Meet 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.