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Dr. Timothy Eberhart to Serve as Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of COS

August 2, 2012

Garrett-Evangelical is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Timothy R. Eberhart as Visiting Assistant Professor of Moral and Public Theology and Director of the Course of Study (COS). Eberhart brings a wealth of ministerial and educational experience to Garrett-Evangelical. His unique role will serve the seminary and beyond.

“I understand my vocation to exist in the spaces in between the academy, church and public square,” states Eberhart.  “In my teaching and scholarship, I seek to serve the mission of the church for the sake of the world God so loves. I'm thrilled to be part of a seminary community that has long held together a holistic Wesleyan focus upon personal and congregational piety, social justice and a faith that seeks critical understanding.”

Lallene Rector, Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, installed Eberhart as the new director of the Course of Study program at the 2012 COS graduation on July 27. In her remarks Rector offered words of thanks for Rev. Mary Ann Moman’s dedicated work as the COS director for the past two years and wished her well in her newest role as Director of the Rejuvenate Ministries of the United Methodist Foundation of Indiana.  Rector expressed the seminary’s delight in welcoming Eberhart in his new role as director and affirmed that Eberhart’s appointment complements the seminary’s mission to provide quality theological education on multiple levels.

Eberhart will also serve as Garrett-Evangelical’s representative for the newly formed Seminary Stewardship Alliance (SSA), a consortium of schools dedicated to reconnecting Christians with the biblical call to care for God’s creation. Eberhart will assist in Garrett-Evangelical’s effort to meet SSA’s goal for member seminaries to teach, preach, live, inspire and hold each other accountable for good stewardship practices. Most recently, Eberhart taught a course at Garrett-Evangelical titled “The Oikos of God: Economy and Ecology in the Global Household.”  This course sought to construct charitable, just and sustainable solutions to the economic and ecological crises facing our world. 

Eberhart earned his B.A. in Religion from St. Olaf College, where he graduated magna cum laude, and his M.Div. from the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University and Ph.D. from the Graduate School at Vanderbilt University.  His Ph.D. focus was in theological ethics and his dissertation, under the direction of M. Douglas Meeks, was titled “Rooted and Grounded in Love: Joining God’s Feast of Holy Communion in the Global Market Economy.” He has taught courses on ethics and theology at Garrett-Evangelical and in local church settings. Eberhart is an ordained Elder in the Dakotas Conference of The United Methodist Church and has served on various boards and committees of The United Methodist Church as well as other community based organizations. He and his wife Rev. Becky Eberhart, the Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management at Garrett-Evangelical, and their three children reside in Evanston, Illinois.