Read and watch students, faculty and alums describe their journeys—and share your own Perkins Story!

Heather Rodenborg

“Perkins School of Theology isn’t just a school, it’s a community. I’ve built friendships with professors and fellow classmates that I will forever cherish.” Heather Rodenborg (M.Div.’14) shares her Perkins story.


Rev. William D. Cotton

“. . . this is not Sunday School. This is your Calvary, you have come here to die.” Rev. William Cotton (M.Th. ’61), former District Superintendent in the Iowa Annual Conference, shares about his experience at Perkins School of Theology.

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Stephen P. Riley

Stephen Riley, current Graduate Program in Religious Studies Ph.D. candidate and alumnus (M.Div. ’07) shares why he came to Perkins.


Willy Banza

Current M.T.S. student Willy Banza shares what brought him to Perkins School of Theology.


Dr. John Miles

John Miles (B.D./M.Th. ’54) shares, “I left Perkins with a broader view of the church and the world and the world’s needs, including for civil rights. You need a good seminary that will help you grow. Perkins will do that for you.”


Dr. Rebekah Miles

Professor of Ethics and Practical Theology and Director of the Graduate Program in Religious Studies, Dr. Rebekah Miles shares about coming home to Perkins.


Dr. John Mood

Alumnus John Mood (B.D./M.Th. ’56) has since completed a Ph.D. and become a published author, but will always be grateful for his time at Perkins.

Bishop Mike McKee

Bishop Mike McKee

Mike McKee, bishop of the Dallas Area (North Texas Annual Conference) of The United Methodist Church and chair of the Perkins Executive Board, tells his Perkins story.

Dr. Swee Hong Lin

Dr. Swee Hong Lim

Dr. Swee Hong Lin (M.S.M ’96)—a worship leader at the 2013 World Council of Churches Assembly in Korea—tells his story.

Dr. C. Michael Hawn

Dr. C. Michael Hawn

Read the Perkins Story of Dr. C. Michael Hawn, University Distinguished Professor of Church Music and Director of Master of Sacred Music Program at Perkins School of Theology.

Jose Sanchez-Perry

Jose Sanchez-Perry

Recent graduate Jose Sanchez-Perry (M.Div. ’14) shares his Perkins story.

Rev. James Lyles

Rev. James Lyles

Rev. James Lyles (B.D./M.Th. ’55) holds a historic place in Perkins history. Read his story.

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