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2019-12 Archive

Dr. Rodolfo R. Nolasco Jr., professor of pastoral theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, was awarded a 2020 Project Grant Research from the Louisville Institute in the amount of $30,000. Pulling from his expertise and prior publications, Nolasco’s research project will look specifically at United Methodist clergy members who self-identify as LGBTQIA. The research project is titled, “Q-nnections: Exploring the Phenomenological World of Self-Identifying Queer UMC Clergy Subjected to Social and Religious Mechanisms of Exclusion.”

Recognizing the changing religious landscape, decreasing outside scholarship support from denominational bodies, and the unique manifestations of God’s vocational call, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is expanding access to financial aid for all students. Beginning with students admitted for Fall 2020, Garrett-Evangelical’s financial aid program will guarantee:

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce it has received a sustainability grant of just over $372,000 from Lilly Endowment Inc. for its “Leading Vibrant Congregations: A Collaboration of Faith and Finance” initiative. With this sustainability grant, the seminary will be able to build upon the outstanding progress made on the programs developed from the original grant it received in 2016.

Helping People Invest in Something Larger than Themselves

Shortly after David Heetland accepted his first job in development, a friend approached him to say how sorry he was that Heetland was leaving the ministry. Before agreeing to head up Dakota Wesleyan University’s development office, Heetland had been serving as dean of students there and before that, as campus minister and assistant professor of religion and philosophy.    

Effective August 1, 2019, Rev. Dr. Mai-Anh Le Tran was named vice president for academic affairs and academic dean. This is a historic appointment in the seminary’s 166-year history as she is the first woman of color to serve as academic dean. A 2004 doctor of philosophy Garrett-Evangelical graduate, Tran is an internationally recognized leader in theological education, an accomplished scholar, and much sought-after expert in pedagogy. She joined the faculty of Garrett-Evangelical in 2017 as associate professor of religious education and practical theology.

EVANSTON, Illinois – On Saturday, November 16, 2019, the National Association of Colored People (NAACP) Evanston/North Shore Branch honored Dr. Lallene J. Rector, president of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, for her outstanding service in higher education at the Freedom Fund Banquet. Held at the Evanston Golf Club, this was the 55th annual banquet of the Evanston/North Shore Branch.