Built from Church and Community Leaders, primarily from the Dallas Area, the Advisory Panel of the Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence is dedicated to guiding and advising the Director, and providing consultation with regard to the vision and activities of the Center.
Senior Associate Minister, Highland Park United Methodist Church
Rev. Robb has been on staff at HPUMC for 17 years, serving in the Missions and Outreach department, College Ministry, Adult Ministries, as Director of Adult Sunday Morning Classes, as Executive Minister for 7 years, and is currently the Senior Associate Minister.
Rector, Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration
The Rev. R. Casey Shobe became the fourth rector of Transfiguration in October 2014 after having served churches in Rhode Island and Houston. He is married to Melody Shobe, also an Episcopal priest, and they have two daughters, Isabelle and Adelaide. Casey grew up in Temple, Texas, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. His Master of Divinity was earned at Virginia Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry at the School of Theology at the University of the South (Sewanee).
Senior Pastor, Smith Chapel A.M.E Church, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Paul Quinn College
C. Dennis Williams Holds a B.S. degree in History and Religion from Paul Quinn College, Dallas Texas a Master's of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies from Bethany Divinity College and Seminary, Dothan Alabama and a Doctor of Ministry in Homiletics from United Theological Seminary Dayton Ohio. He serves as the Senior Pastor of Smith Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church Dallas as well and Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Dean of Chapel at Paul Quinn College.
Director, The Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence, Le Van Professor of Preaching and Worship, Perkins School of Theology at SMU
The Rev. Dr. Alyce M. McKenzie is Professor of Homiletics at Perkins School of
Theology. Her special interests include preaching on biblical wisdom, preaching on the sayings and parables of Jesus, preaching on public, often controversial issues, and the role of
imagination in crafting sermons.
Bishop of the North Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
Bishop McKee is the immediate past-president of the South Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops. He is president of the Board of the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) of the UMC. He serves on the Boards of Trustees of Southern Methodist University, Texas Methodist Foundation, Southwestern University and Methodist Health System, Dallas. He is chair of the Executive Board of Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.
Development and External Affairs, Southern Methodist University
John A. Martin earned a doctorate from Dallas Theological Seminary, in Hebrew and Semitic languages, and another from the University of North Texas, in higher education administration.
Dr. Martin served as president of Roberts Wesleyan College, in Rochester, N.Y., for 12 years. He earlier was president of Central College in McPherson, Kansas.
CFP®, Partner Wealth Management Group, LLC
Henry Lessner is a Certified Financial Planner and part owner of a registered investment advisory firm – Wealth Management Group, LLC located in Allen. He thoroughly enjoys working with individuals, families, and small businesses to get their financial houses in order. He also regularly leads Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University classes at churches in the area.
J.D. Vice President Baylor Health Care System Foundation
Cynthia Krause is an attorney and vice president of gift planning for Baylor Health Care System Foundation, working with individuals, families and their advisors on complex gifts of outright assets, charitable trusts and estate gifts. She also oversees the Foundation’s planned giving and estate administration programs.
Cynthia Fierro Harvey serves as bishop of the Louisiana Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, having been assigned there in September of 2012.
She is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, where she earned a Masters of Divinity.
Dean of Perkins School of Theology
Craig C. Hill became the 11th dean of Perkins School of Theology on July 1, 2016. A New Testament scholar, Dean Hill previously served on the faculty of Duke Divinity School, where he was executive director of the Doctor of Ministry and Master of Christian Practice programs. He was also a research professor of theological pedagogy.
Peer Group Facilitator Trainer
Director of the Center for Pastoral Excellence for the Louisiana Conference of the UMC
Rev. Dr. W. Craig Gilliam is the director of the Center for Pastoral Excellence for the Louisiana Conference of the UMC; part of the Just Peace collaborative staff; has a private practice and is adjunct instructor at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. Craig has 25 years of experience with both religious communities and other organizations. His areas of expertise are conflict transformation, leadership education, team building and group process.