Contact: Roberta Cox, 214-768-2335


September 13, 2004


DALLAS (SMU) – SMU’s Perkins School of Theology announces the appointment of Giovanna Carroll Phillips to the position of coordinator of the Perkins Houston-Galveston Program. In this halftime position, she will be responsible for on-site coordination of the academic and student services for the program, as well as providing administrative support to the theology school’s recruitment and admissions programs.

Phillips can be reached at the new Perkins School of Theology office, located at the United Methodist Texas Annual Conference Center, 5215 Main Street in Houston. Her number is 713-521-9383 ext. 301, and e-mail is Phillips will continue in her current halftime position as coordinator for the Shalom Institute for Mediation and as administrative assistant to Rev. David Meeker-Williams, director of Shalom Zone Ministries in the United Methodist Texas Annual Conference. Phillips has a 1989 bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas Southern University, a 1994 master’s degree in theological understanding from Houston Graduate School of Theology and a 2002 bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Houston. She is married to Carlos R. Phillips, pastor at St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Houston. They have two sons.

The Houston-Galveston program offers area students an opportunity to begin study toward three different master’s degrees in theology. Those preparing for ordained leadership in the church generally seek the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) or Master of Church Ministries (C.M.M.) degrees, while those called to the study of theological disciplines traditionally seek the Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) degree. An internship requirement also may be fulfilled through this program. Students can take up to two-thirds of their degree requirements through this program, completing the remainder in Dallas. Classes meet at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer at Edloe, Houston, TX 77027.
For further information about admission to the Houston-Galveston program, contact the Perkins Office of Admissions at 214/768-2293 or visit the Web site at


Perkins School of Theology is one of five University-related official schools of theology of The United Methodist Church. The school was founded in 1911 by the Methodist Episcopal Church South, now The United Methodist Church. Degree programs include the Master of Church Ministry, Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Music, Master of Theological Studies, and Doctor of Ministry degree, as well as the Ph.D. in cooperation with SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.