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Rev. Dr. Justo L. González to Deliver 157th Commencement Address

March 17, 2014

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is delighted to announce Rev. Dr. Justo L. González, foremost scholar in religious studies and Methodist history, will speak at the seminary’s 157th Commencement on May 16th. The Commencement service will begin at 10:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Evanston.

A native of Cuba, Dr. González is a retired professor of historical theology. For the last 30 years, González has focused on developing programs for Hispanic theological education, resulting in the founding of the Asociación par la Educación Teológica Hispana (AETH), the Hispanic Summer Program (HSP), and the Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI). He also helped found the first academic journal related to Latino/a theology, Apuntes. Jointly, these efforts seek to strengthen Latino/Latina leadership in the church and the academy.

“The seminary is absolutely delighted to have Rev. Dr. González as our commencement speaker this year,” said Dr. Lallene J. Rector, president of Garrett-Evangelical. “González has been an excellent scholar and theologian for The United Methodist Church and a pioneer for Latino/Latina theology within the UMC. His unwavering commitment to providing theological education is an inspiration to all of us here at Garrett-Evangelical.”

After completing his Ph.D. in historical theology at Yale University in 1961, Dr. González went to Puerto Rico, where he taught at the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico for eight years. He then taught for another eight years at Candler School of Theology. An ordained United Methodist minister, González has published over a hundred books, mostly in the field of history, but also on various books of Scripture and on theology. His books have been translated into multiple languages. The best known include, The Story of Christianity (2 vols.) and A History of Christian Thought (3 vols.). In addition to his Ph.D., González has received five honorary doctorates.