Garrett-Evangelical News

Student Theological Conference

The Student Theological Conference offers students enrolled in any Chicagoland theological or divinity school the opportunity to present, critique and share their writings on topics related to theology. It creates communion and ecumenical discussion through open invitation to the Association of Chicago Theological Seminaries, the University of Chicago Divinity School, Loyola University of Chicago's department of theology and Wheaton College's biblical and theological studies department.

STC On Friday, April 20, 2012, participants will gather at Garrett-Evangelical for the fifth annual conference.  Presenters will explore the topic of Church and State as it relates to theology, ministry, biblical studies, and Christian tradition. Presentations include sermons, research papers, exegetical papers, and ministry projects. 

Please click on the tabs below to learn more about the conference and how you can particpate. Please direct all questions and inquiries to the staff coordinator, Krista McNeil at:, or call her at: 847.866.3903


Registration: Registration is $15 per person and includes admission, breakfast, lunch. A limited number of parking spaces are available for $7 per car on the day of the conference.

Register now!

Presenter Biographical Form:  Fill out this form if you are a presenter at the conference.  The moderator of your presentation session will use the information to introduce you to your peers.  Have fun with your answers--we really want to get to know you!


Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is located at:

2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60201

Our receptionist can be reached at 1-800-SEMINARY.

If you are taking the CTA, we are located just off of the Purple line, 2 blocks east and 1 block north of the Foster stop; and 2 blocks east and 1 block south of the Noyes stop. 

Alternatively, you can take the the Metra to the Davis Street Stop, then transfer to the CTA and get off at Foster or Noyes. 

All parking reservations for Friday, April 20th should be made with Krista McNeil at 847.866.3903.

Papers & Editors

The topic for the 2011/2012 conference is Church and State. All papers must grapple with issues of Church and State as it relates to Christian theology in one of the following four areas: Bible; church history; theology & ethics; or pastoral & practical ministry. Final papers should be 10-15 pages in length, Times New Roman, double-spaced with one inch margins. 

First Draft Paper Expectations
First drafts of papers are due by November 18th, 2011. The papers should be complete with a developed argument that supports the thesis statement. They should be 10-15 pages in length, Times New Roman, double-spaced with one inch margins. They will be edited, and proofread by the student editorial board.

Second Draft Paper Expectations
Second drafts of papers are due by February 17, 2012. Writers are expected to have addressed comments and feedback provided by the student editors on the first draft.  The papers will be read by both the student editoral board and the professor editorial board.

Final Draft Paper Expectations
Final drafts of papers are due by March 16th, 2012. Papers should be free of grammatical mistakes and writers should have addressed all comments and feedback given during the first two rounds of editing.  Final papers will be posted online so that  participants may read them before the day of the conference.

Student Editorial Board Paper Presentations

Student Editorial Board


Carol Korak
Julie Schubring
Dan Smith


Geoff Ashmun
Violet Fenn
Brandon Lulay
Kwang Oh
Elizabeth Pierre
Carole Snow


Ryan Hansen
Mandy Morrow
Tasha Sargent
Rene Schreiner

Practical and Pastoral Ministry

Kathleen McMurray
Sarah Mitchell
Christine Wilke

Paper Presentations


Brian Blackmore Chicago Theological Seminary "Pedagogy for Speaking Bodies: 
Teachings from the Religious Studies
Classroom in Public Schools"
John Crowley-Buck Loyola University "The Value of Nomos and Narrative"
Abigail Ozanne Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary "Christmas, Consumerism,
and Civil Religion"
Jennifer Ikoma-Motzko McCormick Theological Seminary  "Under Attack: Analysis of Japanese American Christian Identity in the Wake of
Pearl Harbor and 9-11"
Perzavia Praylow   Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary  "Modeling Womanhood: 
Christian Missions,
Single Sex Schooling and the
Higher Education of Black Women in the South, 1880-1930"


James A. Filkins  Catholic Theological Union "Elements of a Responsibilty Model
of Moral Decision Making
in Henry David Thoreau's 'Civil Disobedience'"
Shane Hinson Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary "A Quest for Justice"
Kwang-Jin Oh Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary "TBD"
Christopher Porter Loyola University "The Demise of Human Dignity by Capitalism"
Yahu Vinayaraj Luthern School of Theology at Chicago "Interrogating Colonial/Postcolonia Gaze:
Some Methodological Contestations on Ethnography, Anthropology, and Theology"


Eric Covington Wheaton College "Jeasus the Zealot?: Examining Jesus' Statements of Violence in Matthew 10:34"
Ryan Hansen Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary "The War of Worldcraft: Revelation's Cosmic Rhetoric Against Roman Imperial Cultic Discourse."
Mandy Morrow Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary "Re-imagining Fairytales:
What Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and ABC's Once Upon a Time 
can tell us about Society and the Bible."
Chicago Theological Seminary "Hebrews 11 and Historical Reconstruction"
Rene Schreiner Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary "Badiou’s Lesson to Theologians: The importance of Contingency"

Practical and Pastoral Ministry

Lauren Anders Northern Baptist Theological Seminary "Desmond Tutu: Radical Disciple"
Amy Valdez Barker Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary "The Potential of a Spiritually Generative System in the United Methodist Church"
Lee Bonghun McCormick Theological Seminary "The Female Minister in the Korean Immigrant Church"

Keynote Speaker

It is with great honor that we announce Marci A. Hamilton as our keynote speaker for the HamiltonStudent Theological Conference 2012:  Church and State.   

She will deliver her keynote address at 1:00 p.m. in Garrett-Evangelical's Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful on Friday, April 20, 2012.  

MARCI A. HAMILTON is one of the United States’ leading church/state scholars and holds the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.  She is the author of Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children (Cambridge University Press 2008) and God vs. the Gavel: Religion and the Rule of Law (Cambridge University Press 2005, 2007), and the co-editor of Fundamentalism, Politics, and the Law (Palgrave Macmillan 2011).  She is a bi-weekly columnist for  She has been a visiting professor at Princeton University, New York University School of Law, Emory University School of Law, and the Princeton Theological Seminary.

Professor Hamilton has served as constitutional and federal law counsel in many important religious land use and clergy sex abuse cases in state and federal courts, and has been invited to testify before numerous legislatures on constitutional issues and on the reform of the laws to protect against childhood sex abuse.  She was lead counsel for the City of Boerne, Texas, in Boerne v. Flores, 521 U.S. 507 (1997), before the United States Supreme Court in its seminal federalism and church/state case holding the Religious Freedom Restoration Act unconstitutional.

