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Faculty Member, Rev. Dr. David A. Hogue, to Retire After 26 Years of Service to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

March 18, 2017
Rev. Dr. David Hogue

Rev. Dr. David A. Hogue (G-ETS/NU 1985), professor of pastoral theology and counseling, will retire from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary on January 1, 2018. Over his 26-year career at the seminary, Hogue distinguished himself as a leader among the faculty, a mentor to students, and an unparalleled scholar at the intersection of pastoral care, theology, and neuroscience. 

“A long-standing colleague, Dr. Hogue has made tremendous contributions to the life of the seminary. He has embodied a dedication to his alma mater and to our wellbeing,” said Garrett-Evangelical President Lallene J. Rector. “Dr. Hogue has engaged in the formation and mentoring of many church leaders and scholars. He held numerous administrative positions over the years and delivered each one with conscientiousness. Multiply talented, Dr. Hogue’s work among us included thoughtful care for the ethical dimensions of our life together, a love of teaching, national service in accreditation work, creative scholarship, and a ministry of pastoral counseling to the surrounding community. He is known for a beautiful tenor voice – sometimes heard in barbershop quartets - kind assistance with Robert’s Rules of Order, and a wonderful sense of humor. We will miss him greatly and pray God’s richest blessings upon him.”

In the classroom, and as a mentor to students, Hogue is known for his commitments to critical reasoning and creative approaches for justice and social change. His interdisciplinary approach to pastoral care challenged students to actively incorporate theology, ethics, science, and liturgy into their studies and work. Students and alumni remember Hogue’s gifts for and modeling of dialogue that seeks understanding and reconciliation.

“Garrett-Evangelical has been my professional home as student and faculty member for over 32 years,” said Hogue. “The seminary’s commitments to social justice, informed by the Gospel, have nurtured in me a clear sense of vocation which I intend to live out in the days and years ahead. I will be forever grateful for students committed to ministry and to study, for colleagues and friends who have enriched my scholarship and teaching, and for the encouragement to make contributions beyond the school to the academy, the church, and to theological education around the world.”

Hogue held many governance posts leading to the strengthening of the life of the faculty and shared governance between the Board of Trustees and the faculty. He served as faculty representative to the Board of Trustees; on the Committee on Faculty; and as chairperson for numerous faculty searches, promotion, and tenure review committees. From 2012 to 2016 Hogue served as director of the PhD program. Under his leadership, the PhD program received and implemented a grant from the Wabash Graduate Programs Teaching Initiative to assist with a review of the program’s practices and effectiveness in preparing graduates for teaching at the college, university, and seminary level. He also led efforts to address and reduce doctoral student indebtedness.         

Much of Hogue’s academic career has focused on institutional assessment and accreditation, both in his work for the seminary and for the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). As director of institutional assessment at Garrett-Evangelical, Hogue was instrumental in preparing the 1998 and 2008 self-study reports in preparation for accreditation reviews by ATS and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The 2008 self-study established four assessment goals that better equipped students and faculty with the necessary tools and resources for ministry. Since 2000, Hogue has worked extensively on behalf of ATS in numerous roles including, chair of the ATS Committee on the Character and Assessment of Learning for Religious Vocation; member of the ATS Commission on Accrediting; and member of the advisory committee for the Educational Models and Practices in Theological Education project.

A licensed clinical professional counselor in the state of Illinois, Hogue is founding director of three counseling centers in Evanston located at First Presbyterian Church, Samaritan Pastoral Counseling Center, and First United Methodist Church. He is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and served as the pastoral counselor for Community Church of Wilmette and First Congregational Church of Wilmette for over 15 years. In addition, Hogue has served on both the Committee on Preparation for Ministry and the Specialized Ministries Subcommittee for the Committee on Ministry for the Presbytery of Chicago.

Hogue is the author of Remembering the Future, Imagining the Past: Story, Ritual, and the Human Brain and several book chapters and journal articles exploring the intersection of ritual, liturgy, pastoral care and the neurosciences. He co-authored Promising Again with Herbert Anderson and Marie McCarthy. Originally published in 1995, Promising Again has stood the test of time and continues to be widely used by counseling professionals to this day. He is a member and past chair of the Society for Pastoral Theology where he helped develop the Pastoral Theology and Brain Sciences working group. Hogue sat on the editorial board for the Journal of Pastoral Theology and served a term as president of the editorial board for the Journal of Supervision and Training in Ministry. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of his research interests, Hogue’s membership in a wide range of professional associations includes: the American Association of Pastoral Counselors; the International Academy of Practical Theology; the International Society for Science and Religion, and the North American Academy of Liturgy.

He received a bachelor of arts in music and English at Greenville College before attending Indiana State University and attaining a master of science in education. Hogue graduated from Christian Theological Seminary with a master of divinity, and then received his doctor of philosophy in religious studies – pastoral psychology and counseling from the Garrett-Evangelical and Northwestern University joint doctor of philosophy program.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is deeply grateful for Hogue’s ministry and presence at the seminary and wishes him the best in retirement.