March 2022 News Perspective Online

Alumni/ae Updates: March 2022

Perkins Represents at Presbyterian Installation

Perkins was well represented, with four alumnae and a faculty member present at the January installation of the Rev. Cara Ellis (M.Div. ‘14) as the new associate pastor of family ministry at Grace Presbyterian Church of Plano.

Pictured are (front row, left to right): Cindy Miller, Moderator of Committee on Ministry for Grace Presbytery and Ruling Elder (an ordained lay position) at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Corsicana; the Rev. Ellis; the Rev. Amy Moore, (M.Div. ‘14), Spiritual Director; the Rev. Dr. Tracy Davenport, Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church, Plano.

Middle Row: Brian Parker, Ruling Elder at Woodhaven Presbyterian Church, Irving; the Rev. Dr. Lil Smith, (M.Div. ’11, D.Min. ‘18), Director and Co-founder of Retreat House, Richardson; the Rev. Laura Fitzgibbon (M.Div. ‘07), Interim Pastor of The Nor’kirk Presbyterian; the Rev. Dr. Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, Professor of Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology at Perkins.

Top Row: David Hurwich, Ruling Elder at Grace Presbyterian Church of Plano; the Rev. Jim Hawthorne, honorably retired former Interim Pastor at Grace Presbyterian Church of Plano.

Lisa Hancock Authors Lenten Devotional

Lisa Hancock (M.S.M. ’13, M.T.S. ’15, Ph.D. ’21) has published a Lenten Sermon Guide and Toolkit, “Naming Trauma and Practicing Resilient Love,” in partnership with the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund.  The seven-week Lenten series is centered on the trauma experienced from economic hardship, relational wounds, environmental insecurity, and communal divisiveness. Included are resources on understanding trauma and connecting others to behavioral health services in Kansas and Nebraska. “I hope this can be a resource that cultivates compassion, healing and resilience in our churches and communities as we draw closer to God,” Hancock said in a social media post. Download the Sermon Guide and Toolkit here.

Josiah Montgomery at North Central College

The Rev. D. Josiah Montgomery (M.T.S., 2018) joined North Central College as the new assistant director of faith and action on January 24. Previously he served as lead pastor at East Side United Methodist Church (formerly 1st EUB of Chicago) in south Chicago and as assistant conductor for the Chatham Choral Ensemble of Chicago. Prior positions included Organist, ad interim, at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest in Abilene, Texas; organist pro-tempore, at First Baptist Church of Abilene; organist and associate music director at First United Methodist Church of La Grange, Illinois; and associate college organist at Elmhurst College (now Elmhurst University).

Obit: The Rev. Dr. Norman Bouffard

The Rev. Dr. Norman Bouffard (M.Th. ’64 and M.S.T. ‘71) passed away December 23 at the age of 82 in Georgetown, Texas. While in active ministry, he served several churches in the North Texas Conference, but for much of his ministry he was a licensed psychologist serving as a marriage and family therapist and pastoral counselor. He retired from the Pastoral Counseling and Education Center in Dallas in 2004. Memorial services were held February 19 at Christ United Methodist Church in Farmers Branch.