Our diverse faculty bring a wealth of expertise and experience not only Garrett-Evangelical, but to the church and our global community. They are members and leaders in local, national, and global organizations, denominations, and societies. Outside of the classroom, you’ll find many of them preaching from the pulpit, teaching Sunday School, organizing for the common good, and more.
Our faculty in the area of Christian Education bring a variety of theological and global perspectives with a strong commitment to education, advocacy, and preparing educational leaders. They include:
Rev. Dr. Reginald Blount is Associate Professor of Formation, Leadership, and Culture at Garrett-Evangelical. He has spoken at numerous conferences and workshops around the world helping faith communities envision new and creative ways to minister to, with, and on behalf of young people. Dr. Blount has written extensively on Christian education, in particular youth ministry, including contributions to Making God Real for a Next Generation: Ministry with Millennials Born from 1982 to 1999 (Discipleship Resources, 2003) and Scripture Talks: 50 Creative Messages for Youth (Abingdon Press, 2004).
Dr. Débora Junker is Associate Professor of Critical Pedagogies and Director of the Hispanic-Latinx Center at Garrett-Evangelical. Junker has published numerous articles, chapters, and books in the field of Christian education. Her research focuses on the work of Paulo Freire’s critical pedagogy, global citizenship, intercultural and postcolonial studies, cultural-historical theory activity, and liberation theologies. She is currently working on a new book, Religious Education for Global Citizenship: Embracing Compassion and Solidarity. The book will explore the concept of global citizenship within a religious context while recognizing the urgent need to engage more concretely in issues of citizenship both theologically and pragmatically.
Rev. Dr. Virginia Lee is Associate Professor of Christian Education and Director of Deacon Studies at Garrett-Evangelical and has served in various capacities at numerous churches as a deacon in full connection in the Virginia Annual Conference. Her academic accolades include receiving the Diaconal Advance Graduate Award and the Rosalie Bentzinger Graduate Award, both of which are given by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church. Additionally, Dr. Lee has published articles in both academic and lay journals and has been an active participant in educational and ministerial forums and conferences.
Rev. Dr. Mai-Anh Le Tran is Associate Professor of Religious Education and Practical Theology at Garrett-Evangelical. Dr. Tran is a member and past president of the Religious Education Association: Association of Professors, Practitioners, and Researchers in Religious Education. She is also an editorial board member for Horizons in Religious Education book series and was consulting editor for the Encyclopedia of Christian Education. A selection of Tran’s writings can be found in the Religious Education Journal, Christians in Education, The New Interpreter’s Bible Pastor’s Bible Study series, Ways of Being, Ways of Reading: Asian American Biblical Interpretation, and Teaching for a Culturally Diverse and Racially Just World. Her latest book, Reset the Heart: Unlearning Violence, Relearning Hope, was published by Abingdon Press in May 2017.