Garrett-Evangelical News

Distinguished Alums 2014

RitaLester2 copy copyRita Lester

Rita Lester pursued the study of religion and religions as exemplary of the liberal arts, including methods and data from humanities and social sciences.  She holds two degrees from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, a master of theological studies conferred in 1991 and a doctor of philosophy conferred (jointly with Northwestern University) in 1997. 

Lester has taught at Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU) in Lincoln, Nebraska since 1998.  She currently serves as professor of religion and is also the faculty president, a member of the board of governors, and was chair of the philosophy and religion department (2006-2012). In addition to undergraduate courses, Lester has taught religious diversity in NWU’s master of arts in historical studies program.  Lester is a strong advocate for a comparative approach to religious study.  Lester teaches courses such as World Religions, Understanding Religion: Christians and Muslims, Women and Religion, and Contemporary Religious Studies.

Students and colleagues of Lester say she is known for her rigorous courses. In the same breath, they are quick to point out that her courses are so intriguing and engaging that students want to come back for more. “It is one thing to teach information, but it is really something else to inspire,” wrote one of Lester’s NWU students.  She is celebrated by her colleagues for her ability to stretch students’ minds, stay current on best teaching methods, her countless hours spent helping students with their prestigious scholarship applications, and work with students outside of the classroom.

It is because this continued dedication that Lester has earned recognition and unique career opportunities.  She spent 2007 on sabbatical in Toronto where she studied and conducted research at the Encounter World Religions Centre. She served as a Fulbright Program adviser during the 2009-2010 academic year and continues to contribute to prestigious scholarship programs such as Fulbright, Boren and Critical Languages.   In 2010, she was one of 12 professors in the nation selected to attend the “Teaching About Islam and Middle Eastern Culture” seminar in Jordan.  That same year she won NWU’s 2010-2011 Margaret J. Prouty Faculty Teaching Award.  In 2012, Lester was named the Nebraska Professor of the Year and was honored on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. She was selected from nearly 300 top professors in the country.

Lester was one of the 150 authors who contributed to the Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America (Indiana University Press, 2006), which was edited by Rosemary Skinner Keller and Rosemary Radford Reuther, both former faculty of Garrett-Evangelical. Lester's most recent publication is a chapter on tradition in Voices of Feminist Liberation (Equinox Press), which was published in the fall of 2012.

While her academic department is small, many agree that her reach is wide. “I went to school back when one could get a degree in religion, but really only study one religion, or even just a part of one religion,” said Lester. “The study of religion is more like the study of languages these days; people should know more than one. And knowing other ones may even help you to better know your own and yourself.”


M. Franklin DotsM. Franklin Dotts

After teaching high school English in Pittsburgh for six years, M. Franklin Dotts received a call from God to move from public education to Christian education. He pursued this call by attending Garrett Biblical Institute and received a master of divinity (M.Div.) degree with a specialty in Christian education in 1961. In this same year, he was certified in Christian education and ordained an elder in the Nebraska Annual Conference of The Methodist Church. In 1969, he received a doctor of education (Ed.D.) degree in religious education with a specialty in curriculum planning from Teachers College, Columbia University, through its joint program with Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

While pursuing his doctoral degree, Dotts began his long tenure at the United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) and the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) of The United Methodist Church.  He started there as an editor of church school curriculum resources for young children and early elementary children in the Department of Children’s Publications. After six years, he became the Director of Curriculum Planning, which meant working with the entire editorial staff in long-range planning of curriculum resources for all ages.  From 1986 until his retirement in 1990, Dotts served as Executive Editor of Children’s Publications, with responsibility for all church school resources for children from birth through Grade 6.  Throughout his time as editor on the national staff, Dotts was widely known for his encouragement and leadership. He served as a professional and personal mentor, setting an example for countless colleagues through whom his work continues today.

Dotts retired as an elder in the Nebraska Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church in 1991 but continued to share his editing gifts in free-lance work with both The United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ. He also served the church through consulting and leadership training in local church, district, and annual conference Christian education.

For the past 28 years, Dotts has also served as a children’s consultant in the Committee on the Uniform Series of the National Council of Churches, which produces the International Lesson Series curriculum outlines for numerous denominations and publishers.  His work there exhibits Dott’s deep commitment to ecumenical Christianity as he has brought his wisdom and wealth of theological and biblical expertise to such a diverse ecumenical setting.