Professor Hamilton clerked for Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the United States Supreme Court and Judge Edward R. Becker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. She also received her M.A. in Philosophy and M.A., high honors, in English from Pennsylvania State University, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Vanderbilt University.  She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Order of the Coif.

Ms. Hamilton's lecture is open to all who wish to attend.  If you would like to join us for lunch or to attend the rest of the Student Theological Conference, please register to attend.  There is a $15 registration fee to cover the cost of lunch.


Day of the Conference, April 20, 2012

8:30-9:00 a.m. - Check-in and Breakfast, Cross Tower Room
9:00 a.m. - Opening Worship
9:30 - Welcoming Address, Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful
9:40 a.m.-12p.m. - First Session of Papers
12:00 p.m. - Lunch 
1:00-2:30p.m. - Keynote Address, Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful
2:40-5:00p.m. - Second Session of Papers
5:00p.m. - Optional dinner at Tommy Nevin's Pub, downtown Evanston  

Important Dates

November 18, 2011:  First Drafts Due
February 17, 2012:  Second Drafts Due
March 16, 2012: Final Drafts Due
April 20, 2012: Day of Conference


We welcome gifts!  If you would like to make a gift to the Student Theological Conference, please click here to be directed to Garrett-Evangelical's Online Gift Form.  Just be sure to designate that you would like your gift to go to the STUDENT THEOLOGICAL CONFERENCE. 

The student editorial board works very diligently to keep the cost of the Conference as low as possible.  This means we avoid printing as much as possible to save on the cost of ink and paper; and we avoid mailing to save on paper and the cost of postage.  Participants in the Conference submit all papers and proposals electronically and all editing and feedback is likewise done electronically. 

Even still, there are some costs which are unavoidable and some printing that is necessary:  the cost of lunch, an honorarium for the keynote speaker, travel expenses for the keynote speaker, and the cost of printing programs for the day of the Conference. 

We are so appreciative and thankful for your support. 

-The Student Editorial Board

Spiritual Formation

Praying_PplGarrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary recognizes the importance of nurturing the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of students. Whether its attending one of three weekly chapel services, meditating in the prayer garden behind Howes Chapel, walking the prayer labyrinth, or doing a devotional on the lake shore, Garrett-Evangelical offers a variety of ways for students to engage in spiritual formation.


Click through the tabs below to learn more about Garrett-Evangelical's Chapel services and its participation in the Fit to Lead initiative of the United Methodist Church's Center for Health.


 The chapel ministry at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary provides opportunities to praise and worship God, to grow spiritually, and to learn together about ministries of preaching and worship. There are many opportunities for Garrett-Evangelical students to be involved in the worship service as liturgists, musicians, preachers, and more.

Three patterns of worship in the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary address different needs, schedules, and traditions within our community, as well as providing rich worship and learning experiences for those who can participate in all three. They are:

Word and Table   Gospel   Contemporary

For more information, please contact:

Anne Ferguson, Dean of the Chapel,, 217-474-4257
Ron Anderson, Director of Music,, 847-866-3875.



Word and Table Service - Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m. (To Top)

PH07_Chapel_Lallene_Speaks_at_Installation_H_3-07The Tuesday worship service in the Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful is a Service of Word and Table as outlined in The United Methodist Hymnal, The United Methodist Book of Worship, and in worship books of other U.S. Protestant denominations. Reflecting the growing convergence among these churches concerning the theology and practice of worship, it includes four key elements:

  1. Gathering
  2. The Service of the Word
  3. The Service of the Table
  4. Going Forth

The cycles of the Revised Common Lectionary and Christian year shape the prayers, sermon, music, and other arts in each worship service

The primary musical instrument in this service is the voice of the congregation supported by choir, organ, piano and other instruments. The United Methodist Hymnal and its supplement The Faith We Sing are the primary, though not the only, source for congregational song in this service. The Tuesday Chapel Choir also provides leadership for singing the psalms and presents choral music drawn from a wide range of the Church's musical traditions.


Gospel Service - Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. (To Top)

preachingWednesday evening worship in the Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful at Garrett-Evangelical provides students a more informal worship style and incorporates a glimpse of the African American church experience. With the belief that what is best in the African American church experience offers gifts to all people, this service features biblical preaching, extemporaneous prayer, and songs expressing the sorrows and joys of a people free in the Spirit who yet seek freedom from all forms of oppression in this world. The Eucharist is celebrated on the first Wednesday of each month

The Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Gospel Choir, open to people of all races, is the musical ensemble for this service; it sings songs in the tradition of the African American church experience. The worship team for this service endeavors to cultivate an atmosphere of freedom in expression and individual worship style. Active participation in worship is encouraged. We gather expecting that God will meet us to provide sanctuary in the midst of busy lives and spiritual nutrition for the journey of faith.


Contemporary Service - Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. (To Top)

praisebandThe Thursday chapel service in Garrett-Evangelical's Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful sounds the rhythms of contemporary generations; it is "worship with a beat." Congregational song led by a praise ensemble including voice, keyboard, guitars, and percussion surrounds praise, prayer, and proclamation. The Eucharist is celebrated on the first and third Thursday of each month.

Video projection technology replaces bulletins in order to enhance the service with visual images and enable embodied participation. In this worship service the seminary seeks, through authentic preaching and liturgical creativity, to join relevance to twenty-first century life with deep theological reflection. We hope that this service will provide students with models for contemporary and alternative worship services in local churches.


Weddings and Other Services in our Chapels

Both the Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful and Howes Chapel are available to the public for weddings and other services.  Inquiries about availability and fees should be directed to Diana Ahn, the Hospitality and Housing Coordinator, or 847.866.3950

Fit to Lead

fittoleadThe Center for Health

The United Methodist Church (UMC) recognized five dimensions of health - physical, emotional, spiritual, social and financial - that assure our clergy are Fit to Lead, engage communities, and support mission and ministry of the Church. Recognizing that clergy health has been deteriorating, General Conference 2008 passed legislation creating the Center for Health to address the importance of health for Church leaders - both in the short-term and long-term - and ensuring the vitality of our Church for generations to come.

One of the Center for Health's four major initiatives directly supports students entering seminary and beginning their careers in ministry: the Fit to Lead pilot.

Fit to Lead is rooted in the Wesleyan perspective of health as wholeness and self-care in support of vital ministry. The first pilot began in 2008 with the partnership of three United Methodist seminaries: Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Evanston, IL); United Theological Seminary (Trotwoo, OH); and Drew Theological Seminary (Madison, NJ).

