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Meet Michael Washington

Michael Washington
I returned to Garrett-Evangelical because of my quality Master of Divinity experience. The program is a perfect fit for my interests in pastoral care, pastoral education, and the general project of doing something good for the world.

Michael Washington 

Doctor of Philosophy in Pastoral Theology, Personality, and Culture 

What is your hometown and educational background?
I grew up on the South Side of Chicago. I went to college at the University of Illinois and studied psychology. I studied theology at Wheaton College Graduate School and completed my Master of Divinity degree here at Garrett-Evangelical more years ago than I believe. My wife, Dawn, and I have two beautiful sons, Bryce and Brooks. They, along with my educational experience, are my collective hobby. I also like to cook and write. For work, I am a chaplain and associate certified educator with ACPE, also known as a CPE supervisor, at Northwestern Medicine.

Why did you decide to attend seminary and Garrett- Evangelical in particular?
I returned to Garrett-Evangelical because of my quality Master of Divinity experience. The program is a perfect fit for my interests in pastoral care, pastoral education, and the general project of doing something good for the world. I knew several of the faculty still and was excited to be invited to come and learn more. 

What are you enjoying most about your seminary experience so far?
I enjoy the new experience of re-examining texts, of engaging in work that’s already strengthening my work in CPE, and the experience of repositioning myself as a scholar. Most of my pastoral experience up to September was in the local church. Becoming a scholar is an enjoyable part of life right now. While I’m still figuring out what that means for me, enjoyable is a word that fits. 

How has your faith been strengthened since attending Garrett-Evangelical? 
My faith is nourished by the wide and broad community of persons here who keep trying to be faithful. 

Where do you see Christ leading you after seminary?
I anticipate deepening my work in clinical pastoral education, possibly through writing. Beyond that, I’m open for what’s next. I’m learning to like surprises.