Christian Theological Seminary has added five new staff faculty and staff, including Ayanna Garrett (pictured) and Melissa Trahyn (pictured). Garrett will serve as associate dean of student life. Trahyn will serve as educational technology specialist. Also, Kishundra King has been added as visiting instructor of pastoral theology and care. Rev. Jim Farrer has been named director of United Methodist Studies and Lindsey Nell Rabinowitch has been hired as director for the faith & action project.

Garrett previously served as director of recruitment at Chicago Theological Seminary. She earned a BS in communications from the University of Illinois and Urbana-Champaign and an MS in education with a concentration in community counseling from Eastern Illinois University. Rev. Garrett directed the College and Career Counseling Center at Ball State University’s Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics and Humanities and founded and directed the Sisters of Promise and Brothers of Purpose character development program in Muncie. After serving in ministry for ten years, Rev. Garrett moved to Indianapolis and earned an MDiv from CTS in 2010.  

Trahyn most recently served with the Study Abroad Foundation, a nonprofit organization that facilitates study abroad opportunities in the west for students from Asia. Prior to that, she coordinated the International Student Services office at Butler University. Trahyn holds an MS in education – effective teaching and leadership with a focus in instructional technology from Butler and a BA in music education from The Ohio State University. She has taught online for almost five years at IUPUI in the Latino Studies Department.

King is a fifth-year doctoral student at Vanderbilt University studying religion, psychology and culture with an interest in womanist perspectives of Black girl psychosocial development, delinquency and crisis. Farrer is an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and currently serves as senior minister at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Noblesville. Rabinowitch’s previously worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative for Eli Lilly and Co., project manager for Deborah Wood & Associates and as marketing and communications manager for Lacy Leadership Association.


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