New Book

Congratulations to Perkins student Nerissa Grigsby, who published a new book, R.E.B.E.L. Faith 30-Day Devotional: Real, Empowered, Bold, Encouraged, Living in the Word, on December 26. This 30-day devotional aims to encourage readers through good times, challenging them where they are comfortable and motivating them to to achieve all that God has ordained for their lives. The book is available at

Fighting Hunger

The Rev. Dr. Lael Melville, a Perkins alum and current D.Min. student, and her husband are fighting hunger during the pandemic, as co-founders of the Melville Family Foundation. The organization aims to enhance economic stability, food security and academic excellence for children in the southern sector of Dallas. The Foundation is a supporter of the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB). In 2020, NTFB provided more than 118 million meals to North Texans experiencing hunger — a 40 percent increase over 2019, reflecting significant impact that the COVID-19 pandemic had – and continues to have – on food insecurity. Read an interview with Lael on the NTFB website here.