Faculty

frederick w.-schmidt  Reverend Frederick W. Schmidt, Ph.D., is the Rueben Job Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation. He is the first person to hold the chair in honor of Bishop Rueben P. Job. Schmidt comes to Garrett-Evangelical from the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas, where he served as the Director of Spiritual Formation and Anglican Studies, as well as Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality. He has also served as Canon Educator and Director of Programs in Spirituality and Religious Education at Washington National Cathedral; as special assistant to the President and Provost of La Salle University in Philadelphia; as a Fellow of the American Council on Education; and as Dean of St. George‚Äôs College, Jerusalem.
wendy-miller Reverend Wendy J. Miller is Emerita Assistant Professor of Spiritual Formation at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, where she continues to teach the Summer Institute in Spiritual Formation (which she founded in 1994). A retreat leader, and spiritual director, Wendy teaches Training in Spiritual Direction, a two-year program, in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama-West Florida, Upper New York, and New England conferences of the United Methodist Church. She is author of Learning to Listen: A Guide for Spiritual Friends (Upper Room Books, 1993), Invitation to Presence: A guide to Spiritual Disciplines (Upper Room Books, 1995), and Jesus, Our Spiritual Director: A Pilgrimage Through the Gospels (Upper Room Books, 2004). Wendy is an Adjunct Faculty member at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary.
dwight-judy Reverend Dwight H. Judy, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Formation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He helped design the United Methodist Professional Certification in Spiritual Formation, approved in 2000. He has offered retreats in spiritual formation since 1980. He regularly teaches core courses in spiritual formation and spiritual direction at the seminary. Dwight has served as a parish pastor and director of spiritual formation for a retreat center. He offers spiritual direction in Evanston and in Syracuse, Indiana. His books include A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life (Upper Room Books, 2013); Discerning Life Transitions: Listening Together in Spiritual Direction (Morehouse, 2010); Embracing God: Praying with Teresa of Avila (Abingdon, 1996); Quest for the Mystical Christ: Awakening the Heart of Faith (OSL Publications, 2003); Christian Meditation and Inner Healing (OSL Publications, 2000, 2010).
jane-vennard Revered Jane E. Vennard, nationally known retreat leader, spiritual director, and author, served for many years as the Louise Iliff Warren Senior Adjunct Faculty in spiritual formation at Iliff School of Theology in Denver. She teaches regularly in the Garrett-Evangelical Doctor of Ministry program. She is author of numerous books including: The Way of Prayer: Companions in Christ Series (Upper Room Books, 2007); A Praying Congregation: The Art of Teaching Spiritual Practice (The Alban Institute, 2005); Embracing the World: Praying for Justice and Peace (Jossey-Bass, 2003); Be Still: Designing and Leading Contemplative Retreats (The Alban Institute, 2000); Praying With Body and Soul: A Way to Intimacy With God (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Books, 1998); Praying for Friends and Enemies: Intercessory Prayer, (Augsburg Fortress Books, 1995).
brenda-buckwell Reverend Dr. Brenda Buckwell is a nationally known retreat leader, teacher, and adjunct faculty at United Theological Seminary where she has taught the United Methodist Spiritual Formation Certification classes. As spiritual formation consultant for individuals, local congregations, districts and conference, Brenda weaves together spiritual direction and ancient prayer practices opening space for God's presence to be experience and shared within community. With 25 years of congregational pastoral leadership, Brenda has extensive experience in practical application of spiritual direction, conflict resolution and corporate prayerful practices, which lead congregations to healthy communication and vision for vital renewing ministry. Brenda is the Co-founder of The Fellowship of United Methodist Spiritual Directors and Retreat Leaders which kindles Hearts on Fire. After serving as chair of Hearts on Fire for over 10 years, Brenda now serves as Director of Learning and Formation for this national affiliate organization of the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church.