Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Located in Evanston, Illinois, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary was founded in 1853. Their current president is Dr. Lallene Rector. Garrett joined the SSA in 2012, as a founding partner school.

Mission Statement: Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is a graduate theological school that prepares skilled, bold and articulate leaders who share the transforming love of Jesus Christ. Related to the United Methodist Church, with an ecumenical and international reach, we prepare leaders who are equipped to live and proclaim the Gospel and to teach in diverse congregations and educational settings. Our teaching and learning settings will be places of hospitality where we pursue respect and reconciliation in all encounters.

“We’ve just finished renovating a major building on the campus that is going to be LEED Gold certified, which has raised a lot of our consciousness. The opportunity to participate in (the SSA) is really going to help us continue to be more consistent in our concern about it. To have partners in theological education to talk with, to hold us accountable, and to help us learn from each other- we’re thrilled to be a part of it, glad to be on the ground with it.” – Dr. Lallene Rector, Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

“Garrett has, for many years, been committed to a sustainable vision in theological education. Many of the buildings on campus, particularly the recently renovated, have gotten LEED certification. It’s a commitment that we as an institution are continuing to move forward on.” – Dr. Timothy Eberhart, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Some members of Garrett-Evangelical’s creation care team on February 20th, 2015


SSA Liaisons: 

Dr. Timothy R. Eberhart is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Moral and Public Theology and the Director of the Course of Study School at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. He teaches in the areas of theology and ethics, concentrating on the relation of Christian doctrine to environmental, economic, and political theory. Professor Eberhart is an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and has received certification in both Permaculture and Ecovillage Design. Click here to contact Timothy Eberhart.


erin-profile-photoErin B. Moore is a native Chicagoan.  She is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Garrett-Evangelical and in this capacity serves as project manager for the seminary’s sustainability efforts–sustainGETS.  She received her bachelor’s degree in communications and business administration from Monmouth College in Illinois.  Prior to Garrett-Evangelical, she spent more than ten years working alongside chief executive officers in the corporate sector with an emphasis on internal communications and project management.  She has been at Garrett-Evangelical for four years and has spent a portion of the past two years learning about sustainability, permaculture, eco-justice and more from Dr. Timothy Eberhart.  She willingly admits she still have much to learn, but she is motivated to continue her education in this area to help fulfill Garrett-Evangelical’s environmental commitments.


Student representative: 

imgl2803Liz Lwanga developed a love for animals and nature from an early age through riding and showing horses. She moved to Chicago and graduated with a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies from North Park University. She is a StartingBloc Fellow and has worked as a freelance seamstress since 2013. She is passionate about sustainable fashion and textiles. She currently studies at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary pursuing a Master’s in Theological Studies with a concentration in Theology and Ethics, and seeks to apply an ecotheological lens to the clothing industry as part of her ongoing work. She serves as the sustainability associate on campus as well as co-chair for the student group, sustain-GETS.


Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Creation Care Links:

Tending the Seminarium: Garrett-Evangelical hosted February 20th, 2015 Chicagoland SSA Gathering

Garrett-Evengelical’s Environmental Stewardship Plan

“Garrett-Evangelical and MTSO Appoint Timothy Eberhart Assistant Professor of Theology and Ecology” Dr. Eberhart’s appointment is the next step in encouraging ecological awareness on campus.

“Cutting Edges: Remember That You are Dust, and to Dust You Shall Return” Dr. Timothy Eberhart considers the significance of creation care in spiritual life.

“Garrett-Evangelical Building Earns LEED Gold Certification” The renovation of Loder Hall earned a LEED Gold certification, continuing their journey toward sustainability.