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Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Class of 2014 outside First United Methodist Church of Evanston

For over 160 years, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has served as a graduate theological school that prepares skilled, bold and articulate leaders who share the transforming love of Jesus Christ. Related to The United Methodist Church, with an ecumenical and international reach, we prepare leaders who are equipped to live and proclaim the Gospel and to teach in diverse congregations and educational settings.

This can only happen because of the many gifts we receive from alumni, friends, churches, foundations, and corporations each year. Garrett-Evangelical welcomes outright and planned gifts of all kinds, restricted and unrestricted, and offers many naming opportunities. Gifts are especially needed for unrestricted annual fund and unrestricted endowment, student scholarships, faculty support, and facility renovation. 

If you want to read a powerful witness to the importance of your gifts, be sure to read any or all of our Student Stories. We hope that you will find these stories inspiring and enjoyable!

Donor Stories


Jay & Billie Wilbur and the Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation

“People in the pews need what seminaries offer,” she wrote, “not just through the education of our pastors, but through access to those wonderful teaching resources ourselves!” She went on to say, “It is my understanding that Garrett-Evangelical has a commitment to spiritual formation and spiritual direction through the work of the Rueben Job Chair.” Therefore she and her husband, Jay, were considering an initial grant to the chair from the family foundation they were in the process of establishing, and were seeking further information.

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Victoria Rebeck

With its commitment to deacon studies, Garrett- Evangelical is poised to support this current and future movement of the church. It is also well set to help elders minister in partnership with deacons. My decision to make Garrett-Evangelical the beneficiary of my life-insurance policy will help to support one of the church’s critical ministries

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David and Ann Harsh

While our children and grandchildren are also remembered in our estate planning, it is important to demonstrate a larger sense of stewardship that includes gifts beyond ourselves and our immediate family. They have seen how we have lived our lives and they know that death will not change our commitment to stewardship.

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Ron and Sarah King

We make gifts to Garrett-Evangelical because we are able to and because Sara’s parents showed us by example. Gifting benefits us more than we realize. We will continue to do so as long as we are able. We are grateful that we have the resources to do so.

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Wesley Wieting

Wes spent the majority of his career building schools and office buildings throughout the United States. In his death, he will be building future leaders for our churches and communities through several Wieting Leadership Scholarships.

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Birmingham First UMC

Birmingham First is also committed to theological education through preparing people for ministry. Both Birmingham First and the United Methodist Women from that congregation are members of the seminary’s Leadership Circle of Congregations this year. The Leadership Circle is made up of churches and church organizations that contribute $1,000 or more to the seminary in the current fiscal year.

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