December 2019

Office of Enrollment Management: Now More Than Ever

The Rev. Dr. Margot Perez-Greene, Ph.D. Associate Dean of Enrollment Management No one knows about the Perkins student experience more than our own alumni. As a graduate of Perkins, you’ve learned firsthand how this community helps students change and be changed and encourages them to find their purpose. Throughout the country, graduates like you are leaders in the field of vocational ministry and serving in a variety of settings from nonprofit agencies, hospitals, churches, colleges and universities. The [...]

2019-12-02T20:55:25+00:00 December 2, 2019|

Office of Development

Each year, Perkins has a number of special events that raise awareness and money for specific needs. The Perkins Scholarship Luncheon is held each February to raise money for student scholarships. This year’s luncheon will feature New York Times columnist and best-selling author David Brooks, whose remarks will relate to his most recent book, The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life. A few table sponsorships remain. Check with me ( and I will direct you to the [...]

2019-12-02T20:55:31+00:00 December 2, 2019|
  • The 2019 Fall Convocation keynote speakers. From left to right, Célestin Musekura, Rick Steves, and Samira Izadi Page. Photo by K. Gaddis, SMU Photography.

Fall Convocation

With travel writer Rick Steves headlining, this year’s Fall Convocation offered a truly international experience. Attendees heard keynote speakers from three different continents, praise music in 17 different languages and human stories of hope and struggle from around the world. “I felt like the globe came to Perkins,” said Priscilla Pope-Levison, Associate Dean for External Affairs and coordinator of the event. “It all came together in the best possible way.” Some 150 people attended the convocation, “Mission Quest: Finding [...]

2019-12-02T20:55:39+00:00 December 2, 2019|

Retracing Paul’s Steps

Perkins Dean Craig Hill and his wife, Robin Hill. After his conversion, the apostle Paul traveled more than 10,000 miles proclaiming the Gospel, journeying via Roman roads and by sea, through present-day Israel, Syria, Turkey and Greece. In recent months, two faculty members have taken to the road – both retracing portions of Paul’s travels (and likely a bit more comfortably!) Craig C. Hill, Dean and Professor of New Testament at Perkins, led a group of laypeople [...]

2019-12-02T20:55:54+00:00 December 2, 2019|

Advent Worship 60th Anniversary

Every year since 1959, members of the Perkins School of Theology community have gathered for Advent worship. That’ll happen again this year on Thursday, December 5, but with one key change: There will be just one service, at 6 p.m., rather than two services as in the past. “People’s schedules are very different than they were in 1959,” said Marcell Silva Steuernagel, Assistant Professor of Church Music and Director of the Sacred Music Program at Perkins. “The 6 p.m. [...]

2019-12-02T20:56:07+00:00 December 2, 2019|

Distinguished Alumna: Reverend Katherine Glaze Lyle

Watch a full video of the 2019 Perkins Distinguished Alumna Award Banquet here. The Reverend Katherine Glaze Lyle was honored at a banquet on November 12 as the recipient of the 2019 Perkins Distinguished Alumnus/a Award. Selected by the Perkins Alumni/ae Council, the award recognizes Perkins graduates who have demonstrated effectiveness and integrity in service to the church, continuing support for the goals of Perkins and Southern Methodist University, outstanding service to the community and exemplary character. “Katherine’s extensive [...]

2019-12-04T16:10:57+00:00 December 2, 2019|

Faculty Profile: Jack Levison

If you’ve written a couple of popular books about the Holy Spirit, sooner or later you’ll get pressed into service by local churches. That’s where you’ll find Jack Levison many Sunday mornings: teaching in a church in the North Texas area or beyond. In recent months, he has completed a four-week series at First United Methodist in Richardson and led a church retreat at FUMC in Missouri City, Texas. Last summer, he led a program on the Holy Spirit [...]

2019-12-02T20:56:21+00:00 December 2, 2019|

Student Profile: Nerissa Grigsby

Perkins is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, but it has proven a good home for Nerissa Grigsby, a fourth-generation Baptist preacher. “My grandparents were both pastors at Love Hope Baptist in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, and my father is the pastor of my home church, Central Baptist Church in Pittsburgh,” she said. In addition, her uncle is pastor of Enon Tabernacle Baptist, the largest megachurch in Philadelphia. One of seven children, Grigsby grew up in the church and [...]

2019-12-02T20:56:28+00:00 December 2, 2019|

Faculty Updates

Hal Recinos Harold J. Recinos, Professor of Church and Society, represented Perkins well at the 2019 SMU Strongman weightlifting competition on November 14, placing 6th overall. Last year, he finished in 10th place overall. “I increased my training over the last few months and was able to move a lot more weight this year,” Recinos said. “I will be back next year and try to lift even heavier and get on the podium!” Spanish Language Premiere A Spanish-language version [...]

2019-12-02T20:56:35+00:00 December 2, 2019|

Alumni/ae Update

Harvey Elected COB President Photo courtesy of Council of Bishops. Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey (M.Div. ’99) has been elected president of the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church. Harvey, who is area bishop of the Louisiana Conference, was elected at the bishops’ meeting at Lake Junaluska Assembly on Nov. 6. Harvey was the recipient of the 2018 Perkins School of Theology Distinguished Alumnus/a Award and one of the first graduates of Perkins’ Houston-Galveston Extension Program. [...]

2019-12-02T20:56:41+00:00 December 2, 2019|
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