George Mason’s Final Sermon

More than a thousand people packed the pews on May 1 to hear the Rev. Dr. George Mason preach his last sermon at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas. “I want to thank the community for their generosity towards me over more than three decades,” said Mason, who has served as senior pastor since 1989. Mason has built bridges of inclusion, welcoming LGBTQ individuals and offering full membership to people baptized in other Christian traditions. Mason’s last official day is Aug. 31, 2022. Mason is lead advisor of the Perkins’ Baptist House of Studies Board of Visitors and teaches in the program. He plans to continue teaching and to continue his work in Faith Commons, a nonprofit organization he founded. He is also a member of the Perkins Executive Board. Watch the NBC-DFW news report here.

McKenzie speaks at Aquinas Commencement

The Rev. Dr. Alyce McKenzie was the May 13, 2022 Commencement Speaker at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Mo. In addition, Aquinas conferred on her the degree, Doctorate of Theology, Honoris Causa, in recognition of her contributions to the field of homiletics through her teaching, preaching and writing. McKenzie is the Le Van Professor of Preaching and Worship and Director of the Center for Preaching Excellence at Perkins.  Read the announcement here.