Meet Beverly Dukes
Master of Divinity
What is your hometown and educational background?
I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. I have a bachelor of science from Eastern Illinois University. Also, I have a master of science in public service management from DePaul University.
How has your time at Garrett-Evangelical shaped your ministry and calling?
During my time at Garrett-Evangelical, I completed my field placement at Hartzell United Methodist Church in Chicago. Being at Hartzell shaped both my ministry and calling because I was able to experience firsthand how servant leadership is used to help others on their spiritual journey. Also, I was able to apply what I learned academically to support ministries, such as a confirmation class, Christian education, and leading worship. I am grateful to Hartzell’s senior pastor for all the support and encouragement she gave me during my time at this church.
What is your most transformative experience at Garrett-Evangelical?
My most transformative experience was when I took classes with Rev. Dr. Larry Murphy, Rev. Dr. Stephen Ray, Dr. Nancy Bedford, and Dr. Anne Joh. In these classes, I gained a deeper appreciation of Jesus Christ. Also, I experienced Jesus’s deep love for the poor and most vulnerable among us. I was able to see and experience the transforming work of God in those who live on the margins. Servant leadership involves addressing issues of social injustices as did Jesus Christ.
What are your plans or your hopes for your future?
I am working toward ordination as an elder in the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church. I am currently the part-time lay supply pastor at East Side United Methodist Church in Chicago.