Distinguished Alum Awards

Distinguished Alums 2018

Marti Gates Lundy

Master of Divinity, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 1993

Portrait of Garrett-Evangelical 2018 Distinguished Alum Rev. Dr. Marti Lundy
Rev. Dr. Marti Lundy

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. Recently, 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

Master of Divinity, Garrett Biblical Institute, 1956

Portrait of Garrett-Evangelical 2018 Distinguished Alum Paul F. McCleary
Paul McCleary

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.