Dotts currently serves on the Board of Directors of Sacred Traditions and Rituals (STAR.), an inclusive worshipping community at Central United Methodist Church in Spartanburg, South Carolina. In recalling Dotts’ impact on STAR, The Rev. Susan E. Perrin writes, “In ordinary things done, one can experience extraordinariness. That is what Franklin has done, does, and will continue to offer his family, friends, community, church, STAR, and his alma mater… That is why the Rev. Dr. M. Franklin Dotts is worthy of this recognition from his beloved institution.”

A Letter from Jeremy Westrick

Jeremy Westrick    

May 21, 2014


I am honored to be a scholarship recipient at Garrett-Evangelical. Because of the generous support I receive, I have been able to answer God’s call to prepare for a life of ministry. I would not be able to pursue the wonderful opportunity of theological education at Garrett-Evangelical without it.

I am completing my second year of seminary, seeking to graduate with a master of divinity degree in May of 2015. Throughout my time here at Garrett-Evangelical, I have been challenged and stretched far more than I anticipated when I started. The faculty is both positive and affirming, yet they also seek to challenge and encourage students to think critically about their beliefs and practices. Truly they are deeply invested in helping to shape faithful and well-prepared stewards for ministry. The academic rigor and high expectations they set for our work are only tempered by their grace and fervent desire for each student’s success in ministry. The learning environment at Garrett-Evangelical is unlike any I have experienced before.

Further, the master of divinity program at Garrett-Evangelical has provided me the opportunity to actually serve and practice ministry in the real world. I am currently serving 15 hours per week, as part of my required field education, at Grace United Methodist Church of Logan Square here in Chicago. This experience has been fantastic as it allows me to take what I am learning in the classroom and apply it in a real life ministry situation. I have been able to preach, provide pastoral care, teach Sunday School, and partner with community action organizations in the neighborhood. Through this placement, I have a much better idea what my first appointment will involve, and I am far more prepared than I would be had my education been confined to just the classroom.

And finally, I have been blessed to have the opportunity to travel to Palestine as part of my cross-cultural education through Garrett-Evangelical. I spent 12 days in Israel and Palestine on a trip led by Dr. Barry Bryant, one of my favorite professors here. The name of the trip is Outrageous Hope: A Peace and Justice Immersion in Israel/Palestine. I not only visited all of the holy sites in Nazareth, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem, but also met with many Israeli and Palestinian families and peace groups during our time there. All of this, combined with sharing the experience with the close friends that I have made in my time here, was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

I cannot thank you enough for your generous and faithful support. To freely give of your resources in support of someone else’s call is truly selfless and open-hearted, and you have both my gratitude and greatest respect for your gift. Please continue supporting Garrett-Evangelical.

With greatest thanks,

Westrick Signature

Jeremy Westrick 

160: Don Baker

don bakerDon Baker began his work in 1968 with alienated and disenfranchised youth in Evanston. His ministry was supported for a time by the Evanston cluster of Methodist churches. In 1971, a board chaired by Dr. James Babbitt, a Garrett faculty member, established Youth Organizations Umbrella, Inc., and hired Don as director. Y.O.U. always sought to identify and serve young people on the margins who were overlooked by or resistant to participate in the rich resources of Evanston. Over the years, those included middle-school students at risk of gang involvement, children of non-English-speaking immigrant families, and families whose economic and emotional poverty prevented caring for their children. When Don retired in 2011, Y.O.U. had provided programming for 15,000 Evanston children from third grade through high school. They benefited from after-school programs supporting academic, social, and recreational growth; summer programs providing enrichment and recreation; family services and support including crisis intervention, emergency housing, bilingual staff, and social opportunities; and most important, caring relationships with staff whose professional training and empathy were always directed to the well-being of each child and youth.

Don was considered the "dean" of social service organizations after many years of mentoring and counsel.  As grants from all levels of government (city/county/state/federal) became integral to service development and delivery, he was named convener of a network of over 20 Evanston agencies and schools who worked together on coordinating services and sharing vital information.  As a partner in grant applications with the police department, school system, YMCA, and other agencies, he helped bring millions of dollars to improve the lives of the people of Evanston.