Students who participate in the pilot will be traced over three years in order to measure sustained behavior change throughout those academic years, in preparation for clergy appointments.

Data collected will be used for years to come to establish standards for healthy behaviors across the denomination that will affect clergy, lay workers, congregations, communities and the mission and ministry of the Church.

Seminary Pilot

The elements of the pilot are designed to guide seminarians in becoming Fit to Lead in multiple dimensions of health and to help them embrace Fit to Lead fundamentals throughout their careers in ministry. The three-year pilot comprises:

Personal Health Assessments
-Fit to Lead assessment tool - understand wellness in all five dimensions-physical, emotional, social, spiritual and financial.
- WebMd® Health Risk Assessment - answer lifestyle questions and enter biometric measurements to evaluate health status and health risks.

- Financial management, psychological well-being, and physical vitality workshops will engage students and help them understand self-care and embrace healthy practices
- Areas of specific focus are based on health self-assessment results.
- The first workshop at Garrett-Evangelical was held in August 2008.

- A personal Fit to Lead coach will guide students to identify action items for self-care and support their progress.
- Seminary support services (e.g., nutritionists, counselors, social workers and other clinical support) will reinforce healthy practices.

The results of the Fit To Lead seminary pilot workshops and assessments, combined with results from other Center for Health initiatives, will be delivered to the 2012 General Conference.

Multidimensional Learning

Fit to Lead is designed to help reinforce the importance of health - physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and financial - of the workers of the Church in the short-term and understand the consequences that health has on the denomination for the future of the Church itself. Students will be taught and counseled by leaders in the fields of psychology, finance, medicine, and spirituality.

Read the full bios of the Fit to Lead workshop leaders and counselors online click here.


Living in community can be as rewarding as learning in community. Students nurture friendships as they spend time together in study and fellowship. Conversations about faith that begin in the classroom often continue in the hallways and living rooms of seminary housing.

Garrett-Evangelical's housing options range from small dormitory rooms for individuals who spend one or two nights a week on campus to large apartments for families who live here year-round, or for two students to share. All residence halls and apartment buildings are owned by the seminary, so housing costs are lower than most rental properties in Evanston.

If you have any questions regarding housing and/or parking at Garrett-Evangelical, you can contact the Office of Hospitality and Housing at 847.866.3950.



Garrett-Evangelical has two on-campus residence halls: Old Dorm and Loder Hall. The on-campus seminary residence halls available for 2014-15 offer four possible living arrangements:

  • Old Dorm Single rooms - room designed for one person’s occupancy and furnished with bed, dresser, desk/chair, bookshelves and possibly an easy chair.

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  • Old Dorm Suites - small private bedroom, with sitting/study room shared by one other person. Furnished with bed, dresser, desk/chair for each person; and sofa, 2 easy chairs, coffee table and bookshelves in the common room.
    See a floor plan here

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  • Loder Double rooms – very limited number of rooms in Loder Hall designed for occupancy by two students. Furnished with two twin beds, 2 desks/chairs, 2 bookshelves, and 2 wardrobes. Each double will have a private bathroom. These rooms are cable-ready.

  • Loder Hall Singles – room designed for single occupancy; furnished with full-sized bed, wardrobe, dresser, desk/chair, and bookshelf. Each single will have a private bathroom. Rooms are cable-ready.
    See a floor plan here

Old Dorm and Loder Hall are both equipped with Wi-Fi.

Loder_OutsideOther Facilities in Loder Hall: Coin operated laundry facilities are located on all three residential floors and in the basement of Loder Hall - these will be available for all dormitory residents. Dining facilities and the Garrett convenience store are located on the first floor of Loder Hall. Student mail service and vending machines are located in the Lower Level of Loder. Second floor and the Lower Level of Loder have student kitchens; student lounges are located in the Lower Level and on the first floor (cable TV in Lower Level); a TV room is located on the 3rd floor; a small chapel on 4th floor; and a prayer/study room in the Lower Level.

All students on a residence hall contract (except those staying in the dorm one night per week) are required to be on a regular meal plan unless they find it impossible to be at the seminary for more than just a few meal times. The meal plan is operated on a point system; meal plan points are spent by swiping your I.D. card at the point of purchase. Garrett meal plan points are valid at the dining venue in Loder Hall only.


There are a variety of apartment styles offered by the seminary. Garrett-Evangelical students get top priority for apartments, but there are often many available for other individuals who have an affiliation with either the seminary or Northwestern University (graduate students, faculty, visiting scholars). Unfortunately, we are not able to house undergraduate students.






Apartment Styles

Accommodations are as follows:

  • Furnished Efficiency - apartment with one main living area, small kitchen and bathroom. Furnishings may include: hide-a-bed couch, desk, bookshelf unit, desk chair, end table, 4-drawer dresser, dinette table and chairs. Hot water and heat are provided.  There is a separate charge added monthly for the cost of gas and electricity.
  • Furnished One Bedroom (3 rooms) - apartment with one main living area, one bedroom, small kitchen and bathroom. Furnishings may include: chair, couch, desk, bookshelf unit, desk chair, end table, coffee table, dinette table and chairs, double bed and 2 dressers (3-drawer and 4-drawer). Hot water and heat are provided.  There is a separate charge added monthly for the cost of gas and electricity.
  • Furnished Large One Bedroom (4 rooms) - these units are exactly like the furnished one bedroom apartments above but may have a dining room or small bedroom, in addition to the regular-sized bedroom. There are only 3 of these units.  Hot water and heat are included. There is a separate charge added monthly for the cost of gas and electricity.
  • Unfurnished One Bedroom (3 rooms) - apartment with living room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. Heat and hot water are provided.  Gas and electricity are metered individually and tenents make arrangements with local utility companies.
  • Unfurnished Large One Bedroom (4 rooms) - apartment with a living room, dining room, bathroom, kitchen and bedroom. Heat and hot water are provided.
  • Unfurnished Two Bedroom (5 rooms) - apartment with living room, dining room, bathroom, kitchen and two bedrooms. Heat and hot water are provided. Generally reserved for G-ETS students with families

Parking: There is a parking lot near the Maple Ave. apartments and a very limited number of garages located behind the Maple Ave. apartments. These parking spaces and garages are rented on a priority basis to students living in the Maple (unfurnished) or Maple/Noyes (furnished) apartments and do not automatically come with an apartment. Parking on the street is available at all of the apartment buildings. Residents are warned to check the parking restrictions posted at the end of the streets to avoid being ticketed or towed.

