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Jerre and Mary Joy Stead Matching Gift Challenge for the Annual Fund

steaddEVANSTON, Ill., February 2012 - Garrett-Evangelical's mission is to prepare bold Christian leaders for the church and the world, and your help is needed. Make your gift to the 2011-2012 Annual Fund now and your gift will be matched, dollar for dollar, by Jerre and Mary Joy Stead.  Recognizing the challenges that face Garrett-Evangelical in this volatile economy, the Steads invite others to join them in strengthening the seminary so that it remains a vibrant center for the preparation of Christian leaders.

Here is how their challenge will work. The Steads will match dollar for dollar any gift made to the unrestricted Annual Fund between January 1, 2012 and June 30, 2012—up to $400,000! This is a wonderful opportunity to double your giving power to continue Garrett-Evangelical’s 157 year history of preparing passionate and articulate leaders.

There are three ways to make your matching gift today:

  • Online at
  • Call the development office at 847.866.3927 to make a credit card gift
  • Mail your gift to the development office, Garrett-Evangelical, 2121 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60201

The Garrett-Evangelical community is grateful and encouraged by the hundreds of unrestricted gifts we have received for the annual fund since July 1, 2011.  The annual fund provides money to be used where it is needed most – offering financial assistance to students. We want all students to finish what they start at Garrett-Evangelical and not have to leave because of financial uncertainty.  This could be the most rewarding time ever to say “yes” to Garrett-Evangelical.  We hope you will take advantage of this generous matching gift from the Steads.

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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