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Development Staff

Our Development Staff is here to assist you with matching your philanthropic interests with opportunities to enrich Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary's academic programs and fulfill the seminary's mission of training spiritually grounded and prophetic leaders for the church, the world, and the academy.

David Heetland
Vice President for Development

Email | 847.866.3970

Contact David for:

  • Major gifts
  • Planned gifts (annuities, wills, insurance,
    trusts, real estate, IRAs, etc.)
  • Endowment information
  • Starting a scholarship
  • Any development-related question


Ceciley Akins
Director of Stewardship and Development Operations

Email | 847.866.3971

Contact Ceciley for:

  • Endowment Reports
  • Donor inquires - Questions regarding scholarship recipients
  • Inquiries of scholarship amounts/latest gifts
  • Campus visits – scheduling/inquiries
  • Plan ways to give – small informational gatherings, church giving, ministry Sundays

Cora Glass
Assistant Director of Annual Giving and Alum Relations

Email | 847.866.3988

Contact Cora for:

  • Class Steward program
  • Class reunions
  • Crowdfunding
  • Donor inquiries about the Annual Fund



Emily Lutz
Assistant Director of Gift and Donor Records

Email | 847.866.3927

Contact Emily for:

  • Questions about past or present gifts to
    the seminary
  • Updating contact information
  • Receipts for taxes
  • Past, present, or future pledges to
    the seminary
  • Updating credit card information for reccuring online gifts

Judy Russell
Gifts Processor


Douglas Vernon
Development Associate Michigan, Indiana, Ohio Areas