The Rev. Tyler W. Orem
Global Ministry Fellow / Parish Associate for Global Ministry 2015-2017
Tyler hails from Shelbyville, Indiana, 30 minutes down I-65 from Indianapolis. Although there are many places he can call “home,” it is still dancing with his 4-year-old sister Isabelle while at the family farm that makes him feel most at peace. Tyler grew up on that farm as well as in the congregation of First Presbyterian Church, Shelbyville. After receiving a B.A. in Classics and Theology from the University of Notre Dame, he grew up again as a Young Adult Volunteer with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Manganam, Kerala, India. While there he lived in the beautiful community of the Mundakapadam Mandirams Society, serving as visitor-in-chief to the elderly, children, and hospital patients in an ecumenical setting.
In Kerala, Tyler discerned a call to ministry in the Spirit’s movements through relationships, teaching, and experiences of preaching. Upon returning home he continued vocational discernment while working at a residential treatment facility for youth in Indianapolis. He discerned a dual call to ministry and clinical social work and chose to attend McCormick Theological Seminary and the University of Chicago to pursue both degrees. He interned with the Salvation Army, Alternatives Inc., and First Presbyterian Church of Chicago. With the Salvation Army Family and Community Services he gained experience with partner abuse intervention and family Therapy. With Alternatives Inc. he practiced mental health counselling and substance abuse intervention with children and adolescents. Finally, with First Presbyterian Church of Chicago he preached and helped to lead a young adult fellowship and Bible study. Throughout this time he also served as the middle school leader for Knox Presbyterian Church of Naperville, IL. Tyler graduated from the University of Chicago in June 2014 and from McCormick Theological Seminary in May 2015 with honors. He is now a licensed social worker and a certified alcohol and other drug abuse counselor.
Tyler’s passions include preaching, counseling, forming communities that cross multiple categories of identity, learning languages, studying the Bible, traveling, reading, and teaching.