Retired UM Bishop Rueben P. Job will be the namesake of an endowed chair in spiritual formation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill.
The UM school announced this week that it has reached the $2 million goal needed to fund the chair, one of the first in spiritual formation among Protestant seminaries.
“The establishment of the Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation affirms Garrett-Evangelical’s deep and abiding commitment to nurture spiritual leaders,” said Garrett President Philip Amerson.
Bishop Job is the author or co-author of more than 20 books, and his Three Simple Rules: A Wesleyan Way of Living is one of the more popular books by UM authors in recent years.
On hearing that the goal for the endowed chair had been reached, Bishop Job said, “Because Christian spirituality has been at the center of my ministry for 60 years, the faithful prayers and actions of many bring great hope and joy to me today and will do so for multitudes in the years to come. My prayers of petition have turned to prayers of thanksgiving.”
Garrett officials said hundreds of donations were received for the endowment, including a major gift in December.
The school plans to form a search committee next month, with the expectation of a new faculty member beginning to teach next fall.