The partnership of Rev. Dr. Jack L. Seymour, ordained UMC elder, retired professor of Religious Education at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and Rev. Dr. Margaret Ann Crain, ordained UMC Deacon, and Professor Emeritus of Christian Education at Garrett, has led to many fruitful writing, research, and teaching collaborations, including the upcoming Crain and Seymour Endowed Lectures in Christian Education and Deacon Studies, which will offer its inaugural address Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 11:10 a.m. (CDT), Via Zoom. Other scheduled events in this series are a presentation at 4:00 p.m., on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, Worship Service on Saturday, April 17, 2021, and lecture on Saturday, April 24, 2021.
Rev. Crain has co-authored, A Deacon’s Heart: The New United Methodist Diaconate (2001) and author of The United Methodist Deacon: Ordained to Word, Service, Compassion and Justice (2014). She has also recently completed a book that narrates the history of The United Methodist Church’s shift to ordaining deacons in 1996. Her work, Advancing the Mission: The Order of Deacon in The United Methodist Churchwill be released by Foundery Books in early summer.
Rev. Seymour has published over 90 articles and is the author and coauthor of 11 books. He has served as journal editor of Religious Education, a publication of The Religious Education Association (predecessor of APRRE, the Association of Professors, Practitioners and Researchers in Religious Education)
Jack and Margaret Ann now reside in the Nashville area.