 He has been recognized for his leadership in service organizations and the community of Evanston by groups including the YMCA, NAACP, and Evanston Chamber of Commerce. On Father's Day 2005 he was selected by Family Focus Evanston as one of seven "community fathers" in its first recognition of men who in their person and their work offer young people strength, support, encouragement, and hope for the future.  In 2013 he received the Bishop Jesse R. Dewitt Child Advocacy Award from NIC Voices for Children.

Though Y.O.U. is a secular organization, Don always considered his work a ministry to "the least of these."  His vision has been based in his own experience of God's grace and his belief in the primacy of God's love.  It is faith in God's plenteous creation, which can provide for all.  He seeks to provide a place of healing for those who are sick in heart and bruised by the circumstances of their lives; a place where the poor and excluded can be equipped for a fulfilled and productive life; where justice is done, one young life at a time; and where the rich can give with the assurance that their gifts will bear fruit. 

Meet Justin Lane

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Justin Lane

Beech Grove, Indiana


Home Church & Denomination
Westlake Community Church of God
Church of God (Anderson, IN)

B.A. in Bible and Comparative Religion, Anderson University

Garrett-Evangelical Degree Program/Year
M.T.S., first year

Background Information
It seems like I have been an academic my whole life. As a young child, I would beg my mother to quiz me on all different types of facts when we were in the car. While I tended to enjoy history the most, my mother would “quiz” me on just about everything she could. In high school, I was very intrigued by a few pastors and teachers that would dive deep into the history and culture of the biblical text. There were many times I would get so caught up in their historical and cultural explanations that I would miss the point of the sermon. This led me to pursue biblical studies at the collegiate level.
During my freshman year at Anderson University, I took a course with Dr. Merle Strege. Dr. Strege is the professor of historical theology and an avid golfer; needless to say we got along very well. Dr. Strege became my advisor, mentor, and friend. However, the greatest gift he gave me was a love of education and critical analysis.

Many of my current classmates have great stories of their calling into vocational ministry. While I haven’t necessarily felt the “call” that they experienced, I am certain that I am faithfully pursuing the vocation and the passions that I have been given. It is my greatest hope that my academic work will positively affect the church and interreligious dialogue. While I may not serve in a parish, I believe I can contribute to the work of the church through exploring biblical texts academically.

Attraction to Garrett-Evangelical
There are two main reasons why I choose Garrett-Evangelical. First, the Old Testament faculty is exceptional. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from their different experiences and areas of expertise. Second, I wanted to attend a seminary that is equally focused on good academic work and a desire to passionately serve the church.

Career Plans
Ideally, upon graduation for Garrett-Evangelical, I would immediately begin doctoral studies. I would like to study the canonical and rabbinical Hebrew writings in the Second Temple period at a university in the United Kingdom. Upon completion of my doctorate, I hope to teach in a college or university where I can do research and give future students the same gift I was given, a love for education and critical analysis.


Class of 1962 Photo


Garrett-Evangelical Class of 1962 Reunion, as photographed in Evanston, Illinois, May 11, 2012

Front row, bottom step, left to right
Miley Palmer, Don Ferrill, Don Leo, Gene Matthews and Robert Harman

Middle row, left to right
Leroy Fassett, Philip Richardson, Lowell Walsworth, Ralph Dude, Royal Speidel, Fred Eisenhut and Curtis Rolfe

Back row, left to right
Dewey Sanders, Jim Current, John Schreiber, James McHolland, Walter Wagener and Irwin Jennings

Class of 1961 Photo


Garrett-Evangelical 50 year reunion, May 12, 2011, Evanston, IL

Front row, left to right:
Larry Winebrenner, Chomingwen Pond, Philip Burke, Siegfried Eisenmann, Norman Silvester, and Harold Bodeen

Back row left to right:
David Schuldt, Douglas Norris, Donald McClain, Franklin Dotts, Bob Bowers, James Witsaman, Lyman Farrar, and  John Wilkey 

Distinguished Alums 2012

TomGoddell picTom Goodell

Thomas D. Goodell is the oldest child of the late Rev. David and Nan Goodell.  He is a third generation pastor and a third generation Garrett-Evangelical graduate (paternal grandfather Roy Goodell is a Garrett alum). He spent most of his growing up years in the Peoria and Dunlap, Illinois, areas.

