Student Stories

Honors and Awards: Celebrating the Class of 2022 and Members of the Student Body


Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the following Honors and Awards which have been conferred upon selected students for the 2021-2022 academic year. The awards were presented at the seminary’s Service of Recognition on May 4, 2022, to recognize outstanding achievements by students and graduates.

On behalf of the faculty and our partners, we celebrate the gifts and graces of our students and graduates, of whom we are proud to count as colleagues in ministry and service to faith communities and the wider public. May these awards be a token of our collective affirmation of their charism, and a reminder of the Christian conviction that we are each called to be an instrument of God’s grace in this world.

On behalf of the faculty and staff of Garrett-Evangelical, congratulations to the following students and soon-to-be graduates on this important recognition!

Rev. Dr. Mai-Anh Le Tran
Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean

2021-2022 Honors and Awards

The Dr. and Mrs. Edgar Faust Preaching Award
Awarded each year by the preaching and worship field to a graduating student who is an outstanding preacher.

2022 Recipients: Sarah DeHaan & Erica Thomas

The Quentin Nolte Prize for Promise in Parish Ministry
Awarded each year by the field education faculty.

2022 Recipient: Hannah Phillips

J.E. Porter Prize for Creative Field Education
Awarded each year by the field education faculty.

2022 Recipient: LaSheena Williams

The Dr. Richard Ford Prize for Christian Education
Awarded each year by the Christian education faculty to a graduating student who is an outstanding educator.

2022 Recipient: Haley Martin

The Herwin U. Roop Award for Proficiency in Reading Scriptures
Awarded each year by the preaching and worship faculty.

2022 Recipient: Duane Lahti

The Ernest T. Campbell Preaching Award
Chosen by the preaching and worship faculty in recognition of their preaching ability.

2022 Recipients: Bonnie Bevers & Jordan Aspiras

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary’s Interpretation Award
Given each year to five graduating students for outstanding achievement in Bible and theology.

2022 Student Recipients:

  • Rachel Hollingsworth
  • Benjamin Quint
  • Hayoung Esther Suh
  • Grace Corbin Harrison
  • Kristina Sinks

Myrtle Saylor Speer Award
Given to three graduating female students.

2022 Recipients:

  • D’ana Downing
  • Sarah DeHaan
  • Jordan Aspiras

Dr. Thomas A. Stafford Greek Prize
Awarded each year by the faculty who teach Greek for excellent achievement.

2022 Recipients: Michelle Vallier & Brittany Meeks

The Styberg Preaching Institute Award
Awarded each year to a graduating student who is an outstanding preacher.

2022 Recipient: Erica Thomas

The Styberg Preaching Institute Doctor of Ministry Award
Presented by the Styberg Preaching Institute to the graduating student in the ACTS DMin in Preaching program whose preaching project was deemed outstanding and of benefit to the wider church.

2022 Recipient: Jeryl Salmond

Hoyt L. Hickman Award for Outstanding Liturgical Scholarship and Practice
Presented to a graduating seminarian who has excelled in worship leadership or liturgical studies.

2022 Recipient: Michelle Whitlock

Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts
Given to someone who has contributed with creativity and quality to chapel services.

2022 Recipient: Kristina Sinks

Deacon’s Heart Award
Given to a graduating deacon student who embodies the ministries of compassion and justice.

2022 Recipient: Bonnie Bevers