Children: Families with more than three children are generally not housed in seminary facilities. These students are referred to housing in the community.

Pets: Cats, birds and fish are the type of pets permitted in seminary apartments. Dogs are permitted, by special permission, only in the Sherman Ave. building with a dog deposit of $300.

Air Conditioners: Air conditioners are permitted in the apartment buildings. You must supply your own window unit. Arrangements must be made with Buildings & Grounds to install the unit at no cost to the tenant. All of the double-paned windows contain an insulating gas – if you install the AC unit yourself and crack the glass, you will be responsible for window replacement costs.

Apartment Tour

I. Maple Avenue Apartments  (To Top)

hos.maple-avenue-1For students with families, the Maple Avenue apartments offer full-size, one and two-bedroom units. The apartments are located less than a ten minute walk from campus. Two bedroom units are in short supply and are generally reserved for Garrett-Evangelical students with children.

The Maple Avenue apartments contain unfurnished apartments, including a living room, dining room, bathroom, kitchen, and one or two bedrooms. Laundry facilities are found in the basement, and a parking space can be rented at an additional cost in the lot directly across the street on a space availability basis. Heat and hot water are provided.

Sample 1-bedroom floor plan
Alternative sample 1-bedroom floor plan
Sample 2-bedroom floor plan

II. Maple-Noyes Apartments (Renovated January 2006)  (To Top)

hos.maple-noyes-1The Maple-Noyes apartments feature furnished efficiency (studio) and one-bedroom units, providing economical housing for single students. Only ten minutes from campus, Maple-Noyes also has the convenience of being above a coffee shop, barber, deli, and dry cleaner and within a block of three restaurants, and a neighborhood grocery store. Downtown Chicago is a 45 minute train ride from the 'L' stop, half a block away.

The Maple-Noyes apartments offer furnished studio and one-bedroom units that may include a bed, couch, end table, coffee table, desk, dining table and chairs, dressers, bookshelf and chairs. Studio apartments are furnished with a hide-a-bed couch to serve two functions. Laundry facilities are in the basement and a parking space may be rented in the lot across the street on a space availability basis. Hot water and heat are provided. There is a separate monthly charge for gas and electricity.

Sample effeciency apartment floor plan
Alternative Sample effeciency apartment floor plan
Sample 1-bedroom apartment floor plan

Maple Noyes Tour

See photos and floorplans

III. Sherman Avenue apartments  (To Top)

hos.sherman-avenue-1Sherman Avenue apartments offer great convenience as a result of its ideal location. Only a five minute walk from campus and ten minutes from downtown Evanston, the apartments are set in a well-kept residential neighborhood with a playground and city park next to the building.

The Sherman Avenue apartments contain unfurnished apartments which include a living room, bathroom, kitchen, and one or two bedrooms. A very few of these one-bedroom apartments also have an extra room for a dining room. Laundry facilities are found in the basement. Heat and hot water are provided.

Sample 1-bedroom floor plan
Sample 2-bedroom floor plan


Parking is an acknowledged challenge here in Evanston and on campus. Parking is, unfortunately, not included in tuition. However, with a little planning and forethought, it need not be an insurmountable problem. Just ask and we'll try to help.  For additional information, please contact the Office of Hospitality and Housing, 847.866.3950.

At the Apartments

  • Maple/Noyes Lot: $45 per month for apartment residents only. Maple and Maple/Noyes residents served first; Sherman residents only if spots remain. MUST have sticker on car; if you are towed, it will be very expensive.

  • Street parking: $90 per year. Take your lease to the Evanston City Hall Parking Office to purchase yearly sticker (sometimes they will prorate if you are coming late in the year). Then follow directions as to which parking zone you are able to park in (get a map showing the zones from City staff)

  • Guest parking: If you pay for a spot in the Maple/Noyes lot, you may give your spot to a visitor, use it for a loaner of your own, etc. BUT you MUST get another sticker from us for whatever car you park in that lot or the car will be towed. Notes left on the windshield do not count.

  • City hangtags: The City of Evanston has hangtags for guests available from the City parking office for about $.20 each. Take your lease with you to purchase. Must use a new hangtag each day and fill it out in pen, not pencil.

On Campus

  • Garrett Student Passes: Northwestern University allows our students to purchase passes for the big parking lot just to the south side of our campus. NU students are not permitted to buy passes for that lot. See the Northwestern University parking maps here for more information.  Take your Garrett ID to the NU Parking Office at 1819 Hinman Ave. (847-491-3319) between 8:00AM and 4:00PM to get:

    1. A day pass hangtag (white, NOT yellow) is $7.50/day; need a new one each day that you park
    2. A yearly pass (good for Sept. 1, 2011 until Oct. 1, 2012) is $501.00
    3. A quarterly pass (the first would be good from the beginning of the fall semester until Christmas break) is approximately $140.50.
  • Northwestern University Visitor's pass: Also $7.50/day. This is a yellow hangtag which you can usually (assuming we have a supply on hand) get from our front desk, or from the NU parking office. It is good for one day only (you must have the date scratched off or they will ticket your car). This pass is NOT good for the big lot next to our campus; if you purchase one of these you must park in any of the NU visitor lots, the nearest of which is across Sheridan Rd. just north of the Seabury campus. Other lots are further away - about a 10 minute walk back to Garrett.  See the Northwestern University parking maps here for more information.

  • Garrett Visitors Lot on Garrett Place: Please note that this is first and foremost a Visitor's lot and not a student lot. There will be many days when we will permit students to park in this lot, and many days when we cannot permit student parking because of an event or group on campus who will be using the lot. You may use this lot on a walk-in basis when it is available. You may also call as much as a week or two in advance to the front desk (847-866-3900) to make a reservation, at which time you should be able to find out if there will be space available. You may pay cash or check at the desk or have a $7.50 charge placed on your student account. No credit cards will be accepted for $7.50 charges. You will get a magnetic card to use to get into the lot and also to get out of it. You may come and go as many times as you want that day, but the card must be returned at the end of the day as you leave the lot the last time (slide the card into the return box on your way out) or you will have your student account charged $40 for a lost card. Cards will be locked out overnight and will not be good the next day. At times when there is no availability in the Garrett Visitors lot, you would be well advised to have a Plan B.