Goodell did his undergraduate studies at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois, where he studied history.  He was accepted as a Dunn Intern in the office of Governor Jim Thompson following graduation.  He later worked two years in the Illinois Department of Insurance.  While at Blackburn, Goodell met his wife, Sherry. They have been married for 25 years and have two sons, Andrew and Nicholas. 

Goodell received the call to the ministry and graduated from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary with a master of divinity degree in 1991. His first appointment was serving the Cropsey-Strawn United Methodist Churches (1989-1992). Subsequently, he served as associate pastor at Normal First United Methodist Church in Normal, Illinois (1992-1996); directing pastor at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Maryville, Illinois (1996-2003); and director of the Wesley Foundation at Eastern Illinois University (2003-2004).  

Goodell currently serves as the directing pastor at Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington, Illinois (2004-present). Now in his eighth year, he has overseen the rapid growth of the congregation from 400 members to a total of 930 members, with an average worship attendance of 800. Evidence of his strong ministry is that there are currently several young adults in the congregation who are considering their call to ministry.

Rich Brown chair of the pastor-parish relations committee says, “Tom has brought many gifts to Crossroads, including his great desire for members to truly desire to become disciples of Jesus, not just church attendees. This shows in the way that Tom preaches, teaches, leads, and loves his congregation.”  Brown praises the new program Tom has spearheaded called, "Learn, Grow, Live." He says, “We first learn more about the church and who Christ is and accept Him as Savior, if that has not happened previously. Then we learn to live as disciples of Christ through Bible study, prayer, and other spiritual disciplines. Finally we grow more like Christ as we continue to learn his plans for us through Alpha, Walk to Emmaus, and other spiritual growth opportunities.”

In partnership with other area churches, Goodell is a key organizer for Threads of Love, a center providing access to clothing for families and individuals in need of assistance in the Washington community. The center rotates between nine local churches. The partnership between the churches grew out of the need of the community and the desire for local churches to work together. 

He has also worked with Habitat for Humanity, the McLean County AIDS Task Force, the efforts of Bloomington-Normal churches to promote cross-cultural awareness, the Maryville Ministerial Alliance, and the Illinois Rivers Annual Conference Board of Higher Education (past chairperson).  He is a past recipient of the City of Normal Human Relations Commission Award, the City of Bloomington Human Relations Commission Award, the YWCA of McLean County One Imperative Award and the Harry S. Denman Evangelism Award.

Goodell has shown himself to be an outstanding clergy leader in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference. In addition to his duties as the directing pastor at Crossroads United Methodist Church, he serves as the Illinois Great Rivers Conference chairman of higher education, as well as serving on the conference Board of Ordained Ministry.”

Goodell is a 2009 recipient of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference Denman Award for Evangelism.

mileypalmer pic copyMiley Palmer

Miley Palmer was born March 20, 1937, in Fort Worth, Texas, but has spent most of his life in Illinois. He was awarded a bachelor of arts degree in history and social studies from McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois; a master of divinity degree from Garrett Theological Seminary; and a doctor of ministry degree from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Palmer served United Methodist churches in Central and Southern Illinois for nearly 43 years. His appointments were varied: several in rural and small-town settings; two mission churches which have grown into large congregations today; four successive assignments in university communities; and a larger inner-city congregation with an influential television ministry covering a sizable portion of the state. In one appointment, he served a large number of United States Air Force personnel at a stateside training base, conducting a full-scale program of religious studies, counseling, and recreational activities. For six years, he was designated as a campus minister serving at the oldest and largest Wesley Foundation in the nation. Over the course of his ministry, 36 young adults decided to enter careers of full-time Christian service while he was serving as their pastor.

For six years he was district superintendent in the Peoria District, with 73 charges comprising 95 churches and 104 clergy. A number of new efforts aimed at reaching the un-churched and serving the needy were begun. One result was that the churches of the Peoria District annually showed growth in membership and attendance. It was the only district in the conference that saw no church close during his tenure.

