Dean of the Seminary and Professor of New Testament Duke University, BA; Princeton Theological Seminary, MDiv; Yale University, MA, MPhil, PhD; Fulbright Fellow, University of Tübingen, West Germany.
Susan Renninger Garrett is Professor of New Testament with a specialized interest in the Gospels and how they reflect the world view and theology of biblical authors. Early Judaism, including apocalyptic thinking, is also a particular specialty.
In 2012, Garrett (along with Dr. Carol J. Cook) was recipient of a Grawemeyer Award for Outstanding Instructional Design for the course "Transforming Seminary Education," which approaches several challenging issues from a variety of disciplines and encourages a practice of "generous listening" when encountering persons whose views differ from one’s own.
Garrett joined the faculty at Louisville Seminary in 1995 and welcomed its atmosphere of collegiality and sense of purpose among its faculty. She says that her years at the seminary have influenced a shift to writing for the church as well as for the academy. Some of her published works include The Demise of the Devil: Magic and the Demonic in Luke’s Writings
(Fortress, 1989), The Temptations of Jesus in Mark’s Gospel
(Eerdmans, 1998), Making Time for God: Daily Devotions for Children and Families to Share
(Baker Book House, 2002; co-authored with LPTS professor Amy Plantinga Pauw), and No
Ordinary Angel: Celestial Spirits and Christian Claims about Jesus
(Yale University Press, 2008). Garrett also serves as a Bible consultant for Oxford Press.
Garrett became Dean of Louisville Seminary in June of 2012.
She recently led grant writing efforts that resulted in a $375,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to support Louisville Seminary's Doors to Dialogue program, and a $200,000 grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations to support the Black Church Studies program, and a $250,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment to address economic issues facing future ministers.
"I try to help students to explore their own understanding of what the Bible is, and of what are the sources of its authority and the means by which it exercises that authority in the life of faith. I also want to show students that such critical thinking can go hand-in-hand with a deep passion for the Scriptures and for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Further, I am deeply concerned to help students learn to recognize the differing patterns of biblical interpretation used in various communities of faith and to engage persons in those interpretive communities with respect." -Susan R. Garrett