Housing Application Packet 2015-16:  2015-2016 Housing Packet

Housing Policies: Apartment Policies

Special Accommodations

Persons who need special accommodations should notify the Office of Hospitality and Housing at Garrett-Evangelical in writing.

Student Services

cynthia-wilsonWelcome to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary! It is my hope that each of you, new and returning students, will have a successful and enriching academic year. I look forward to working with each of you and to celebrating what great things you will discover about yourself as you reflect upon various tenets of the Christian faith as well as other religions of the world.

The Dean of Students Office, located on the 3rd Floor of Main, is here to assist you in several ways, from campus resources to student life events. Most of all, always know that our office is here to advocate for your success and to provide the appropriate assistance to make your success a reality and your time here at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary rewarding.

Rev. Cynthia A. Wilson
Assistant VP of Student Life & Dean of Students

Food Services

Garrett-Evangelical offers a variety of food options for students:

Loder_Dining_RoomThe Food for Thought Cafe has a number of hot, cold, vegetarian, and ready-to-go meals. Located on the first floor of Loder Hall, Garrett-Evangelical students can purchase meals using their student ID if they have purchased a meal plan or add munch money to their account. Cash and credit/debit cards are also accepted.

On Wednesday nights during the academic year, a community meal is served from 4:45 pm – 6:00 pm at Loder Hall. This meal is provided free of charge to Garrett students and their immediate families (only spouse, partner or children age 3+).

The Norris University Center at Northwestern Unversity, just a five minute walk from campus, has a Starbucks, Willie's Food Court, and Frontera Fresco which was created by celebrity chef Rick Bayless. Cash and credit/debit cards are accepted.

Downtown Evanston, a 15 minute walk from campus, has a wide variety of restaurants and coffee shops. To learn more, visit the Dining and Shopping webpage on the city's website.


Introduction     Henry Crown Sports Pavilion     Hospitalization Insurance
Health Service (clinic)     Immunization Compliance      



In addition to services provided by the seminary, Garrett-Evangelical benefits from its relationship with Northwestern University in many ways. Our students are able to use the NU library, purchase tickets to athletic and arts events at a discounted rate, purchase a membership at NU's work-out facilities, and participate in its clinic and hospitalization insurance programs.

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Harry Crown Sports Pavilion

Purchase of a membership to Northwestern University's Henry Crown Sports Pavilion entitles the student to the following (although some of the listed items are under review and may not applicable):

  1. The use of Patten Gymnasium for recreational play
  2. The use of Bloomquist gymnasium for recreational play
  3. The use of the Henry Crown Pavilion and the Norris Aquatics Center for recreational play
  4. Participation in intramural league
  5. The use of the outdoor tennis courts (at an additional charge)
  6. Seating in the student section for home football and basketball games
  7. Admission to student sponsored events

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Hospitalization Insurance

All students enrolled in six credit hours or more and all Ph.D. students through the second year of coursework are required to have hospitalization insurance, either a current policy which will continue to provide coverage during tenure as a student or a policy purchased through Northwestern University. Verification of such health insurance must be made each academic year. 

Every fall every students must submit a Insurance Verification Form 2013 to the Office of Student Life. Those who have their own hospitalization insurance must provide a copy of their insurance card or a receipt for a current premium payment. If verification is not received, the student is automatically billed for the Northwestern University Insurance plan. There are no refunds to students automatically enrolled in the Northwestern plan through their own negligence in following procedures.

The Northwestern University plan has two parts: the Hospitalization Plan and the Student Health Clinic for outpatient services. Students enrolled in the Northwestern hospitalization insurance plan are also automatically enrolled in the health service clinic. Students who have their own insurance may choose to enroll in the health service clinic. Effective dates of coverage for the year are September 1, 2013 through August 31, 2014.

The following costs are for the 2013-2014 academic year:

Northwestern University Comprehensive/$250.00 Deductible Plan
This will cost $3,067 for annual coverage (Sept 01 to Aug. 31) plus the $564 annual clinic use charge. The total premium ($3,631) will be charged to your student account in September.

NU Student Health Clinic Only Plan – $564

This plan is only available to those students who already have health insurance coverage through another carrier. The student's account is billed $564 in September.

Regulations governing participation in the NU plan include the following:

1. Students who have their own hospitalization insurance may still use the NU Student Health Clinic by paying the clinic use fee of $564 per year. The clinic is not a “pay for services rendered” facility, but is only for those who are enrolled in one of the NU plans.

2. The seminary collects the premium for the NU Insurance Plan and/or NU Student Health Clinic fee by adding the appropriate charge to a student’s bill.

3. Costs beyond the scope of the NU Student Health Clinic plan are paid by cash, check, or credit card at the time of service. Students that do not pay NU Health Services/ Clinic fees promptly will be notified and assessed an additional cost of $60.

4. Students participating in the NU Insurance Plan who are away from campus (on internship, traveling abroad, etc.) will be covered if both the Insurance Plan premium and clinic use fee are paid each period. (Additional details of the plan can be obtained at

5. If a student has a health plan which continues to provide coverage while enrolled in seminary, a completed Health Insurance Verification or Registration form, along with a copy of the insurance card (or proof of premium payment) must be returned to Office of Student Life before registration.

6. If a student is entering a degree program in January or February, and has not submitted proof of outside insurance, there will be a charge of $2,300 for the Comprehensive Plan to cover the health premiums for the remained of the academic year (August 31). In addition to the cost of the insurance plan, students will also be responsible for the $423 clinic fee.

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Health Service (clinic) --2013-2014

Outpatient health service (clinic) is available to any seminary student enrolled in six credit hours or more, through the Northwestern Student Health Service located in Searle Hall at 633 Emerson Street. The fee is $141 each three-month period and is paid to the seminary. Students must file a medical history at Searle Hall and pay the fee each period to utilize this service, which entitles students to medical services at minimal cost.

REFERRALS - When students are enrolled in the NU/Aetna Student Health Insurance plan, they must obtain referrals from the NU Health Service before seeing a Doctor/Specialist in Lake or Cook County in Illinois.  Without a referral, Aetna Student Health will assess the student a $500 Non-Referral Penalty. The exception to the referral requirement is when students need to visit an ER, then no referral is required.  No referral is required for treatment outside of Lake/Cook Counties.  Dependents do not need to obtain referrals, and are not eligible to be seen at NU Health Service.  Retroactive/backdated referrals are prohibited under the terms of the NU/Aetna Student Health Insurance plan

Outpatient services at Searle Hall include, but are not limited to, the following: complete physical examination and service in special clinics such as: allergy, cardiology, ear/nose/throat, neurology, orthopedics, counseling and psychological services. The health service provides counseling services by trained personnel through the Mental Health Center at Northwestern University. Medication may be purchased in the pharmacy at a modest cost.

