EVANSTON, Ill. (G-ETS) – Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt will join the faculty of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary as the Rueben P. Job Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation effective July 1, 2013. Schmidt is the first to hold the newly endowed Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation. He will begin teaching in the fall of 2013 and will also oversee the Rueben Job Institute for Spiritual Formation.

Garrett-Evangelical is among the first Protestant seminaries in North America to endow a chair in spiritual formation. Established in January 2013, this endowed chair is named in honor of Garrett-Evangelical’s distinguished alumnus Rueben P. Job, retired bishop of The United Methodist Church. It is to be a lasting legacy to Bishop Job’s lifelong commitment to spiritual formation and will ensure that Garrett-Evangelical continues to prepare well-formed spiritual leaders for many generations.

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’s College, Jerusalem.