Garrett-Evangelical News

Dr. Virginia Lee is new Professor of Christian Education and Director of Deacon Studies

EVANSTON, Ill., January 2011 – Dr. Virginia Lee will be joining the faculty of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, upon the approval of the Board of Trustees, as Associate Professor of Christian Education and Director of Deacon Studies effective July 1, 2011.

Dr._Virginia_LeeDr. Lee currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Christian Education at Memphis Theological Seminary. In addition to teaching at MTS for over a decade, Dr. Lee has served in various capacities at numerous churches as a deacon in full connection in the Virginia Annual Conference.  Her academic accolades include receiving the Diaconal Advance Graduate Award and the Rosalie Bentzinger Graduate Award, both of which are given by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church.  Additionally, Dr. Lee has published articles in both academic and lay journals and has been an active participant in educational and ministerial forums and conferences.

When recently asked about the opportunity to come to Garrett-Evangelical, Dr. Lee responded, ­­­­"I am so excited about this position at Garrett-Evangelical because it combines my two primary interests and passions: Christian education and the ministry of the deacon.  It is an opportunity to continue my commitment to the ministry of the deacon through teaching, nurturing students, and interpreting the role of the deacon in the church and the community.  I look forward to journeying with faculty and students as we learn and grow together."

Garrett-Evangelical has been a leader in the Order of Deacon since the order was created at The United Methodist Church's 1996 General Conference. In 1998, the seminary established a program for deacon education, headed up by Dr. Margaret Ann Crain, who recently announced her retirement.  Dr. Lee will assume the responsibilities previously held by Dr. Crain and will continue the legacy of deacon education at Garrett-Evangelical.

Dr. Philip Amerson, president of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, in expressing the community’s excitement over the new appointment, said, “Dr. Lee brings considerable teaching, administrative and other experience to our community.  As there are a number of other schools looking for professors of Christian education at this time, we are fortunate to have secured the services of someone with Dr. Lee's experience and fine reputation.”

Garrett-Evangelical, founded in 1853, is a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 400 students from many denominations and various cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

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