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Rev. Dr. Gennifer Brooks elected Dean of ACTS DMin Preaching Program

April 28, 2014

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce Rev. Dr. Gennifer Brooks has been elected Dean of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) Doctor of Ministry Preaching Program, effective May 1, 2014. Dedicated to helping students discover their own pulpit hermeneutic, Brooks is Ernest and Bernice Styberg Professor of Preaching and Director of the Styberg Preaching Institute at Garrett-Evangelical. In addition to teaching and advising students in the ACTS DMin Preaching Program, Brooks is a long-standing member of the Program Committee.

“Preachers stand in the gap to bring both God's word of justice and the Good News of salvation to the people of God,” said Brooks. “I consider it a great honor to be a part of such an important ecclesial task as preachers use their sermons to engage the people in deeper modes of discipleship to advance the realm of God on earth. The position of Dean of the ACTS DMin Preaching Program is an opportunity for greater ministry and I covenant to offer my best to the students, the program, to the Church and above all to Christ.”

ACTS is a collaborative effort by eleven theological schools in the Chicago metropolitan area whose aim is to enhance the educational activities at each of the schools through the sharing of resources and cross-registration opportunities. The ACTS DMin in Preaching Program is a cooperative program among six of the 11 ACTS schools that seeks to improve student’s understanding of and skills in preaching within a variety of contexts. Preachers and master teachers of international reputation mentor students to claim and nurture their preaching voice.

“Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is blessed and honored to be a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools. The ecumenical collaboration and sharing of resources only enhances our ability to educate students to be bold, servant leaders for the church, the academy and the world,” said President Lallene Rector. “The success of ACTS and the ACTS DMin Preaching Program increases our excitement for Dr. Brooks’ election as dean. She has been a stalwart voice for the importance and the power of preaching the Good News at Garrett-Evangelical and we are thrilled that Dr. Brooks will have the opportunity to contribute even further as Dean of this program.”

Brooks is an ordained elder and full clergy member of the New York Conference of The United Methodist Church. She was the Assistant Dean of New Brunswick Theological Seminary from 1996-2000 and an adjunct professor in the area of Preaching and Worship at New Brunswick Seminary from 2001-2003. She holds a Bachelor of Business and a Master of Business Administration from Pace University; a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from New Brunswick Theological Seminary; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Liturgical Studies from Drew University. Brooks is also an accomplished author who most recently published a book entitled, Black United Methodists Preach! (Abingdon Press, 2012).

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