Founded in 1853, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary serves the church and the world by preparing public theologians and scholars. We equip our students to proclaim the good news of the gospel, to foster deep spirituality in the lives of others, to serve with cultural competence and commitment to racial equity, and to lead transformative change for the well-being of all persons and creation.
Located on the campus of Northwestern University, Garrett-Evangelical offers rigorous, intellectually challenging academics paired with a commitment to intentional spiritual formation that trains the mind, body, and spirit. Through a diverse curriculum you will be stretched theologically and exposed to new models of ministry.
Garrett-Evangelical is the result of the interweaving of three institutions:
- Garrett Biblical Institute, the first Methodist seminary in the Midwest, was established in 1853 by largely the same church people who founded Northwestern. Founders hoped that the school would shape mind and spirit toward an educated ministry.
- The Chicago Training School, established in 1885, was an important force for women in ministry and for developing service agencies throughout Chicago. CTS merged with GBI in 1934.
- Evangelical Theological Seminary, located in Naperville and founded as a seminary of the Evangelical Church (later the Evangelical United Brethren) in 1873, joined with Garrett Theological Seminary in 1974 to form Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.
These institutional histories live on in our core values of critical and creative reason, evangelical commitment, and prophetic participation in society.
The seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. In addition, Garrett-Evangelical is on the approved seminary list and is regularly evaluated by the Commission on Theological Education of the University Senate of The United Methodist Church.
2121 Sheridan Road, Evanston, Illinois 60201
800.SEMINARY (Outside of Chicago)
Dr. Lallene J. Rector, President
Dr. Luis R. Rivera, Academic Dean
United Methodist Church with an Ecumenical Outreach
Fall 2014 Data
Full-time faculty: 33
Part-time faculty: 21
Master of Divinity (MDiv)
Master of Arts in Christian Education (MACC)
Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling (MAPCC)
Master of Arts in Music Ministry (MAMM)
Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Evangelism (MASFE)
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Comprehensive distance education program: no
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