He has served in the conference in a variety of roles. An elected delegate to both General and Jurisdictional Conferences, he served on the Jurisdictional Council on Ministries and Jurisdictional Committee on Ministry. He also was a member of the Conference Boards of Ordained Ministry, Higher Education and Campus Ministry, and Global Ministries. He was a member of the Commissions on Christian Vocation, Religion, and Race and the Status and Role of Women. He chaired the Boards of Discipleship and the Conference Council on Ministries, and currently chairs the Conference Board of Church and Society. He has taken an active role in prison ministry, visiting inmates in state prisons for more than a dozen years, and was a volunteer chaplain for a local police force. He was a Trustee on the Board of Methodist Medical Center in Peoria for 25 years, chairing several of its committees.

After retiring from the active pastorate at Grace United Methodist Church in Decatur, he served for three years as a chaplain on the staff of Decatur Memorial Hospital, and is now Minister of Visitation for both First Presbyterian Church and First United Methodist Church in Decatur. He preaches at various churches of different denominations in the area, as many as 35 or more times per year. He has chaired of the Human Relations Commission of the City of Decatur, served as a consultant to the campus ministry committee at Millikin University, been President of the Decatur Rotary Club and an Assistant District Governor for Rotary, chaired the Board of the Decatur Choral Society, and has led weekly study groups of lay people and clergy from a variety of denominations. He regularly leads study groups at First United Methodist and First Presbyterian Churches, and serves on several committees at Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Palmer serves on the board of trustees, executive committee, and alumni board at McKendree College and is chair of its Student Affairs Committee. He has served as a development associate for Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Palmer is married to Janet, and they are the parents of four adult children and have five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Class of 2011


(left to right)
Row one: Linny Hartzell, Julie Wilson, Nancy Vidad, Henry Williams, Jr., Daniel Verdegan, Irene Beth Palanqui, Mary Jane Huber, Cherida Gary, Benjamin David Bras, Rhonda McCarty, Peter Cammarano, Jr.

Row two: Shin Hyung Seong, Danielle Farnsworth Williams, Elizabeth Miller Maidi, Christopher Quick, Kim Fisher, Ju Yeon Jeon, Grant Crusor, Kim Chapman, Shonda Nicole Gladden

Row three: Kathy Wafer, Trenton Teegarden, Richard Shaw, Carolyn Lukasick, Stacey Gassman, Suzanne Miller, Leanne Rose, Lizzy Sherfey, Troy Venning

Row four: Michael Winstead, Heather McDougall, Lowell Black, Jean Engel, Thomas Harris, Kathy Abend, Jake Weber

Row five: Virgil Woods, Cynthia Anderson, Matthew Charlton, Rustin Brian, CrasH Miller, Barbara Javore, Lucas Pepper, Chris Stephens, Ryan Davenport

Class of 2010


(left to right)

Row 1: Pyungwha Lim, Sheila Wilson-Freelon, Hyang Sook Choi, David Ahn, Meredith Elise Hudson, Teresa Jean Lafferty,  Michele Eyvonne Watkins, Alexandra Joy Petrey, Carol LeCompte Griffith, Ashley Prescott Barlow-Thompson, Anne Maurine Williams

Row 2: Philip Karl Messner, Jacqulyn Overstreet Turner, Staci Maxine Holm, Young Hee Lim, Michelle Miskimins Stephens, Hyo Sun Oh, Nancy Sophia Lynn, Lavisha Walls-Williams, Sun Hyung Jo, Donelle Jean Bergeson, Warren G. Smith, Vicki  Brantmeyer, Laura Elizabeth Barkley, Amanda Lee Bennett Baker, Emily Kathryn Slavicek, Barbara Beachy

Row 3: Jo Ann Deasy, Inetta Taylor-Schuetz, Eun Young Ko, Jonathan Wilterdink, Ann Patton, Julia Cooper Reinholz, Barbara Ross, Rae Ann Grabow Beebe, Robert Kofi Koomson, Candida L. ODell, Cathalyn Brewton,  Deborah LaVerne Thomas, Betsy Eaves, MaeLynn Sweet McCrory, Carol A. Korak, Amy Marie Atkins, Nicholas Grier

