Connect With Us
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Connect with us at United Methodist Annual Conferences across the country! For more information, click here.
UCC General Synod
Hispanic Summer Program Annual Summer Session, Oblate School of Theology
United Methodist Campus Ministers Association Annual Meeting
Meet Our Admissions Team
Rev. Becky Eberhart
Vice President of Student Services
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 whole student services team to provide more seamless services to our students while also providing more intentional opportunities for our 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, do puzzles, 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 Fahey
Director of Admissions and Recruitment
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!
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 Swanson
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.
Director of Financial Aid
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!