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Garrett-Evangelical and MTSO Appoint Timothy Eberhart Assistant Professor of Theology and Ecology

December 12, 2013

Methodist Theological School in Ohio and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary have appointed Rev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart assistant professor of theology and ecology. Eberhart will serve Garrett-Evangelical and MTSO through a joint appointment, teaching classes on both campuses through a variety of formats.

The appointment of Eberhart furthers the two seminaries’ commitment to integrating ecological perspectives and sustainable practices throughout the curriculum, campus life and the communities they serve. Garrett-Evangelical recently finished the renovation of Loder Hall, which earned Gold LEED certification for environmental sustainability. MTSO, which offers two ecological degree specializations, recently launched a sustainability and land-use initiative that includes on-campus farming.

MTSO and Garrett-Evangelical, both of which are related to The United Methodist Church, entered into a collaborative agreement in October 2012. This has led to shared use of educational technology in a way that enhances teaching and learning at both schools and in their greater communities. The joint appointment of Eberhart extends and strengthens the collaboration.

"This appointment not only furthers our creative collaboration with MTSO, our sister school, but more importantly it will support the preparation of our graduates for effective leadership in the increasingly urgent matters of sustainable living and creation care," said Dr. Lallene Rector, president-elect of Garrett-Evangelical. "Dr. Eberhart is the perfect person for this initiative, bringing passion, expertise, and inspired commitment."

Eberhart earned his Ph.D. from the Graduate School at Vanderbilt University, his Master of Divinity degree from the Vanderbilt Divinity School, and his B.A. in Religion from St. Olaf College, where he graduated magna cum laude. His doctoral dissertation was titled “Rooted and Grounded in Love: Joining God’s Feast of Holy Communion in the Global Market Economy.”

Eberhart has taught at Garrett-Evangelical, the Vanderbilt Divinity School and Dakota Wesleyan University. He is an ordained elder in the Dakotas Conference of The United Methodist Church and has served on various boards and committees of the church. He was recently invited to serve on the national planning committee for the 2014 Congress on Urban Ministry and was elected North American secretary for the Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies.

“How we live as members of the creation reveals a great deal about who we believe God to be and what it means to lead a faithful existence,” Eberhart said. “I’m eager to play a role in this collaborative effort to equip leaders with the wisdom of an ecological perspective and the practical knowledge of how to guide communities into the ways that lead to life.”

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