Garrett-Evangelical News

Installation of Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt as the Rueben P. Job Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation

Fred Schmidt copyEVANSTON, Illinois, July 2013- Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the inauguration of the endowed Rueben P. Job Chair of Spiritual Formation and the installation of Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt into this Chair as the Rueben P. Job Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation. The inauguration and installation ceremony will be held on September 10, 2013 at 11:15 a.m. in the Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful. The establishment of the endowed Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation continues Garrett-Evangelical’s commitment to academic rigor and profound spiritual formation.

Beginning with its first spiritual formation class in 1984, Garrett-Evangelical has long been at the forefront of Protestant seminaries in supporting faculty and developing programs in this area. Under the creative leadership of the academic dean and faculty, Garrett-Evangelical proposed the curriculum structure for United Methodist certification in spiritual formation, which was formally adopted by the denomination in 2000. The seminary has since created a specialized master of arts degree in spiritual formation and evangelism, and is uniquely positioned to continue developing and enhancing programs at the certificate, master’s, and doctoral levels. With this chair, Garrett-Evangelical is the first among Protestant seminaries in the United States to have a fully funded chair in spiritual formation.

“The establishment of the Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation affirms Garrett- Evangelical’s deep and abiding commitment to nurture spiritual leaders,” said President Philip Amerson. “This faculty position will help ensure that the church has leaders who are not only intellectually prepared to serve God and others, but who are spiritually formed in Christ so God can use them to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

Schmidt comes to Garrett-Evangelical from the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas, where he served as the Director of Spiritual Formation and Anglican Studies, as well as Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality. He has also served as Canon Educator and Director of Programs in Spirituality and Religious Education at Washington National Cathedral; as special assistant to the President and Provost of La Salle University in Philadelphia; as a Fellow of the American Council on Education; and as Dean of St. George’s College, Jerusalem. Schmidt holds a bachelor’s degree from Asbury College, a master of divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a doctor of philosophy from Oxford University.

Regarding his appointment, Dr. Schmidt said, “Being named as the inaugural holder of the Rueben P. Job Chair at Garrett-Evangelical is a distinct honor. I am excited about bringing my past experiences to bear on the work associated with the chair and the opportunities for moving forward in new and exciting ways that honor Bishop Job and the many donors who made this new position possible.  Great credit goes to my colleague, Dr. Dwight Judy, who has done so much to advance the work of spiritual formation at Garrett-Evangelical and across the church."

Garrett-Evangelical, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church, was founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 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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