Students with non-life threatening illnesses may be admitted to the Searle Hall Infirmary. For serious illness and medical emergencies, students are referred to Evanston or other area hospitals. Expenses incurred in the infirmary or hospital are the student's responsibility.

The annual Academic Year Deductible of $250.00, co-pays, co-insurance will be waived and no referral is required for the benefits listed below only and benefits will be paid out at 100%

  • Prescribed Medicines Expense
  • Treatment of Mental and Nervous Disorders Expense (inpatient and outpatient)
  • Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Treatment Expense (inpatient and outpatient)
  • Mammogram Expense
  • Pap Smear Screening Expense
  • Chlamydia Screening Expense
  • Routine Screening for Sexually Transmitted Disease Expense
  • Diagnostic Testing for Learning Disabilities Expense
  • Preferred Care Well Baby Care Expense
  • Preferred Care Family Planning Expense
  • Preferred Care Routine Physical Exam Expense
  • Preferred Care Routine Colorectal Cancer Screening Expense
  • Preferred Care Routine Prostate Cancer Screening Expense
  • Preferred Care Outpatient Contraceptive Drugs and Devices and Outpatient Contraceptive Services Expense
  • Preferred Care Immunizations Expense

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Immunization Compliance

It is a mandatory requirement of The Illinois Department of Public Health that seminary students submit a comprehensive immunization record to the seminary. Those born after January 1, 1957, must present proof of: 1) immunity to measles (two live virus vaccinations given after 1968 and at least one month apart), 2) immunity to rubella, and mumps; 3) a primary series of diphtheria-tetanus; and 4) a diphtheria-tetanus booster within the last ten years. Students born prior to January 1, 1957, are not required to show proof of vaccinations for measles, mumps, or rubella but must show proof of a tetanus booster done within the last ten years. Records are audited annually by the state and must be in compliance prior to registration. Students may use this form to record their immunizations.

Although it is not required at the present time, a recent intermediate strength tuberculosis skin test is encouraged. The Student Health Service at NU provides, at minimal cost, immunizations or tests to prove students have had the diseases in question. Further information can be obtained by calling the Student Health Service at Searle Hall at 847-491-8100 for current costs and appointments.

For students covered by the Northwestern University health clinic plan, the student health service at NU provides, immunizations or tests to prove students have had the diseases in question.

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International Students

It is the seminary’s intention to cooperate with churches in other countries by assisting in the theological preparation and the professional development of leaders from those countries. Visa, financial certification and financial sponsorship for educational expenses, including an appropriate deposit, must be completed prior to the student’s date of enrollment in the seminary. Financial aid is provided on a limited basis to selected students applying by the announced deadline. Federal programs are restricted to US citizens and permanent residents.

The Office of Student Life serves as the international student advisory board. Matters related to travel, practical experience, permission to seek employment, bringing family members to the US and less than full-time student status must be discussed with the Office of Student Life prior to finalizing plans.

A variety of support systems are utilized to assist students in their adjustments to the seminary, the culture, and to the United States. These include:

  1. An orientation program (August 28th, 2013) before the start of classes in the fall which includes English skills assessment and planned activities. This program is designed to begin to provide emotional, academic, and practical support. Emotional support centers on connecting students with faculty and peers to promote friendship and minimize anxiety and isolation. The program provides academic support by familiarizing students with the seminary academic culture. Practical support is provided by taking students to various places to encourage them to practice their English and social skills.

  2. A tutoring program to assist students with written English. Tutors have scheduled hours throughout the week.

  3. International students are encouraged to enroll in the Theological Research and Writing course.

  4. Regular meetings at Garrett-Evangelical to discuss concerns as well as current immigration policies.

Student Life

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary seeks to become a nurturing, caring, and fortifying community for all its members and to acknowledge their legitimate rights, regardless of race, color, physical disability, national and ethnic origin, or sexual orientation and identity. The Garrett-Evangelical community also makes its aim to welcome diverse theological convictions and social perspectives. We seek in all our relationships to exhibit and embody the transcendent unity that is ours in Jesus Christ.

Our programs are designed to provide opportunities for students to engage one another in ways that foster an appreciation for our splendid diversity while creatively teaching practical ministry and leadership skills on a campus setting which is simply breathtaking. Meditate by the lake. Worship in the chapel. Workout in the gym. Explore Chicago. Do all that and much more.

We invite you to use the tabs below to explore the many ways you can get involved in the Garrett-Evangelical community. 


In 1974, Garrett-Evangelical affirmed three institutional commitments:

  • church and the Black experience;
  • women and ministry;
  • peace and justice.

 Today, additional institutional commitments have extended to address changing needs of the culture and of the student body. The following centers and institutes have been established to enrich seminary life, to allow students, faculty, and the church to interact in programs of mutual interest, and to bring new perspectives to the community. They operate with several different kinds of organization and activities.

Asian American Ministries Stead Center for Ethics and Values
Church and the Black Experience Styberg Preaching Institute
Hispanic/Latino(a) Latin American WomenIMAGES



Asian American Ministries (To Top)

Established by the seminary in 1984, this center serves the needs of Asian American students, pastors, and churches. The office provides services to churches throughout the North Central Jurisdiction by recruiting students for ordained ministry and by training seminarians, pastors, and lay leaders for effective ministry in cross-cultural settings. For more information, contact Ahyun Lee, student coordinator or Wonhee Anne Joh, faculty director, at 847.866.3974.

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Instituted in 1970 as one of the primary emphases of the seminary, CBE focuses on African American experience and ministry. This center responds to the needs of the African American students, pastors, and churches. Its purpose is to ensure the integration of black religious experience into all aspects of seminary life, including student recruitment, faculty development, curriculum planning, and special programs. Its aims are instituted by incorporating the African American experience into existing curricula, rather than establishing separate black studies programs; by the endowment of scholarships for black students; and by the establishment of a parity committee made up of equal numbers of black and white faculty. For more information, contact Angela Cowser, director, at 847-866-3984.



