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Regional Offerings

Garrett-Evangelical is blessed to have alums and friends across the U.S. and around the globe. Since it isn’t always possible for you to visit campus, we are making an effort to offer Connectional Learning opportunities closer to you—initially in states within the North Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. You should also check this page often to determine when and where you might be able to see one of our faculty members who is lecturing in a domestic or international location near you.

Garrett on the Road

Garrett on the Road offers a faculty-led lecture or workshop in partnership with a church outside of the Evanston/Chicago area. We invite our alums in that area or state, members of the church hosting us, and local social service organizations, prospective students, and clergy and laity that may be interested in the topic of that particular event. We also plan additional events around the workshop for Garrett-Evangelical faculty and staff to spend time with prospective students and alums. 

On March 18, 2017, we hosted our first Garrett on the Road event in partnership with First United Methodist Church Madison. Rev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart led the workshop, “Hope for Creation: Exploring Practical Ways People of Faith are Engaging in Mission and Justice for the Good of the Earth.” 

2017-2018 Garrett on the Road


Hope for Creation - Minneapolis

February 17, 2018 | Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
511 Groveland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
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Something Inside So Strong: Faith, Education and the Sacredness of All Children - Madison

February 24, 2018 | First United Methodist Church
203 Wisconsin Ave, Madison, WI 53703
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Faculty Off-Campus Conferences and Events

Each year members of our faculty are asked to speak at various conferences and events.  It can be a challenge to stay ahead of their numerous engagements, but for the 2017-18 academic year and beyond we hope to be able to list when and where you can engage with our faculty when they are off campus and, hopefully, at a location near you.

March 2018

  • March 22, 2018, Dr. Mark Teasdale, E. Stanley Jones Associate Professor of Evangelism, is giving the 2017-2018 Wallace-Chappell Lecture in Dallas, TX. Click here to read more about this lecture.

February 2018

  • February 4 - April 22, 2018, Dr. Angela Cowser, Assistant Professor of the Sociology of Religion, is leading a 12-week Adult Faith Formation course titled, "Kingdom Values: Moving From Concept to Action" at First Presbyterian Church of Deerfield in Deerfield, IL.  Click here to learn more about this course.

Previous Events

  • February 5-12, 2018, Dr. Hendrik Pieterse, Associate Professor of Global Christianity and World Religions, participated as a member of the United Methodist Committee on Faith and Order for its annual meeting in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.  The committee's main task is to review and begin to revise a draft of a document on ecclesiology for The United Methodist Church, titled "Wonder, Love, and Praise: Sharing a Vision of the Church." Following that meeting, we join (also in Abidjan) the United Methodist Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters, where the main task is continued work on a global or general Book of Discipline for the denomination, as mandated by the 2016 General Conference.
  • January 26-27, 2018, Dr. Margaret Ann Crain, Emeritus Professor, is offering sessions on Methodist Heritage and Faith Formation to registered participants of the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Spiritual Formation Paraprofessional Program at First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, LA.

  • January 4-5, 2018, Dr. Brent Waters, Jerre and Mary Joy Stead Professor of Christian Social Ethics, is one of the speakers at the Karam Forum (an Oikonomia Network event).  It is a two-day gathering for theological educators and Christian academics at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Airport Hotel.

  • November 28, Dr. Nancy Bedford, Georgia Harkness Professor of Applied Theology, was one of several scholars giving lectures on “The Future of Christian Theology” in the context of Jürgen Moltmann’s Warren W. Willis Lecture in Religion at Florida Southern College.

  • November 20, 2017 from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Dr. Mai Ahn Le Tran, Associate Professor of Religious Education and Practical Theology, was a panelist on the Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society Unit and Women and Religion Unit, with the theme, "Leading Wisdom: Asian and Asian North American Women Leaders," at the AAR/SBL Conference in Boston, MA. 

  • November 12-15, 2017, Dr. Timothy Eberhart, Assistant Professor of Theology and Ecology; Dr. Hendrik Pieterse, Associate Professor of Global Christianity and World Religions; Dr. Mark Teasdale, E. Stanley Jones Associate Professor of Evangelism; and Dr. Mai Ahn Le Tran, Associate Professor of Religious Education and Practical Theology; participated in, "Missio Dei and the United States: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness," in Boston, MA.

  • November 9-12, 2017, Dr. Anne Joh, Professor of Theology and Culture, presented, “Unruly Currents”: Embodiment, Memory and the Politics of Transpacific Dissent,” at the 2017 American Studies Association Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL.

  • November 4, 2017 from 11-12:30 a.m., Dr. Mai Ahn Le Tran, Associate Professor of Religious Education and Practical Theology, and Dr. Jack Seymour, Professor Emeritus of Religious Education, presented, "Qualitative Research as Cultural and Religious Encounter," at the Religious Educators Association's Conference in St. Louis, MO.

  • October 28, 2017, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dr. Frederick Schmidt, Rueben P. Job Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation, led a workshop designed for professional, student, and volunteer spiritual care providers titled, "Our Unexamined Gods: Conversations on the Theology of Pain & Suffering" at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hinsdale, IL.

  • October 22, 2017, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Dr. Cheryl Anderson, Professor of Old Testament, presented, "Inclusive Biblical Interpretation: Why does it matter?" to the Adult Faith Book Group at Barrington United Methodist Church in Barrington, IL. 

  • October 19-22, 2017. Dr. Timothy Eberhart, Assistant Professor of Theology and Ecology, presented at The United Methodist Church's Earthkeepers Training at Northern Pines Camp in Park Rapids, MN.

  • October 7, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT, Dr. Timothy Eberhart, Assistant Professor of Theology and Ecology, participated in the 2017 Creation Care Conference on Earthkeeping at North Church Indy in Indianapolis, IN.
  • October 3, 2017, Dr. Virginia Lee, Associate Professor of Christian Education and Director of Deacon Studies, led a retreat for the deacons of the Virginia Annual Conference titled, "Living Out Our Baptismal & Ordination Vows: Compassion & Justice in Troubled Times," at the Eagle Eyrie Retreat Center in Lynchburg, VA.

  • September 16, 2017, 9 a.m. to noon, Dr. Frederick Schmidt, Rueben P. Job Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation, led a workshop titled, "What God Wants For Us" at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria, VA.  Dr. Schmidt will also participate in a Saturday @5:30 conversation and preach on Sunday.  Click here to watch Saturday night's service and worship and click here to watch Sunday's worship and preaching.

  • September 14-16, 2017, Dr. Nancy Bedford, Georgia Harkness Professor of Applied Theology, have a keynote address titled, "A Narrow Gate? Proceeding by the Spirit along the Way of Jesus" at the Word, Spirit, and the Renewal of the Church: Believers' Church, Ecumenical and Global Perspectives Conference. This event was held at Goshen College in Goshen, IN.

Styberg Preaching Peer Learning Groups

The Styberg Preaching Institute, with support from Lilly Endowment Inc., has launched A Partnership in Effective Proclamation. This program focuses on developing effective preachers for the church in the twenty-first century. A key component of this program is the formation of Peer Learning Groups for local church pastors under the direction of trained facilitators. There are currently Peer Learning Groups meeting in

  • Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area
  • Rockford, Illinois
  • Gary, Indiana
  • White Plains, New York
  • Norfolk, Virginia
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

To learn more about the Peer Learning Groups and apply to facilitate or join a group, please visit