Rev. Cynthia Wilson to Serve as Dean of Students
Garrett-Evangelical is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Cynthia Wilson as Dean of Students. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Rev. Wilson served as Interim Dean of Students. During that time she worked closely with the seminary’s diverse student body in creating a space for intentional community amongst diverse theological convictions and social perspectives. She has found, and continues to find, creative ways of providing support for the seminary’s students and their families.
"The Garrett-Evangelical tradition of having excellent leadership in the area of student life continues with the appointment of the Rev. Cynthia Wilson as Dean of Students,” said President Philip Amerson. “Last year, working as Interim Dean she demonstrated her wisdom, imagination and care for students. Cynthia is a highly valued member of the leadership team at the seminary. She keeps 'raising our game' in terms of the quality of student life. It is a joy to have her playing this significant role.”
Rev. Wilson is an Ordained Deacon in The United Methodist Church and a member of the Kansas West Annual Conference. She has received degrees from Dillard University and Southern Methodist University Perkins School of Theology. Additionally, she studied at Eastman Conservatory and Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Presently, Rev. Wilson is completing her dissertation entitled “The Incarnational Nature of Congregational Song: A Deeper Level of Performance” and is working towards a Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies and Theology from Garrett-Evangelical. “Garrett-Evangelical has been on the cutting edge of theological education for decades. My journey here as a student has been invigorating! Needless to say, as a new member of the staff, I am honored to join such a visionary team,” said Rev. Wilson.
In addition to her role as the Dean of Students, Rev. Wilson brings the gift of music to the seminary. As an award-winning singer, she has performed all over the world, including Carnegie Hall and the Washington National Cathedral. Having answered the call to music ministry, Rev. Wilson is committed to the task of keeping God’s Word alive through biblically and theologically sound music that raises an awareness of the issues of justice, love, and liberation. Her work as a consultant to local churches and ministries in the areas of liturgy and sacred music has helped to produce the Songs of Zion (1981) and Zion Still Sings! For Every Generation (2007). Both of these United Methodist Publishing House worship resources fitly represent the ethos and pathos of indigenous Black Church music and continue to enrich worship in the twenty-first century for all generations, cultures and denominations.