Hispanic/Latino (a) -  Latin American Center (To Top)

Established in 1988, this center seeks to bring Hispanic culture and experience into the life of the seminary and provide continuing education to the church. It strives to serve the needs of Hispanic and Latin American students, pastors, and churches. The office provides services to churches throughout the North Central Jurisdiction by recruiting students for ordained ministry and by training seminarians, pastors, and lay leaders for effective ministry in cross-cultural settings. For more information, contact Nancy Bedford, 847.866.3931 or Osvaldo Vena, 847.866.3867, advisors.

Jerre L. and Mary Joy Stead Center for Ethics and Values (To Top)

An endowed center, the ethics center draws together seminary resources, graduate professional schools, area pastors, and laity to address the compelling ethical issues facing contemporary society; e.g., technological interventions at the beginning and ending of life; war and religion; the plight of children in the cities; the environment; and human experimentation. It seeks to bring a theological perspective to these issues of ecumenical and international scope. Special lecture series and seminars are among the settings which will bring religious communities, seminary scholars, and university colleagues together with the Garrett-Evangelical community. You can contact Brent Waters, director, at 847.866.3915 or

Styberg Preaching Institute
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Endowed in 2005, the institute exists to form Christian leaders in the theological and practical disciplines necessary to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ faithfully in the context of contemporary cultures. The resources and programs of the institute are available to students, pastors, and alums. For more information, contact Gennifer Brooks, director, at 847.866.3888 or

 WomenIMAGES (Women in Ministry at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary) (To Top)

Established in the early 1970s to provide programs and act as a catalyst for the whole community, this center provides community and educational opportunities for women and seeks to create a nonsexist context for theological education. The center offers student-organized opportunities for learning and advocacy. For further information contact Virginia Lee, advisor, at 847.866.4549.



Garrett-Evangelical was founded more than 150 years ago on an inspiration and a gift from civic leader and philanthropist Eliza Garrett. She selected a bucolic lakefront site in a grove of oaks a dozen or so miles north of the maddening crowd in downtown Chicago, where her husband served as mayor. The town that grew up by the seminary was eventually incorporated as Evanston, named for John Evans, who helped Eliza Garrett realize her dream for this place of theological study.


Today, Garrett-Evangelical is intimately connected with Chicago, and students take advantage of the abundant opportunities offered by the world-class city looming just south of the campus.

  • Through ACTS (Association of Chicago Theological Schools), our students have access to courses at 11 Chicagoland seminaries.
  • Through Garrett's collaboration with SCUPE (Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education), students have an opportunity to earn an Urban Ministry Concentration.
  • Through a 150-year relationship with Northwestern University, our students can enroll in courses and use libraries at one of the nation's most prestigious universities.
  • Beyond the classroom, students choose from a wide range of urban, suburban and even rural sites for field education.
  • And when it's time to relax, students snap pictures by "The Bean" at Millennium Park... take in a play in Chicago theater district... revel in the wonderfully diverse music scene at clubs throughout the city... ride the El to nearby Wrigley Field and relish a Chicago-style hotdog at a Cubs game... soak up sunshine at one of Chicago's many sandy beaches... bicycle on miles and miles of lakefront trails... and take sailing lessons on Lake Michigan through the seminary's connection with Northwestern University.


As you will see while exploring these links, when it comes to Chicago, our students' urban education (and adventure) is limited only by their imagination.

Visit the links below to learn more about what extraordinary opportunities this city presents:

City of Chicago   Chicago Sports
Centers, Museums, Institutes   Chicago Universities
Chicagoland Sites    


 City of Chicago (To Top)

Chicago "L"

City of Chicago


O'Hare International Airport

Midway International Airport


 Centers, Museums, Institutes (To Top)

The Art Institute of Chicago

DuSable Museum

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

Museum Campus (Field Museum, Sheed Aquarium, Adler Planetarium)

The Newberry Library

Oriental Institute

Smith Museum of Stained Glass

Spertus Center for Jewish Studies


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Baha'i Temple

Buckingham Fountain

Buddy Guy's Legends (Blues Club)

Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago Temple

Frank Lloyd Wright's Oak Park Studio

John Hancock Building

Lakefront Path

Lincoln Park Zoo

Millennium Park

Navy Pier

North Avenue Beach

Northly Island and Charter One Pavilion

The Second City

Soldier Field

United Center

Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower)

Wrigley Field


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Chicago Bears

Chicago Bulls

Chicago Cubs

Chicago Fire

Chicago White Sox

Chicago Sky


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DePaul University

Loyola University

Northwestern University

University of Chicago

UIC (University of Illinois Chicago)

Student Organizations

 Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is proud to offer a number of diverse student organizations that foster community, leadership opportunities, scholarship, dialogue, and awareness.

If students desire to initiate other groups, the Dean of Students is available to carry on dialogue in exploring new options.

Asian/Asian-American Student Association     Order of St. Luke
Chapel Choir     Order of St. Philip
Covenant Group     Praise Ensemble
Ecclesia Liturgical Dance Group     Sacred Worth
Forum for Evangelical Theology     Theta Alpha Kappa
Garrett-Evangelical Black Seminarians     WomenIMAGES
Gospel Ensemble      


 The Asian/Asian-American Student Association (To Top)

The Asian/Asian-American Student Association is a student group which includes US citizens and international Asians on student visas. Its primary purpose is to provide support and fellowship and to promote an awareness of Asian culture and customs in the seminary community.



 Chapel Choir (To Top)

The seminary choir sings during chapel services each week and rehearses two times a week. Choir members can earn one unit of credit for participating in the choir for three complete quarters.
Director: Ron Anderson
Organist: Kathy Heetland



 Covenant Group (To Top)

Covenant groups, such as prayer groups and theological reflection groups, are organized by student initiative. Their purpose is to facilitate Christian fellowship and reflection within the community. Covenant groups sometimes form around a specific intention such as the exploration of new worship literature, Bible study, or a specific theological discussion topic. Faculty often assists in the development of these groups. The Director of Spiritual Formation and the Dean of Students provide support and staff assistance. The Director of Special Services also assists in finding appropriate meeting places for covenant groups. The Chairperson of the Spiritual Formation Committee assists in coordinating these groups. Orientation and organizing dates take place at the beginning of each semester.
Coordinator: Cynthia Wilson



 Ecclesia Liturgical Dance Group (To Top)

The ministry of Ecclesia is to provide students of diverse backgrounds an opportunity to serve God through liturgical dance. This ministry will be geared towards diverse skill levels and it will incorporate different forms of liturgical dance expressions.


 Forum for Evangelical Theology (To Top)

The purpose of this forum is to engage in conversation about the Christian faith from an evangelical perspective. This forum is led by a team of seminary students.



