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The 161st Commencement

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is excited to celebrate its 161st Commencement on Friday, May 11, 2018. This year's commencement speaker will be general secretary and president of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, Jim Winkler. Garrett-Evangelical will also be honoring two distinguished alums and our 2018 graduates. Graduation events begin with Senior Chapel on May 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful at Garrett-Evangelical. The 161st Commencement Service is at 10:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Evanston, Illinois, with a reception to follow.

For those unable to join us in-person for Commencement, a live webcast will be available. The webcast will begin at 9:55 a.m. CDT on Friday, May 11th.

Live Webcast

Commencement Address: Today, We Have Hope" - Jim Winkler

(Webcast will be available at 9:55 a.m. CDT on May 11th)

Jim Winkler
National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA,
General Secretary and President

Jim Winkler serves as general secretary and president of National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA. The NCC is comprised of 38 member communions made up of more than 30 million Christians in over 100,000 congregations. The NCC owns and administers the copyright of the Revised Standard Version and New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, carries out interreligious dialogues, faith & order conversations, produces the International Sunday School Lessons, addresses racial justice issues, and speaks out on social concerns. The NCCUSA is in regular contact with the NCC Korea and advocates for peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Each year, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary chooses two alumni to be honored as Distinguished Alumni at our Commencement Ceremony. One alumnus is chosen from the most recent 25 years of graduates, and one alumnus is chosen from all those alumni who graduated over 25 years ago. For our 161st Commencement, Garrett-Evangelical is pleased to honor Rev. Dr. Marti Gates Lundy and Rev. Paul F. McCleary as our Distinguished Alumni.

Marti Gates Lundy
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 1993

Rev. Dr. Marti Lundy has made her home in Indiana as a pastor and leader in the community. She received her Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1993. At George Fox Theological Seminary, she received her Doctor of Ministry in Leadership and Spiritual Formation in 2008. Her dissertation, “Offering Hope: Providing Ministry to the Chronically Ill” works to inform churches on how to better care for people with chronic illness.

Dr. Lundy is currently the Senior Pastor of Evangelical United Methodist Church (EUM) in Huntington, Indiana and has been there since 2000. In her time at EUM, she has more than doubled worship attendance, led a capital campaign, coordinated a building remodeling project, and increased participation in church groups. She also spearheaded a community outreach program called Mission Huntington where members of the church go out and bear witness to the needs of their community through various service projects.

Currently, Dr. Lundy serves as the Chair of the Northeast District Committee on Ministry and the Secretary of the Episcopacy Committee for the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church. Prior to serving at EUM, she was appointed to Robinson Chapel United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne and served there for seven years.

Alongside her work at the church, Dr. Lundy serves her community as an active participant in the Harmony Initiative, a group through Huntington University comprised of local leaders to inspire community diversity and inclusion. In 2016, she was selected as the Indiana Bicentennial Torchbearer in recognition of her outstanding service in the community.

Dr. Lundy is married to Rev. Kent Lundy, who is a Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary alumnus. Together, they have two sons, Joshua and Nathan.

Paul F. McCleary
Garrett Biblical Institute, 1956

Paul F. McCleary began his career in various Illinois institutions of higher education. He received his bachelor of arts from Olivet Nazarene University, his master of arts from Northwestern University, his master of divinity from Garrett Biblical Institute, and an honorary doctor of divinity from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois. 

McCleary has served for more than 60 years as a United Methodist minister and leader in international development organizations. Until recently, he served as founder and president of For Children, Inc. and implemented the National Program Action, which has goals that were set out by the United Nations World Summit for Children and the Convention on the Rights of Children. He has served on numerous committees and leadership teams including, committees for the World Council of Churches, advisor to the United Methodist Bishops’ Task Force on Children and Poverty, consultant to the World Bank and the Latin American Development Bank.

McCleary has had a global career, beginning in Bolivia as Methodist missionaries with his wife Rachel (now deceased) from 1957-1968. He went on to become the assistant general secretary for Latin America of the General Board of Global Ministries for the United Methodist Church. His leadership in the General Council of Ministries for the United Methodist Church helped shape the future of the UMC. He was the executive director of the Church World Service in New York City, and served on various other organizations devoted to the welfare of children in the United States and abroad.

In the course of his career, he has authored nine books, seven of them on Methodism. He lives in Tempe, Arizona and has four children, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Wednesday, May 9th

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Graduate's Luncheon
Alice Millar Chapel, Northwestern University, 1870 Sheridan Road, Evanston, Illinois

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.     
Commencement rehearsal and class picture
First United Methodist Church, Sanctuary
516 Church Street, Evanston, Illinois

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.     
Cap, gown, and hood pickup
First United Methodist Church, Dining Room
516 Church St, Evanston, Illinois

4:00 p.m.
Senior Chapel rehearsal (only participants need to come)

Thursday, May 10th

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.     
Cap, gown, hood pick-up in the Registrar's Office

5:15 p.m.                        
Trustee and 50th and 25th Alum Reunion Dinner
Loder Hall of Garrett-Evangelical
2121 Sheridan Rd, Evanston, Illinois

7:00 p.m.
Senior Chapel for the Garrett-Evangelical community, graduates, and their families
Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful at Garrett-Evangelical
2121 Sheridan Rd, Evanston, Illinois

Friday, May 11th

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.     
Graduates assemble for Commencement line-up with caps, gowns,
and hoods in the Dining Room of First United Methodist Church

10:00 a.m.                      
161st Commencement
First United Methodist Church of Evanston
516 Church Street, Evanston, Illinois

Reception in the Great Hall immediately following Commencement

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.    
Return cap, gowns, and hoods to Dining Room of First United Methodist Church


For campus map and directions to Garrett-Evangelical, click here.

For directions to First United Methodist Church, click here.


Parking for Senior Chapel on Thursday, May 10, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

  • We have arranged for a moratorium on parking tickets after 4:30 p.m., which means people will be able to use the Northwestern University lot to our south free of charge.

Parking for Commencement on Friday, May 11, 10:00 a.m.

  • Across the street from First Church Evanston is the Church St. Self Park, a multi-level garage at the intersection of Church St. and Chicago Ave. Parking is free for the first hour. For a city map and pricing information for public garages, go to Lots & Garages on the City of Evanston's website.