March 2022

Letter from the Dean

In this issue of Perspective, we celebrate the remarkable gift of the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation to encourage the work of the Baptist House of Studies, providing substantial scholarships for students from Baptist and Free Church traditions. Our entire school is lifted by this generosity, not just the Baptist students among us. This gift, and its hoped-for outcome, prompt reflection on the importance of personal connections that cross denominational lines. “To know only one thing is to [...]

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Office of Enrollment Management Update: March 2022

Update on the Financial Literacy Program (FLP) at Perkins By The Rev. Margot Perez-Greene, PhD Associate Dean of Enrollment Management Since 2016, Perkins has had the generous support of the Lilly Endowment, Inc., to implement goals stated in the Economic Challenges Facing Future Ministers (ECFFM) sustainability grant. The late Rev. Bill Bryan, a Perkins faculty member and alum, was the original grant writer. It has been our privilege to take the baton from him and build upon the vision [...]

2022-03-02T16:18:22+00:00 March 2, 2022|

Foundation Grant

Perkins' Baptist House of Studies has been awarded a $2.7 million three-year grant from the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation, a Texas-based foundation committed to supporting the work of faith-based, nonprofit organizations. The grant will fund approximately 10 full-time Baptist students—enrolled in Perkins Masters, Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Pastoral Music degree programs—as BaughScholars.  In addition to covering full tuition and fees, the fund will provide emergency aid for students enrolled in the program. Founded in 2019, [...]

2022-03-02T16:18:53+00:00 March 2, 2022|

Perkins Development Office Gears Up for Key Fundraising Events

Perkins’ Development Office is gearing up for two key fundraising events taking place in March: the Bolin Family Perkins Scholarship Luncheon on March 17 and SMU Giving Day on March 22. Bolin Family Perkins Scholarship Luncheon: March 17 The Rev. Dr. Richie Butler will keynote the luncheon, which takes place at noon in the Martha Proctor Mack Ballroom at SMU.  A video tribute to the Rev. Dr. Zan Holmes and a presentation on the Black/Africana Church Studies Program (BACS) [...]

2022-03-02T16:19:03+00:00 March 2, 2022|

Q&A with Perkins Summit for Faith and Learning Keynote Speaker Angela Gorrell

After a series of losses, Dr. Angela Williams Gorrell discovered true joy in an unexpected place: a Bible study for a group of incarcerated women. Gorrell, the author of The Gravity of Joy: A Story of Being Lost and Found, will share her insights in the keynote lecture at the upcoming Perkins Summit for Faith and Learning, March 25-26 at the Dallas campus of Perkins.  She will also teach two half-day courses during the event. Gorrell joined Baylor's George [...]

2022-03-02T16:19:11+00:00 March 2, 2022|

Video Message from the Dean

In this video message, Craig Hill, Dean of Perkins School of Theology, discusses the importance of developing deep Christian character as part of a seminary education. A student might graduate at the top of their class, he says, but still fail in ministry for lack of character. By interacting with fellow students and professors from different Christian traditions, learn to disagree and dialogue respectfully.  That’s good preparation. “Sooner or later will end up in a ministry setting in which [...]

2022-03-02T16:19:23+00:00 March 2, 2022|

Student Spotlight: Laura Byrd

The story of Laura Byrd’s calling begins with the kind of unexpected and crushing loss that would lead some to question their faith. In Byrd’s case, however, that loss ultimately brought her to Perkins, where’s she’s now a third year M.Div. student. In 2016, she and her husband James “J.R.” Byrd were both hired, together, at First United Methodist Church of Denton, as Co-Worship Leaders for the congregation’s Mosaic Worship. “This had been our dream – to serve together [...]

2022-03-02T16:19:34+00:00 March 2, 2022|

Alumnus Profile: Zach Light-Wells

A serendipitous stroll on campus led Zach Light-Wells to Perkins’ M.S.M. program. In retrospect, he landed exactly where he needed to be. In 2016, Light-Wells had recently moved to Dallas to serve as associate director of music at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church. At the time, he was just beginning to consider furthering his education. On a whim, he came to the SMU campus and walked around. In front of the Kirby Building, he met Dr. Bill Bryan, then associate [...]

2022-03-02T16:19:48+00:00 March 2, 2022|

Faculty Updates: March 2022

Spring Lecture Dr. Sze-kar Wan will present the 2022 Spring Lecture at The Paul C. Hiebert Center for World Christianity and Global Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School at Trinity International University (TIU) in Deerfield, Ill. The lecture, “God or Political Power? Hong Kong and Chinese Christians in Dialogue with American Evangelicals,” will be presented Tuesday, March 15 at 3 p.m. on the campus of TIU. Wan, professor of New Testament at Perkins, will examine how Hong Kong and [...]

2022-03-02T16:19:54+00:00 March 2, 2022|

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. [...]

2022-03-02T16:20:03+00:00 March 2, 2022|