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October 10, 2001


SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio residents seeking to pursue the ministry will soon be able to begin seminary graduate studies at University United Methodist Church in San Antonio through Dallas-based Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology.

The start of the San Antonio Area Program, “Perkins Southwest,” was announced today in a meeting with members of the San Antonio Area of The United Methodist Church, which includes its Southwest Texas and Rio Grande Annual (Regional) Conferences. The program will begin offering courses toward the Master of Divinity and Master of Church Ministries degrees in August 2002.

In partnership with the San Antonio Area of The United Methodist Church, the Perkins Southwest program seeks an initial enrollment of 30 students. Students may take one or two three-hour courses, with classes meeting in the late afternoon or evening hours. Students taking two classes will normally be able to take both on the same day of the week. The courses may apply to the United Methodist Church’s Basic Graduate Theological Studies Program, as well as the degree programs.

"The goal of the San Antonio Area Program is to begin to equip more people in this region of Texas for leadership in Christian ministry,” said Robin W. Lovin, dean of Perkins School of Theology and SMU's Cary M. Maguire Professor of Ethics. “This provides a quality theological education that is flexible and convenient for students who want to begin their studies with minimal disruption to their home life and work.”

Interested students should apply by Feb. 1, 2002 for priority consideration for admission and financial aid. Applications and additional information about the Master of Divinity and Master of Church Ministries degree programs, as well as Perkins Financial Aid program, may be obtained by calling the Perkins Office of Admission at 888-THEOLOGY (888-843-6564), by e-mail at or by visiting the school’s website at