 Garrett-Evangelical Black Seminarians (G-EBS) (To Top)

The purpose of G-EBS is to promote scholarship and fellowship among African American students and to sensitize the seminary community to the black religious experience. The group sponsors programs, worship services, and other activities that affirm and encourage appreciation for African American customs, culture, and religious traditions. Membership is open to African Americans and international students from Africa and the Caribbean.
Faculty Advisor: Reginald Blount
Student Co-Chairs:


 Gospel Ensemble (To Top)

This ensemble is open to all persons who enjoy singing gospel music. Rehearsals, on Tuesdays at 9:00 pm, are prayerful, spirit-filled fellowship times which often provide a needed lift after a long day of classes. The ensemble performs a variety of music - anthems, spirituals, hymns, traditional and contemporary gospel - for the Garrett-Evangelical and Northwestern communities.
Director: Kelly Tiebout


 Order of St. Luke (To Top)

This religious order in the United Methodist Church is dedicated to sacramental and liturgical scholarship, education, and practice. It was founded in 1946 to strengthen Christians in their spiritual journey through a life of disciplined prayer with a strong emphasis on the sacraments as means of grace. Its moving and sustaining force is that vision of John and Charles Wesley that sought to bring about a sacrament as well as evangelical revival in the church. Activities of the seminary chapter include educational events focusing on worship, community worship events, and other activities that develop spiritual growth.
Formation Officer: Ron Anderson



 Order of St. Philip (To Top)

The Order Of Saint Philip is dedicated to evangelism and evangelistic scholarship, education, and practice.  The Order strives to be active in the Garrett-Evangelical community, as well as the surrounding areas and world at large. We strive to be an order that is a diverse community of peoples, lay and clergy, from numerous denominations, seeking to share the Good News of God's love and eternal salvation through Jesus Christ.
Faculty Advisor: Mark Teasdale
Student Rep:





 Praise Ensemble (To Top)

This singing group was formed to introduce the seminary community to the latest music of contemporary Christian musicians. They generally participate in the Thursday morning chapel services.
Director: Andrew Collins


 Sacred Worth (To Top)

Sacred Worth at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is a student group that seeks to advocate for the dignity, rights, and issues of the LGBTQ communities and their allies. It is a place of fellowship and support for all persons. We affirm that all persons are of sacred worth, created in the image of God. Every effort is made to recognize the rights of all people and to celebrate each person regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Faculty Advisor: Pamela Holliman


 Theta Alpha Kappa (To Top)

Theta Alpha Kappa (TAK) is the national honor society for Religious Studies and Theology. Students. It is the only national honor society dedicated to recognizing academic excellence in baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate students and in scholars in the fields of Religious Studies and Theology. Garrett-Evangelical students with at least a 3.5 GPA and who have completed half of their degree requirements are nominated for membership. You can learn more about TAK here.



 WomenIMAGES (Women In Ministry At Garrett-Evangelical Seminary) (To Top)

This organization focuses on women in ministry, affirms openness and receptivity to women throughout the seminary, and gives special attention to the concerns of women in church and society. The seminary is committed to addressing the special educational needs of women, as well as creating a non-sexist and inclusive environment for theological education. Student representatives present the visibility, leadership, and perspectives of women through participation in student governance structures.
Faculty Advisor: Virginia Lee
Student Co-Chairs: Jessica Baker


Student Council

 The Student Council at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is comprised of Garrett-Evangelical students (and two advisors) that meet monthly. Its purpose in relation to the Garrett-Evangelical community is

  • To actively promote intentional and thorough information sharing among the faculty body, the student body, and the administrative body
  • To enable each body (faculty, student, and administrative) to remain responsibly informed about committee work and current issues within the academic, administrative, spiritual, and social lives of the Garrett-Evangelical community
  • To provide each body with a structure that convenes to discuss issues, set goals, and priorities, and organize to further these goals, as well as to further the quality of life within the Garrett-Evangelical community as a whole
  • To incorporate each body into the decision-making process of the Garrett-Evangelical community

Its purpose in relation to the student body is

  • To promote dialogue within the student body
  • To build a sense of community and solidarity
  • To empower the student body by enabling it to come together as one body to asses needs, to address areas of concern, and, as a united student body seeking to express itself as a community of faith, to set priorities and actively work for them
Student Council Officers       Student Council Committees


 Student Council Officers 2013-2014 (To Top)

Female Co-Chair: Pamela Keys
Male Co-Chair: Thomas Yang
Parliamentarian: Jake Ohlemiller
Treasurer: Nicholas Grove
Secretary: Brenda Kostner
Student Life Representative/University Relations: Christer Mawia
Spiritual Formation Representative: Lauren Rheingans
Student Funds Representative: Christine Wilke
Trustee: Emily Lutz
Trustee: Stanley Giles
Trustee: Eddie Crise
Trustee: Jessica Baker

 Student Council Committees(To Top)

The following five committees, each focused on specific aspects of community life at Garrett-Evangelical, are composed of voting members of the Student Council. Elected membership of each committee includes the chairperson, 3 returning students and 1 first-year or new transfer student.

Academic Programs:
This committee is concerned with all academic policy. Members of the committee will serve on the following selected faculty committees: Masters Degrees, Library, Internationalizations/Cross Cultural, and Lecture.

Student Life:
This committee is concerned with organizing activities that will enhance the student life of the Garrett-Evangelical community.

Spiritual Formation:
This committee is concerned with the sacramental, liturgical, devotional, and spiritual life of the Garrett-Evangelical community. The committee appoints one member to the faculty worship committee.

Student Fund:
This fund was established in 1991. Each year the fund assists students who experience an emergency that places them in unexpected financial need. Student Fund distribution is administered by a committee of students in a procedure that protects the anonymity of the applicants. Applications for funds may be obtained from the office of the Dean of Students. This committee meets as applications are received to make determinations for distribution. Blessings flow both ways as the fund also provides an opportunity for students to give. Donations for this fund are received at any time in the cashier’s office.

Because of the emergency nature of this committee, elected members must be available to be in communication with the Dean of Students and with each other throughout the full calendar year of their term.

University Relations:
This committee is concerned with the relationship between Garrett-Evangelical and Northwestern University. The committee focuses on communication, promotion, and encouragement of participation in the life of both campuses in the area of academics, campus ministry, and religious life.


UMC Logo Garrett-Evangelical, a seminary related to
The United Methodist Church, welcomes
students from a wide range of faith traditions.