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Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Establishes Global Partnership with the School of Theology at Methodist University of São Paulo, Brazil

October 3, 2017
Dr. Luis R. Rivera, academic dean and vice president of academic affairs of Garrett-Evangelical, and Dr. Paulo Garcia, rector of FATEO, signing a Memorandum of Understanding

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is proud to announce its newest partnership with the School of Theology (A Faculdade de Teologia da Igreja Metodista––FATEO) at Methodist University of São Paulo, Brazil. Through this global partnership the two institutions can now promote exchange of faculty and students, joint publications, synchronous courses, and more. A defining moment in the life and mission of these two institutions, Dr. Paulo Garcia, rector of FATEO, and Dr. Luis R. Rivera, academic dean and vice president of academic affairs of Garrett-Evangelical, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on May 23, 2017.

Bishop João Carlos was appointed by the Episcopal College of Brazil to be present for the signing ceremony held on the campus of Methodist University and said, “Everyone wins this morning! Garrett, FATEO, students, faculty, and the churches represented by these two institutions all win. With this legacy, all of us can grow in understanding the will of God and in understanding what the Kingdom of God means for us today.”

Dr. Lallene J. Rector, president of Garrett-Evangelical, authorized Rivera to sign the Memorandum of Understanding. Garrett-Evangelical’s Dr. Débora Junker and Rev. Dr. Tércio Junker, both natives of Brazil and former FATEO professors, were also present for the ceremony. Débora Junker, who currently is on faculty and serves as the director of the Hispanic-Latinx Center at Garrett-Evangelical, is a 1996 graduate of Methodist University of São Paulo and she served as professor of Christian education from 2003 to 2006. Tércio Junker, who studied at FATEO and was professor of liturgy there for 13 years, is currently dean of the chapel and regional director of the Course of Study School at Garrett-Evangelical.

This historic agreement encourages collaboration in the following areas:

Faculty Collaboration

  • Short sabbatical visits: Three months or less for research on a personal or shared research project

  • Faculty exchange (up to four weeks): Teaching a course, seminar, or workshop for students and/or faculty on an agreed upon topic


  • Collaboration on bilingual publications, e.g., the FATEO Journal, United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry publication initiatives, and more

Teaching Collaboration

  • FATEO is available to dialogue and provide support for Garrett-Evangelical’s Portuguese-speaking Course of Study School program
  • Travel Seminar/Course: The schools can cooperate in receiving groups of students for a short time period (1-2 weeks) to study areas or subjects of interest
  • Synchronous Courses: The schools can experiment with online distance education by connecting sessions of selected courses that could benefit from an international and cross-cultural reflection on selected topics

Garrett-Evangelical’s numerous connections and partnership over the years have provided students with an abundance of resources and opportunities. Through joint programs and certificates with other outstanding institutions, students have been able to tailor their theological education to their specific vocational goals and needs. To learn more about all of our connections and partnerships, go to

For more than 100 years the Faculty of Theology of the Methodist Church, Methodist University of São Paulo has sought to be faithful to the vocation to render services to the life and mission of the Methodist Church and of the other Christian churches in the formation of pastors and the training of lay people for action in a variety of ministries. With the offering of undergraduate and specialization courses, meetings and short seminars and publications, the Faculty of Theology of the Methodist Church has became a center of reference in theological education in Brazil and Latin America. To learn more, go to