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Garrett-Evangelical Welcomes Drs. Débora and Tércio Junker

April 27, 2015

EVANSTON, Illinois – Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the appointments of Dr. Débora Junker as assistant dean of student life, director of the office of international students, and director of the Hispanic Center. Dr. Tércio Junker will be appointed as dean of the chapel and director of the Course of Study and Escuela del Curso de Estudio programs. They will officially begin their appointments July 1, 2015.

Débora Junker is currently a visiting scholar at Garrett-Evangelical and assistant professor of Christian education at Christian Theological Seminary. As assistant dean of student life and director of the office of international students, Junker will provide valuable assistance to our growing number of international students as they navigate not only life at Garrett-Evangelical but also life in the United States. Her work with the Hispanic Center will bring renewed attention and a new level of support for our Hispanic and Latino/a students.

Tércio Junker is currently assistant professor of worship and director of Sweeney Chapel at Christian Theological Seminary. He brings a wealth of experience to both worship life and the Course of Study program at Garrett-Evangelical. Junker has previously taught classes at Garrett-Evangelical's Spanish speaking Course of Study program and at Christian Theological Seminary's Lifelong Theological Education program. Among his numerous musical contributions, compositions, and international leadership, Junker was also the music director for the 10th World Council of Churches Assembly.

“I am thrilled to welcome Drs. Débora and Tércio Junker back to the Garrett-Evangelical community,” said Garrett-Evangelical President Lallene J. Rector. “Their presence will not only strengthen our ability to respond more effectively to the theological educational needs of the Hispanic and Latino/a community but their many gifts in administration, teaching, worship and music, and leadership will richly enhance our life together.”

Débora Junker received her doctor of philosophy degree in 2003 from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in education and congregational studies; she also holds a master of arts in Christian education degree from Christian Theological Seminary (1999) and a master in religious science (practical theology) degree from the Methodist University of São Paulo - Brazil (1996). Junker also received post-graduate specialization in the psychopedagogy of early childhood and adolescence from the Methodist Institute of Higher Education of São Paulo – Brazil (1992) and a licentiate in letters from the Methodist Institute of Higher Education of São Paulo – Brazil (1985).

Débora Junker has published numerous articles, chapters, and books in the field of Christian education. She is currently working on a new book, “Religious Education for Global Citizenship: Embracing Compassion and Solidarity.” The book will explore the concept of global citizenship within a religious context while recognizing the urgent need to engage more concretely in issues of citizenship both theologically and pragmatically. Moreover, the book will seek to develop and cultivate what Junker calls a “citizenship literacy praxis,” a term she defines as a critical, engaged, and more compassionate way of reading the world locally as well as globally.

Tércio Junker is an ordained elder of the Brazilian Methodist Church. An international lecturer and published author, Junker is the author of "Prophetic Liturgy: Toward a Transforming Christian Praxis: (Pickwick, 2014) and has recently been published in the journals “Mosaico Apoio Pastoral” and” Caminhando” and has contributed to “Primary Sources of Liturgical Theology: A Reader,” (The Liturgical Press, 2000) and “The Book of Daily Prayer: Morning and Evening” (The Pilgrim Press, 2001). Junker earned his doctor of philosophy degree in liturgical studies from Garrett-Evangelical in 2003, and holds a master of arts degree in sacred theology from Christian Theological Seminary, and a master of arts degree in theology and ecclesiastical music from the Protestant Institute for Higher Theological Studies in Buenos Aires, Argentina.