Deacon Fellows

Preparing students for ministries of word, service, compassion and justice


Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has been a leader in preparing students for ministry as a deacon since The United Methodist Church created the Order of Deacons in 1996. In 1998, Garrett was the first seminary to create a Deacon Studies program.


The Deacon Fellows Program provides a supportive environment for you to continue to discern and live into your calling and vocation as deacon in The United Methodist Church.


Deacon Fellows Program Components


As a Deacon Fellow, you will be a part of a cohort that:


  • has meals together with the Director of Deacon Studies, Rev. Dr. Virginia Lee, once or twice a semester;
  • has opportunities to network with deacons in the Chicagoland area;
  • connects through a Garrett-Evangelical Deacons Facebook group;
  • is invited to the Deacon Dialogue –a gathering for deacons from around the country, every other year, for workshops, worship and networking; and
  • has opportunities for internships both inside and outside of the local church, including an internship at Garrett-Evanston Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program.

Meet Our United Methodist Faculty



Rev. Dr. Virginia Lee
Associate Professor of Christian Education
Director, Deacon Studies



Rev. Dr. Cheryl Anderson
Professor of Old Testament



Rev. Dr. Ron Anderson
Associate Dean of Institutional and Educational Assessment
Ernest and Bernice Styberg Professor of Worship



Rev. Dr. Gennifer Brooks
Ernest and Bernice Styberg Professor of Preaching
Director, Styberg Preaching Institute



Rev. Dr. Barry Bryant
Associate Professor of United Methodist and Wesleyan Studies



Dr. Lucy Chung
Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology
Director, Styberg Library



Rev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart
Robert and Marilyn Degler McClean Endowed Chair Associate Professor of Ecological Theology and Practice
Director, Center for Ecological Regeneration



Rev. Dr. Dong Hyeon Jeong
Assistant Professor of New Testament
Director, Asian/Asian American Center for Ministry



Rev. Dr. AHyun Lee
Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care, and Psychotherapy



Dr. Rolf Nolasco
Rueben P. Job Professor of Spiritual Formation and Pastoral Theology
Director, Rueben P. Job Institute for Spiritual Formation



Dr. Hendrik Pieterse
Associate Professor of Global Christianity and Intercultural Theology



Dr. Lallene J. Rector
Professor of Psychology of Religion and Pastoral Psychotherapy
President Emerita



Rev. Dr. Mark Teasdale
E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism



Rev. Dr. Mai-Anh Le Tran
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean
Associate Professor of Religious Education and Practical Theology



Rev. Dr. Javier A. Viera
President and Professor of Education and Leadership

Deacon Dialogue

Since 2007 Garrett has been a proud host of Deacon Dialogue conferences. These conferences bring together United Methodist deacons and deacon candidates from across the connection for a time of worship, networking, fellowship, and workshops.