Row 4: Seokchane Suh, Sam Lee, Manuel Villabos Mendoza, Sung Jue Shin, Bruce Wilson Jr., Tommy Lee McDoniel, Scott Eugene Carnes, James Wallace Lawson, Sari Case, Felicia Howell Laboy, Robert Daniel Smith, Sun Hyung Jo, Elizabeth Mosbo Verhage, Carmichael Dale Crutchfield,, Saji George Mukkoot, Mary Hagley, Douglas Banks, Melanie Baffes, Michael VanOevren, Adam Barlow Thompson, Jonathan Trent Fell, Susan Ann Swyter, Stephanie Marie Escher

Class of 2009


(left to right)
Row 1:  Carol Hill, Ashley Nolte, Adrienne Trevathan, Charles Murray, Esther Lee, Meredith Graham, Cynthia Wilson, Grace Janeanne Baldridge. 

Row 2:  Kathryn “Beth” Streiff, Ellen Rasmussen, Jason Hill, Anita Munden, Jennifer Tyler, Ross Baker, Krystal Bartlett, Jennifer Zeigler, So Young Kim.

Row 3:  Madeline Lockett, Susan A. Haller, Mary Lou Eubanks, Jin-Hee Kang, Amy Jo Ann Anderson, Amee Miller, Barbra Lenz, Brittney Richardson, Kristina Cunningham, Brandon Cunningham.

Row 4:  Garry Wiley Gladney, Vashti-Jasmine Murphy McKenzie, HyeMin Na, Leah Gunning Francis, Yosub Namgung, Daniel Cho, Timothy Lathrop, Darrius Hills, Soo Young Sue Kim, Myung-Sil Kim, Hwa Young Chong.

Row 5:  Eric Weed, Briton Holmberg, Nazim Fakir, Curlee Adams, Cheoni Oh, Jessica Duncan.

Row 6:  Donald Warren, Christopher E. Winkler, Joshua Sawyer, Christopher William Nahumck, Paul Elwood Gregersen, Elizabeth A. Fender, Kevin Dembinski, David I. Neville, Jr., Steven Anthony Cousin Jr., Michael Alphonso Cousin, Michael McMennamy, Scott Douglas Jagodzinske, Christine Lee Humrichouse.

Wilber and Juanita Harr Endowed Fund For Missions and World Religions

Wilber_HarrOn the anniversary year of Wilber Christian Harr’s 100th birthday (March 30, 2008), Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary proposed to honor Wilber and Juanita Harr’s legacy by growing the existing Harr Endowed Lectureship into a fund that will provide enduring support for the teaching of missions and world religions.

This is a way of renewing the original missionary spirit that enlivened Evangelical Theological Seminary, Garrett Biblical Institute, and the Chicago Training School. The goals for this fund are to provide support for more frequent lectures, courses in missions and world religions, and practical experiences for our students in missions and world religions. The long-term goal for this endowment is to provide support for visiting professors, a full-time professor, and ultimately a distinguished faculty member in missions and world religions.

The Wilber Harr Lecture was originally established at Evangelical Theological Seminary to honor Dr. Harr, who was both dean and professor of missions from 1940 to 1971. This annual lecture reflected the breadth of his interests: world religions, changing technology, ecology, human need and world poverty, third-world development, racism, government and business ethics, and minority identity groups.
David Harr, son of Wilber and Juanita Harr, spoke for the family when he said, “I am excited about the prospect of seeing a renewed missions emphasis at Garrett- Evangelical, and only incidentally because my parents’ names might be associated with it. It seems to me that, like the word “evangelical,” the idea of “missions” is pleading to be reclaimed. Who better to help reclaim it than Garrett-Evangelical, with its rich historical commitment to missions? I think it is time to romance the “M” word!”

Will you help us renew our missions emphasis by joining us in building the Harr Endowment Fund to one of the levels below, or by creating an endowment fund which will complement the Harr Endowment? We invite alums, friends, and churches to help us celebrate this centennial year of Wilber Harr’s birth by ensuring enduring support for the teaching of missions and world religions now and for generations to come. If you would like to help ensure a strong missions emphasis at Garrett-Evangelical, we invite your support. Outright gifts, multi-year pledges, and planned gift commitments are all welcome. For further information on how you can participate, contact David Heetland, vice president for development, at 847.866.3970.


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