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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
Assistant 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

 

 

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
Associate 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.