Perkins School of Theology

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Perkins School of Theology
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Type Private
Parent institution
Southern Methodist University
Affiliation United Methodist Church (since 1939)
Formerly Methodist Episcopal Church
Dean William B. Lawrence
Location Dallas, Texas, United States

Perkins School of Theology is one of Southern Methodist University's three original schools and is located in Dallas, Texas. The theology school was renamed in 1945 to honor benefactors Joe J. and Lois Craddock Perkins of Wichita Falls, Texas. It offers Master's degrees in divinity, theological studies, church ministries, sacred music, and religious studies, and doctoral degrees in ministry and religious studies. It is one of five university-related theological institutions of The United Methodist Church, offering opportunities for interdisciplinary learning, and accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).


The Bridwell Library is one of the leading theological research collections in the United States. It is named for its benefactor Joseph Sterling Bridwell, an oilman and rancher who was a neighbor of the Perkinses in Wichita Falls.[1]


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

Specialized Study[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

Emeritus and deceased faculty members[edit]

Present and former Bishops-in-Residence[edit]


  1. ^ "Bridwell Library". Retrieved April 30, 2013. 

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