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PhD Candidate, Andrew Wymer, Named First Recipient of the Styberg Preaching Institute Teaching Fellowship

July 16, 2015

The Styberg Preaching Institute at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the selection of PhD candidate, Andrew Wymer, as the first recipient of the Styberg Teaching Fellowship. Sponsored by the Lilly Endowment Inc., this fellowship is awarded to a promising PhD candidate or post-doctorate PhD in Liturgical Studies with an emphasis in homiletics at Garrett-Evangelical.

As a Teaching Fellow, Wymer will gain hands-on classroom experience by co-teaching the introductory preaching course under the supervision of and in collaboration with the homiletics faculty at Garrett-Evangelical and will have the opportunity to develop skills in teaching, course planning, and syllabus design. “I am humbled and grateful to have this opportunity to gain valuable classroom experience, and I look forward to maturing as both a scholar and a teacher,” said Wymer.

Wymer's research focuses on the relationship between violence and liturgy particularly as expressed in preaching. In addition to teaching during the 2015-2016 academic year, he is working towards a teaching certificate at Northwestern University. Wymer holds a Master of Arts degree from the School of Church Music and Worship at Southern Seminary and studied liturgy and homiletics at Drew University Theological School.

The Styberg Teaching Fellowship is one component of the Styberg Preaching Institute's latest initiative, A Partnership in Effective Proclamation, which also includes peer learning groups for active pastors under the direction of trained facilitators and preaching support for groups of students who are stepping into new roles as pastoral leaders its mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ.

Founded in 2005, under the leadership of Dr. Gennifer Brooks, the director, the Styberg Preaching Institute has established an intentional and persistent agenda of addressing the need for relevant, effective preaching in the church. Its motto, The Seminary and the Church: Partners in Proclamation, speaks to the mandate of the Seminary to equip pastors for transformative ministry and recognizes preaching as a critical aspect of that mission..

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family – J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli – through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly & Company. The Endowment exists to support the causes of religion, education and community development. Lilly Endowment’s religion grant-making is designed to deepen and enrich the religious lives of American Christians. It does this largely through initiatives to enhance and sustain the quality of ministry in American congregations and parishes. More information can be found at