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, conducting choirs, teaching Sunday School, organizing for the common good, and more. Students also have access to the music faculty in the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, especially those studying voice and conducting.
Our faculty in the area of liturgical studies include:
Dr. E. Byron (Ron) Anderson is the Ernest and Bernice Styberg Professor of Worship and Director of the Nellie B. Ebersole Program in Music Ministry at Garrett-Evangelical. An ordained elder in full connection in the Minnesota Conference of The United Methodist Church, Dr. Anderson has served in parish ministry as pastor, musician, and educator. He has written numerous articles, papers, book chapters, and books including Liturgy and the Moral Self (Liturgical Press, 1998) and Worship and Christian Identity: Practicing Ourselves (Liturgical Press/Pueblo Books, 2003). Dr. Anderson is a member of several professional associations including The American Guild of Organists, The Hymn Society of the United States and Canada, and The North American Academy of Liturgy.
Margaret McElwain Kemper, affiliate professor at Garrett-Evangelical and associate professor at Northwestern University, is a frequent organ recitalist both in the United States and abroad. Kemper is a past national president of the American Guild of Organists and is currently organist and director of music at the Presbyterian Homes in Evanston and on the organ faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago. A Fulbright scholar with André Marchal in Paris, Kemper also studied with Arthur Carkeek at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and Barrett Spach at Northwestern, as well as with Marie-Claire Alain and Anton Heiller at the Academy for Organists in Haarlem, the Netherlands.