Philip Amerson “retired” to Bloomington, Indiana — then he got busy with new ways to fulfill his vocational call as pastor and community encourager. He is president-emeritus of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, having lead the school from 2006 to 2014. Prior to this he was president of the Claremont School of Theology in California, 2000-2006.
Phil’s official pastoral connection with congregations includes St. Johns (Evansville), Broadway (Indianapolis) and First United Methodist (Bloomington). More recently he has been asked to lead as interim pastor for St. Andrew United Methodist (Highlands Ranch, Colorado, 2014) and First United Methodist (San Diego, 2018-19).
He has sought to be a community encourager/builder in multiple, diverse settings — from the Republic of Panama, to Westmont College in California to Candler School of Theology in Atlanta and many other places. Phil and his spouse Elaine were founding member of Patchwork Central, an intentional Christian Community in Evansville, Indiana (1975 – 1985). He has served as consultant for many groups including the Lilly Endowment and the Flourishing in Ministry project at the University of Notre Dame. Email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.