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A Celebration in Honor of President Lallene J. Rector

Dr. Lallene J. Rector was named president of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary on May 16, 2013, and began her term on January 1, 2014. Rector has been an esteemed faculty member at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary since 1986 as Associate Professor of Psychology of Religion and Pastoral Psychotherapy and served as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean from 2006-2013. Effective December 31, 2020, Rector will officially step out of the role of president and once again take up her faculty post.

There is much to celebrate and we hope you will participate by joining us for a time of celebration on December 10, submitting your personal letter to Lallene, and making a gift to the seminary in her honor. 


A Celebration in Honor of President Lallene J. Rector

On Thursday, December 10, 2020, at 4 p.m. (Central) the seminary community will gather via Zoom to pay tribute to Dr. Lallene J. Rector for her work and dedication to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary as both president for seven years and a member of the faculty for over 34 years. You won't want to miss this special celebration and milestone moment in the history of the seminary. Alums, faculty, staff, students, trustees, and friends of the seminary are all encouraged to attend. 

To attend this virtual gathering, register today using this form. All who register by 5 p.m. (CST) on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, will be emailed the Zoom link on the morning of Thursday, December 10.

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Letters for Lallene

With over 34 years of service to Garrett-Evangelical, thousands of students and alums and countless colleagues in the church and the academy have been directly impacted by President Rector and her servant leader heart. To capture just some of these moments we invite you to submit a letter to President Rector. These contributions can be letters of gratitude, memories, well-wishes, or all three rolled into one. We want President Rector to have a lasting memento of the fruits of her labor, and we are sure that she would enjoy a word from each of you.

Please upload your letter via this form by Wednesday, November 18, 2020. These letters will be compiled into a bound book and presented to President Rector in December.

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Gifts in Honor of President Lallene J. Rector

We invite all members of the Garrett-Evangelical family—alums, friends, trustees, churches, faculty, staff, and students—to honor President Rector’s legacy with a gift to the seminary’s Center for the Church and the Black Experience (CBE). Gifts to the CBE in her honor will help fund the center's multitude of programs. CBE has been a beacon of hope and inspiration for Black students, pastors, churches, and communities for 50 years. To learn more about CBE, we encourage you to read the Aware Magazine CBE Feature

Donors who wish to make an unrestricted gift in President Rector’s name may do so with a contribution to the seminary’s annual fund.



December 10, 2020