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Rev. Benjamin Reynolds Promoted to Assistant Vice President of Student Services and Dean of Students

May 22, 2019
Rev. Benjamin Reynolds

Announced at the Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, May 16, 2019, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has promoted Rev. Benjamin Reynolds to assistant vice president of student services and dean of students. Reynolds was named dean of students in the spring of 2017 and held the position of assistant director of recruitment prior.

As dean of students, Reynolds has worked tirelessly advocating on behalf of the student body and tending to their care and formation. In this expanded role, he will have a larger administrative responsibility in assessing how, and in what ways, our current structures and offerings are meeting our students’ needs in order to create a more holistic ecology of care. Reynolds will also be instrumental in initiating new programs and services that emphasize the wellbeing of all students.

When asked about his expanded responsibilities and promotion Reynolds said, "Having embraced administration as a divine call, I am eager to continue the ministry of administrative support in this expanded role by creating an environment in which students flourish by maintaining wholeness. My primary focus is to support students by contributing to an ecosystem of order necessary for freedom and creativity to function unimpeded through a successful student life experience, while at the same time measuring the students' evolving needs."

“Dean Reynolds goes above and beyond in caring for our students,” said Rev. Becky Eberhart, vice president of student services. “His wisdom, pastoral heart, truth telling, and ministry of presence are true gifts to our community. I am excited to see the ways in which this new role will deepen and expand the great work Dean Reynolds has already begun in his tenure here.”

A native of Colorado Springs, Reynolds has spent nearly four decades in active ministry. In addition to his responsibilities at Garrett-Evangelical, Reynolds serves as the transitional pastor for the historic First Church of the Brethren on Chicago’s west side. Reynolds is ordained in the American Baptist tradition with standing in the United Church of Christ.

Reynolds has significant experience in activism and organizing around issues of equality, access, and community dialogue. He has served as director of the LGBTQ Religious Studies Center at Chicago Theological Seminary; director of Faith Communities for Illinois Unites for Marriage Equality campaign; and lead consultant for the Table to Action Project.