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Bishop Linda Lee to Serve as Bishop-in-Residence

Bishop_Lee_closeuphead_apr2010EVANSTON, Illinois, December 2011 – Linda Lee, United Methodist Bishop of the Wisconsin Conference, will join Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary as Bishop-in-Residence starting March 2013.  Lee is retiring from the episcopacy in September 2012.

As Bishop-in-Residence, Lee will be working in the areas of spirituality, spiritual formation, and United Methodist studies and polity.  She will lecture, mentor, and advise students seeking guidance in spiritual practices and in United Methodist policies and procedures.  Lee will also serve as an affiliate member of the church relations and vocational formation committee of the Board of Trustees.

When asked about the opportunity to serve the Garrett-Evangelical community, Lee said, “I feel God's call to accept the invitation to serve as Bishop-in-Residence at Garrett-Evangelical. I am excited about the possibilities as we continue to work together in mission and ministry for the transformation of the world across the Church. My hope is to help in this transformation by participating in equipping those entering pastoral ministry, and developing those continuing in ministries of the Church in Wesleyan and spiritual grounding relevant to the 21st century.”

Upon confirmation that Lee was accepting the invitation to serve as Bishop-in-Residence, President Philip Amerson said, "We are delighted to have someone with Bishop Lee's experience and spiritual depth joining the Garrett-Evangelical seminary community.  I can only begin to imagine the ways she will help us pray better, serve more joyfully and give witness with fresh sensitivity to the movement of the Spirit."

Lee made history in 2000 when she was the first African American woman to be elected bishop in the North Central Jurisdiction. Lee was elected on July 14, 2000, in Middleton, Wisconsin, and was assigned to her home area of Michigan, an unusual action that had not occurred for 40 years and required special action of the jurisdictional conference.  After one quadrennium of service in Michigan, Lee was assigned to the Wisconsin Area in 2004.

A graduate of United Theological Seminary (M. Div. and D. Min.), Lee began her ministerial career as a chaplain intern at Adrian College prior to her graduation from seminary. She was appointed to serve Residence Park United Methodist Church in Dayton, Ohio, and then served as assistant to the dean for educational administration at Methodist Theological School in Ohio. She also served as an associate pastor at Central United Methodist Church in Detroit and as pastor of Conant Avenue United Methodist Church of Detroit. Lee was appointed to serve as the District Superintendent for the Detroit East District in 1995, where she served prior to being elected to the episcopacy.

Lee served as chair of the Black Clergywomen of the United Methodist Church (1996-98) and has been a member of a number of annual conference committees, including the Board of Ordained Ministry. She has served as a speaker for numerous schools, retreats and conferences and is a two-time delegate to General Conference. She is a contributing writer in several publications and has served as an adjunct professor of spirituality at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit.

Lee is married to Lamarr V. Gibson, and they have three children: Garvey, a registered nurse; Amon, an educator; and Afi, a United Methodist pastor; and twelve grandchildren.

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 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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