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Garrett-Evangelical Faculty and Students Lead United Methodist Church in National Christian Education Conference

July 16, 2014

Professors, doctoral students, and many graduates of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will present at this year’s annual conference for Christians Engaged in Faith Formation (CEF). Titled, May the Circle be Unbroken, the conference will be held on October 17-20, 2014 at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

CEF is an association of United Methodists and persons from other denominations who have responsibility for Christian education and faith formation. Its purpose is “to develop leaders in faith formation to equip people of all ages to live as disciples of Jesus Christ." CEF provides its members with current information and trends in Christian education through its resources and publications, particularly the monthly Newsline. This year’s conference will invite participants to listen to our past, learn and love our present, and lead into the future of Christian faith formation.

Garrett-Evangelical presenters include:

  • Dr. Margaret Ann Crain, professor emeritus of Christian education, will offer a workshop titled, United Methodist Deacons: Leaders of Compassion and Justice. Dr. Crain will draw from her newest book, The United Methodist Deacon: Ordained to Word, Service, Compassion, and Justice (Abingdon Press 2014).
  • Dr. Virginia Lee, associate professor of Christian education and director of deacon studies, will offer a workshop titled, Windows and Mirrors: Curriculum for All.
  • Dr. Jack Seymour, professor of religious education, will be one of four keynote speakers for the conference and will offer a workshop inspired by his newest publication, Teaching the Way of Jesus (Abingdon Press 2014).
  • Four current Ph.D. students of Garrett-Evangelical are involved in leadership or offering workshops at the conference: Tanya Eustace, also director of children’s and intergenerational ministries for the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church; Annie Lockhart-Gilroy (Intergenerational Mentoring and Beyond Blue and Pink: Youth Ministry in Gender); Jonathan LeMasters-Smith (Progressive Theologies and Christian Education); and Daniel Smith (member of the conference Design Team).

Graduates of Garrett-Evangelical involved in the leadership and Design Team of CEF and the conference include: Carol Krau (G-ETS 1989), Kris Androsky (G-ETS 2004), Pamela Beedle-Gee (G-ETS 2003), Andrew Schleicher (G-ETS 2006), and Mary Alice Gran (G-ETS 1991). Ph.D. graduate, Dr. Mai-Anh Le Tran (G-ETS 2004), associate professor of Christian education at Eden Seminary, is also one of the four keynote speakers. To learn more about the 2014 CEF conference and for registration, go to