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Get Involved

Garrett-Evangelical has a proud tradition of training bold, servant leaders who will impact the church, the academy, and the world. Today, Garrett-Evangelical's students, alums, faculty, staff and friends invite you into this proud tradition and challenges you to get involved through Garrett-Evangelical, your church, your denomination, and your community. By getting involved, you are modeling the bold leadership we strive to teach our students and helping the next generation of church leaders rise up to change the world.

Council of Laity



The purpose of The Council of Laity Program is to build intentional relationships between Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and laity in local churches, relationships which recognize and celebrate that the preparation of church leaders is a partnership between the seminary and local churches.

The Council of Laity is a far-reaching network of committed laypersons who know Garrett-Evangelical (or are willing to learn more about it), embrace its mission, pray for it, serve as its ambassadors, and encourage financial support to the seminary so that it can fulfill its core purpose, "To know God in Christ and, through preparing spiritual leaders, to help others know God in Christ."

To learn more about this program click here or contact Betty Campbell, Director of Stewardship, by email or at 847.866.3971.

2012-13 Council of Laity Members:


Nancy Hallenbeck
First UMC
Sioux Falls, SD

David & Jane Knecht
First UMC
Fargo, ND

Illinois Great Rivers    

Bob & Pat Davis
Faith UMC
Urbana, IL

Jim Dooley
University UMC
Danville, IL

Jim Eckert
Union UMC
Belleville, IL

Sarah Graham
First UMC
Pontiac, IL

John Groves
Wesley UMC
Bloomington, IL

Jane Hoffman
Dwight UMC
Gardner, IL

Linda Isbell
First UMC
O'Fallon, IL

John & Anne Nation
Monticello UMC
Monticello, IL

Mary Ann Pullin
Normal First UMC
Normal, IL

Cliff & Sally Smith
Crossroads UMC
Washington, IL

Ralph Smith
Calvary UMC
Bloomington, IL

Kyle & Alice Spitzer
First UMC
Peoria, IL 

Wayne Weber
First UMC
Champaign, IL

Mark Woods
Clinton UMC
Clinton, IL

Kristie Ann Zimmerman
Chatham UMC
Chatham, IL

Northern Illinois


Dexter Bailey
First UMC
Evanston, IL

Mary Bell
First UMC
DeKalb, IL

Richard Byrant, Jr.
St. Thomas UMC
Glen Ellyn, IL

Carole Cartwright
Hinsdale UMC
Hinsdale, IL

Charles & Connie Christiansen
Roscoe UMC
Roscoe, IL

Roger & Alice Crawford
First UMC
Park Ridge, IL

Steven Cunningham
Sugar Grove UMC
Sugar Grove, IL

Nancy Dorr Duel
First UMC
Arlington Heights, IL

Rosalie May Eiler
Wesley UMC
Naperville, IL

Annette Elmore
Rust Memorial UMC
Chicago, IL

Richard Fleming
Community UMC
Naperville, IL

David Frobish
Our Saviour's UMC
Buffalo Grove, IL

Lisa & Ed Goodale
North Shore UMC
Glencoe, IL

Sue Hasenyager
Plainfield First UMC
Plainfield, IL

John & Judith Hemingway
Baker Memorial UMC
St. Charles, IL

Eula Johnson
St. Mark UMC
Chicago, IL

Ron and Toni Larsen
Thornton UMC
Thornton, IL

Orpha Laurie
Glenview UMC
Glenview, IL

Meredith Lindgren
Wesley UMC
Aurora, IL

Lou Jean Moyer
First UMC
Dekalb, IL

Dan O'Neill
Christ UMC
Deerfield, IL

Debra Rogers
Bethany of Fox Valley UMC
Cary, IL

Warren & Kayla Wendel
Oregon UMC
Dixon, IL

Harold & LuRay Workman
Grace UMC
Naperville, IL




Charles Foster
First UMC
Hammond, IN

Clayton Miller
Roberts Park UMC
Indianapolis, IN

Gary Taylor
Irvington UMC
Indianapolis, IN

Mark Van Hook
Honey Creek UMC
Greenwood, IN





Jim & Gretchen Brown
Eldora UMC
Eldora, IA

Alice Burress
Jordan Creek Church
West Des Moines, IA

Diana Buter
Grinnell UMC
Grinnell, IA

Doug Grabinski
Clear Lake UMC
Clear Lake, IA

Janet Hall
Aldersgate UMC
Urbandale, IA

Deke Rider
Grimes UMC
Indialola, IA

Deborah Tierney
Indianola UMC
Indianola, IA

Joe Trecek
St. Paul's UMC
Cedar Rapids, IA

Linda Vogt
First UMC
Ottumwa, IA


Dale & Barbara Glick
First UMC, Birmingham
Bloomfield Hills, MI



Marilyn Chistiansen
Richfield UMC
Edina, MN

Ken Hiller
Discovery UMC
Chaska, MN 



Mildred “Esther” Adams
Loup City UMC
Loup City, NE


West Ohio

Inara Brubaker
First UMC
Bluffton, OH



David Carlson
First UMC of West Allis
West Allis, WI

Mark Dallner
Memorial UMC
Greenfield, WI

Merry Kristine Demske
Christ Church
Racine, WI

Fred Ganaway
First UMC
Racine, WI

Bill Haack
Elm Grove Community UMC
Elm Grove, WI

Nancy Hansen-Bennett
Cargill UMC
Janesville, WI

Lee Harmon
St. Paul's UMC
Oneida, WI

Christina Lindsay
Kenwood UMC
Milwaukee, WI

Gene Olson
First UMC
Kenosha, WI

Paula Penebaker
Central UMC
Milwaukee, WI

Dave Pietenpol
First UMC
Green Bay, WI

James Rowland
Avoca UMC
Avoca, WI

Roselyn Warren
Crossroads, UMC
Waunakee, WI

Lu Yang
Hmong Christian Community
Milwaukee, WI


