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Meet Kenya Tuttle

Kenya Tuttle
I am developing genuine relationships with people on campus from my peers to faculty and staff. Everyone has been extremely welcoming to help me adjust to Chicago. My program is allowing me to wrestle with lingering questions about my community and bring together areas that I have worked in separately over the years: religion, psychology, and teaching.

Doctor of Philosophy in Pastoral Theology, Personality, and Culture

I grew up in Houston, Texas, and spent my summers in Detroit, Michigan. I graduated from Rice University, majoring in psychology and managerial studies while on basketball scholarship. I enjoy playing sports, taking nature walks with my labradoodle, and practicing alternative natural therapies.

Why did you decide to attend seminary and Garrett-Evangelical in particular?

Alum Dr. Nicholas Grier (G-ETS 2010 and 2017) did a great job of selling me on the school, one of the few with a PhD and joint counseling program, but I did not put Garrett-Evangelical on my short list of contenders until after Rev. Dr. Trina Armstrong took over the department.

What are you enjoying most about your seminary experience so far?

I am developing genuine relationships with people on campus from my peers to faculty and staff. Everyone has been extremely welcoming to help me adjust to Chicago. My program is allowing me to wrestle with lingering questions about my community and bring together areas that I have worked in separately over the years: religion, psychology, and teaching.

How has your faith been strengthened since attending Garrett-Evangelical?

My faith has been strengthened by the work of those around me. I am inspired to flourish and help those around me in my community flourish as well.

Where do you see Christ leading you after seminary?

I plan to teach at a university and/ or practice counseling.