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Spiritual Life

Seminary education is much more than coursework. Christian leadership is also nurtured through community worship and small discipleship and prayer groups which meet for sharing, support, and accountability.

Whether it's attending one of three weekly chapel services, meditating in the prayer garden behind Howes Chapel, walking the prayer labyrinth, or doing a devotional on the lake shore, Garrett-Evangelical offers a variety of ways for students to engage in spiritual formation.

Spiritual Formation

Beginning with its first spiritual formation class in 1984, Garrett-Evangelical has long been at the forefront of Protestant seminaries in supporting faculty and developing programs in this area. As one of the only Protestant seminaries in the United States to have an endowed chair in spiritual formation, Garrett-Evangelical is committed to nurturing spiritual leaders. Along with classes specialized in spiritual formation, students can work towards a certification in spiritual formation or a specialized master of arts degree in spiritual formation and evangelism. Current students can also participate in various spiritual life opportunities put on by the Student Council, any of our three weekly chapel services, student led bible studies, and more.


Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary understands the importance of feeding not just the mind but also the soul. The chapel ministry at Garrett-Evangelical provides opportunities to praise and worship God, to grow spiritually, and to learn together about the ministries of preaching and worship. The Seminary’s three distinct worship services address different needs, schedules, and traditions within our community, as well as providing rich worship and learning experiences for those who can participate in all three.

For more information, please contact:

Anne Ferguson, Dean of the Chapel,, 217-474-4257
Ron Anderson, Director of Music,, 847-866-3875.


Word and Table

Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m.

The Tuesday worship service is a Service of Word and Table where the primary musical instrument in this service is the voice of the congregation supported by choir, organ, piano and other instruments. The United Methodist Hymnal and its supplement The Faith We Sing are the primary, though not the only, source for congregational song in this service. The Eucharist is celebrated every week.


Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday evening worship provides students a more informal worship style and incorporates a glimpse of the African American church experience. With the belief that what is best in the African American church experience offers gifts to all people, this service features biblical preaching, extemporaneous prayer, and songs expressing the sorrows and joys of a people free in the Spirit who yet seek freedom from all forms of oppression in this world. The Eucharist is celebrated on the first Wednesday of each month.


Thursdays at 11:15 a.m.

The Thursday chapel service sounds the rhythms of contemporary generations; it is "worship with a beat." Congregational song led by a praise ensemble including voice, keyboard, guitars, and percussion surrounds praise, prayer, and proclamation. In this worship service the Seminary seeks, through authentic preaching and liturgical creativity, to join relevance to twenty-first century life with deep theological reflection. The Eucharist is celebrated on the first and third Thursday of each month.

Sacred Space

Pray. Meditate. Rest. Be.

Having sacred space is vital to maintaining good mental, physical, and spiritual health. Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary offers a number of sacred spaces for students to find solitude, center their spirit, and commune with God


Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful

Dedicated in 1992 "to the glory of God in memory of the Unnamed Faithful," the Chapel the Unnamed Faithful is designed to express the seminary's understanding of corporate worship, where brothers and sisters in Christ gather, not as observers but as family members around a common table. Moveable chairs and liturgical furniture make possible a variety of seating arrangements and creative worship settings.


Howes Chapel

This small, intimate chapel located in front of the main building of Garrett-Evangelical was built to honor the memory of Frank W. Howes, who was during his lifetime one of the most dedicated members of the Board of Trustees of what was then Garrett-Biblical Institute. Since it’s dedication on January 31, 1937, its doors have been open to all people within and outside the seminary community, inviting all to enter to rest and pray.


Leona Anita Black Prayer Room

Given in honor of Garrett-Evangelical President Lallene Rector’s grandmother, the Leona Anita Black Prayer Room is located on the lower level of Loder Hall and provides students opportunity and space for prayer, meditation, and contemplation. 


The Barbara Wendt Bell Chapel

The Barbara Wendt Bell Chapel is located on the fourth floor of Loder Hall. The sacred space is available for the seminary community and offers an intimate place for prayer, reflection, and study.


Prayer Garden

The Prayer Garden behind Howes Chapel serves as a quiet outdoor place for the Seminary’s students. Along with a benches and open areas for one to sit and rest, the Prayer Garden features a path with stations for prayer and reflection.


Lake Michigan

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is blessed to be located on the shores of Lake Michigan. Walking paths, bike trails, and the Northwestern Lakefill provide a beautiful view of Lake Michigan and are perfect places for prayerful walk, gathering for a bible study or covenant group, or simply sitting in the wonders of creation.