enneagram. Stop by her office on the third floor to ask her what her enneagram number is!


Rev. Katie FaheyRev. Katie Fahey
Director of Admissions and Recruitment
847.866.3929
katherine.fahey@garrett.edu

Katie is a native of southwest Michigan, a former social worker, and an elder in the Michigan Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. She earned her MSW from Western Michigan University and earned her MDiv from Garrett-Evangelical in 2016. Katie has served in ministry in a wide variety of contexts – from working with children, college students, and congregations to serving as a mental health worker and as a community organizer. She currently feels called to help people understand their vocation and how to live into it – good thing she works in seminary admissions! Outside of her ministry, Katie enjoys sharing odd bits of pop culture trivia, taking in all of the delicious food offerings that Chicagoland has to offer, and spending time with her spouse and new baby. Stop by her office or give her a call if you need a recommendation for a vegetarian-friendly restaurant, if you need to know who that person in that movie was, or if you want to talk about what the Holy Spirit is doing in your life right now!


Jillian BarkerJillian Barker
Assistant Director of Admissions and Recruitment and Manager of Inclusion and Community Engagement
847.866.3945
jillian.barker@garrett.edu

A Chicago native, Jillian began her career at Garrett-Evangelical as the Admissions & Recruitment Coordinator. She earned her B.A. from North Park University in Chicago, Illinois majoring in Global Studies with an emphasis in Africana & French Studies and minoring in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in theology while also studying abroad in Angers, France. Before pursuing graduate studies, Jillian spent three years in Atlanta, Georgia participating in a year-long faith-based urban service program called Mission Year, followed by two years at a public interest law firm, Georgia Justice Project. She then enrolled in the graduate Anthropology program at Georgia State University with an emphasis in cultural anthropology. Her research focused on normalizing the study abroad experience among Black students including identity formation, global citizenship, and re-defining educational success. In her spare time, you can find Jillian either at the gym kickboxing, cycling, or doing pilates, or at home wedding planning, enjoying time with family, reading with her book club of 10+ years, eating and discovering new favorite shows.


Rev. Grant SwansonRev. Grant Swanson
Recruitment Coordinator
847.866.3981
grant.swanson@garrett.edu

Grant was born and raised in Omaha, NE. He earned a BA in English at North Central College and joined Teach For America after graduation. For the next four years, Grant taught sixth grade elementary on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Concurrently, Grant spent summers as a Yellowstone National Park Ranger and earned his MA in English through Middlebury College. 

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary became Grant’s home for three years while he earned a Master in Divinity with a Peace Studies concentration. The year following Seminary, Grant taught eighth grade Reading/Language Arts at the Chicago Jesuit Academy. Grant is commissioned as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church and serves at Urban Village Church. 

Whether in his office or on the road, Grant loves dreaming with folks about their futures, hearing how the Holy Spirit is moving in their lives, discussing the transformative message of God’s radical love, and chatting about travel, food, and coffee! Grant resides with his husband, Connor, and his cat-daughter, Nessa, in the heart of Chicago. 


Jason Gill

Jason Gill
Director of Financial Aid
847.866.3987
jason.gill@garrett.edu

From the farmlands of Indiana, Jason left for Chicago to attend college where he completed a double major in Economics and Political Science at DePaul University. He spent two service years teaching in East St. Louis and Chicago while completing his Masters of Science in Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, and concurrently a Masters of Theological Studies at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Since then he’s served at Garrett for more than ten years serving as the Assistant Director of Admissions, and now as Director of Financial Aid. He enjoys traveling with his wife, running with his dog and watching Northwestern football, Go Cats!

 

Meet Our Student Ambassadors

Red HoldridgeRed Holdridge
Degree Program: Master of Divinity
Hometown: Rochester, NY

Vocational Goal: I hope to be an ordained deacon in The United Methodist Church, with the goal of doing queer inclusive ministry. I want to make sacred spaces safer and more inclusive of queer folks (like myself) as well as work to develop sacred spaces within the queer communities.

Favorite Thing About Seminary: My favorite thing about seminary has been the ways it has blown the doors off my worldview, challenging and expanding my personal faith, my theology, and my understanding of bringing the kingdom of God on earth. It's been a roller-coaster ride, challenging and exhilarating to my core, and while my first year left me somewhat breathless and light headed, I am so excited to get back on the ride this second year!


Maria PenrodMaria Penrod
Degree Program: Master of Divinity
Hometown: Overbrook, KS

Vocational Goal: I am hoping to be ordained in the Great Plains Conference of The United Methodist Church as a deacon. I am called to create authentic communities where everyone can experience abundant life through Christ. 

Favorite Thing About Seminary: The people of Garrett-Evangelical are my favorite thing. It is invigorating to be around so many passionate, wise, progressive Christians.