Steve Polster introduced a special guest, Garrett-Evangelical Seminary President Dr. Lallene Rector, during opening Plenary. Recently appointed and the first lay person to serve as president of Garrett, Rector visited with Wisconsin Conference members at a reception Friday evening, and spoke at the laity session that night.

During her introduction at Plenary, Rector thanked Bishop Jung for his time in the Northern Illinois Conference as Bishop and expressed pride in alumni who now serve in the Wisconsin Annual Conference. She also explained the importance of local congregations to the seminary. “Garrett-Evangelical Seminary is renewing and revitalizing its partnership with the local church. We know we have to be collaborating together to prepare and equip the kind of leadership the world and church needs today,” she said.