Leadership Churches

A number of congregations across the United States give generously to help Garrett-Evangelical educate bold leaders for the church and the world. Last year, for example, 65 churches and church organizations from 15 states supported the seminary.

Garrett-Evangelical hopes to increase the number of partner congregations, especially those who give at the leadership level ($1,000 and above). Thus, it is establishing the Leadership Circle of Congregations to recognize and thank those churches that are playing a critically important role in helping to train their future church leaders.

Leadership gifts to the seminary can help in many ways. Unrestricted gifts are always welcome as they help the seminary address its most pressing priorities and ongoing expenses. Gifts can also be designated for scholarship support. In fact, a congregation may want to “adopt” a student, providing full or partial tuition during a student’s three years at seminary. Gifts for library support, faculty support, program support, and facility renovation are also welcome.

Are you interested in learning more about the Leadership Circle of Congregations and how your congregation can join? Contact David Heetland, vice president for development, at 847.866.3970 or David.Heetland@garrett.edu.

Members of the 2012-2013 Leadership Circle of Congregations

  • Barrington United Methodist Church- Barrington, IL
  • Bupyeong Methodist Church- Incheon, South Korea
  • Calvary United Methodist Church- Normal, IL
  • Clear Lake United Methodist Church- Clear Lake, IA
  • Crossroads United Methodist Church- Lakeville, MN
  • Elm Grove Community United Methodist Church-Elm Grove, WI
  • Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church- West Bend, WI
  • First Presbyterian Society- Evanston, IL
  • First United Methodist Church- Crystal Lake, IL
  • First United Methodist Church- Madison, WI
  • First United Methodist Church- Baraboo, WI
  • First United Methodist Church- Racine, WI
  • First United Methodist Church- Kenosha, WI
  • First United Methodist Church- Green Bay, WI
  • First United Methodist Church- Dekalb, IL
  • First United Methodist Church- Sioux Falls, SD
  • Grace United Methodist Church- Franklin, IN
  • Grace United Methodist Church- Naperville, IL
  • Hope United Methodist Church- Southfield, MI
  • Liberty Baptist Church- Chicago, IL
  • Libertyville United Methodist Church- Libertyville, IL
  • Peoria Chinese Christian Church- Peoria, IL
  • Plainfield United Methodist Church- Plainfield, IL
  • Shueyville United Methodist Church- Swisher, IA
  • St. Mark's Chapel- Storrs, CT
  • United Methodist Women- Birmingham, MI
  • University United Methodist Church- Peoria, IL
  • Waimea United Church of Christ- Waimea, HI
  • Wesley United Methodist Church- Naperville, IL
  • Zion United Church of Christ- South Bend, IN

Alum Ambassadors

Alum Ambassadors Program

In order to ensure that Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary remains one of the world’s premier seminaries, Garrett-Evangelical has created a network of alumni who support the seminary at a significant level and who encourage others to do likewise. To this end we have developed the Garrett-Evangelical Ambassador Program.

Garrett-Evangelical Ambassadors are alumni who:

  1. Support the seminary financially each year at the leadership level - $1,000 or above – or in accordance with their ability
  2. Assist the development office in telling the Garrett-Evangelical story
  3. Encourage leadership gifts from others

To learn more about the benefits of being an Alum Ambassador, or how to become an Ambassador, click here.

2012-2013 Alum Ambassadors

Rodney Gist
Sioux Falls, SD
Reuben Gums
Jamestown, ND
Peary Wilson
Custer, SD
Dennis Langdon
Chicago, IL
Marilyn and Bob McClean
Mattoon, IL
Miley Palmer
Decatur, IL
Jennifer Jue
Ann Arbor, MI
Fritz Mutti
Kansas City, MO
Mel Luetchens
Murdock, NE
J. Paul Jones
Lebanon, OH
Noel Osborn
Lebanon, OH
Wes Falk
Menomonee Falls, WI
Lance Herrick
Brown Deer, WI
Ron Retherford
New Berlin, WI
James A. Rivers
Wild Rose, WI












Field Education

Without exception, Garrett-Evangelical graduates point to their field education experience as key to their seminary education. Our field education program reflects the seminary’s philosophy that students mature into ministry by knowing, being, and doing.

By combining hands-on experience with our academic course series, Vocational Formation & Church Leadership (VFCL), we offer students the finest opportunity to discern, test and refine their call to ministry.

To learn how you can be a part of our field education program click here.

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students from a wide range of faith traditions.