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Methodist Bishops' Collection

Perkins School of Theology is one of Southern Methodist University's three original schools. The theology school was renamed in 1945 to honor benefactors Joe J. and Lois Craddock Perkins of Wichita Falls, Texas.

Areas of Study: Perkins offers Master's degrees in divinity, theological studies, church ministries, sacred music, and religious studies, and doctoral degrees in ministry and religious studies.

Affiliation: Perkins is one of five university-related theological institutions of The United Methodist Church, offering opportunities for interdisciplinary learning.



Perkins devotes four faculty members to full-time direction of the Intern Program.

Specialized Study

  • The Mexican-American Program is a national training center for students planning to minister in the Spanish-speaking context and culture.
  • Perkins School of theology also offers an Anglican Certificate for students seeking holy orders in the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas.


The Bridwell Library houses a religious studies research collection of more than 385,000 volumes and outstanding rare book, Bible, and manuscript collections.

Notable Alumni/ae

Notable faculty

  • Ruben Habito, Professor of World Religions and Spirituality
  • John C. Holbert, Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics
  • Bruce D. Marshall, Lehman Professor of Christian Doctrine
  • Marjorie Procter-Smith, LeVan Professor of Preaching and Worship

Emeritus and Deceased Faculty Members

Present and Former Bishops-in-Residence


External links

  • Perkins School of Theology
  • Mexican American Program at Perkins School of Theology

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