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John Carter Honored for His 52 Years of Service to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

April 16, 2015

EVANSTON, Illinois – Mr. John Carter, Director of Building and Grounds at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, was awarded the Eliza Garrett Distinguished Service Award on March 31 for his 52 years of service to the Seminary. President Lallene J. Rector presented the service award to Carter at a surprise gathering organized by the Buildings and Grounds staff. Carter officially retired in April.

“I cannot imagine that this school has ever, or will ever again, have an employee in Buildings and Grounds who has given 52 years of his or her life to serving the seminary,” said President Rector in her award presentation remarks. “John, you are indeed a rare person and I truly hope that you take great satisfaction in knowing you have steadily contributed to our mission, to sending out leaders who have and who will continue to make the world a better place. Your steadfastness here has had an impact on thousands of people around the world. I mean it!”

When Carter first arrived in 1963, Dwight E. Loder was president of Garrett Biblical Institute and Evangelical Theological Seminary was on the campus of North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. Six presidents later, Carter has overseen numerous renovation projects and has worked tirelessly to maintain and care for the Seminary’s campus and apartment buildings. With each day beginning with a walk through, it was evident that John not only tended to the campus with professional dedication but also with love.

Upon receiving the Eliza Garrett Distinguished Service Award Carter said, “Garrett has been extremely good to me and has provided so much for my family and I. It has truly been my pleasure to care for these buildings and our campus.”

The Eliza Garrett Distinguished Service Award is presented in the name and spirit of Eliza Clark Garrett, who was the inspiration and chief benefactor/founder of Garrett Biblical Institute. Founded in 1853, the school has grown and evolved into Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. The award is given to honor persons who, by their imaginative acts of communal restoration and healing, reflect God's mission and purposes for our world.