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2019-03 Archive

EVANSTON, Illinois – Having just completed a national search, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of Taurean J. Webb as director of the Center for the Church and the Black Experience (CBE). In addition, Webb will be joining the faculty as instructor of religion and race and will be named as assistant professor of religion and race upon completion of his dissertation. Webb will begin his position on May 1, 2019.

Maria Alejandra Salazar, current master of divinity student at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, was named a 2019 Emerging Leaders Fellow by the ARC (Arts, Religion, and Culture) organization. Salazar is one of six fellows in the 2019 cohort.

A letter from the presidents and deans of the Association of the United Methodist Theological Schools regarding "A Study of the Thirteen Official Theological Schools of The United Methodist Church" by Dr. Daniel O. Aleshire, former executive director of the Association of Theological Schools.


Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary earned a reaffirmation of accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), extending the seminary’s accreditation through 2028. The Institutional Actions Council of the HLC met on March 4, 2019, to determine the seminary’s accreditation status.

The seminary was evaluated on five criteria of the HLC – mission, institutional integrity, teaching and learning, learning assessment, and institutional effectiveness. Garrett-Evangelical met the criteria of all five areas with two interim reports due in October 2020.

Now in her fifth year as president of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, President Lallene J. Rector will hold her annual Town Hall for all constituents of the seminary, on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, from 12 – 1 p.m. (CDT). This 60-minute live and interactive presentation will be available both by telephone and in an online audio forum, allowing students, faculty, staff, alums, trustees, and friends of the seminary to participate from anywhere in the world.

EVANSTON, Illinois – Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce Rev. Grace Imathiu, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Evanston, Illinois, will speak at the seminary’s 162st Commencement on May 17, 2019. Imathiu has been in ministry over several decades and continents, working to create communities of love, hope, and inclusion. The Commencement service will begin at 10:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Evanston. All are welcome to attend.

EVANSTON, Illinois – At their meeting on February 7-8, 2019, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Board of Commissioners for the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) voted to re-accredit Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary for ten years, the maximum period for which accreditation is granted. All nine degrees currently offered by Garrett-Evangelical were approved, including: the master of divinity, five master of arts, the master of theological studies, the doctor of ministry, and the doctor of philosophy.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will host an Interfaith Climate Summit for the Evanston community on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Co-sponsors for the event include the City of Evanston, Northwestern University Spiritual Life, Citizens’ Greener Evanston, and Faith in Place.