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July 19, 2006

Perkins Theology Announces Staff Transitions

Dallas, Texas — Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology announces the following staff transitions effective September 1, 2006.

The Rev. Jeannie Treviņo-Teddlie has been named director of the United Methodist Regional Course of Study for Local Pastors at Perkins School of Theology. She will also retain responsibilities as the director of the Mexican American Program, a position she has held for four years. She has also served as co-director of the Course of Study. Treviņo-Teddlie joined the staff of Perkins in 2002, following more than eight years of service as a United Methodist missionary under the National Plan for Hispanic Ministry assigned to the Commission on Church Growth and Development of the Central Texas Annual (Regional) Conference.

“Jeannie brings to this new assignment not only the experience that she has had as co-director of the Course of Study but also her exceptional commitment to The United Methodist Church's programs of preparing persons for pastoral ministry,” said Dean William B. Lawrence. “The combination of her continuing leadership of the Mexican American Program and her directing the Course of Study will keep both forms of Perkins's service to the church at the forefront of our mission.”

The Course of Study School is a program of The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church, which provides basic theological education, prescribed by the church’s Book of Discipline, to licensed local pastors who choose not to enroll in a graduate-level seminary degree program for their theological studies. Perkins School of Theology is one of eight regional sites offering the Basic Course of Study (a five-year curriculum) in English and one of three regional sites offering it in Spanish.

Treviņo-Teddlie is an ordained deacon in full connection in The United Methodist Church and a member of the Central Texas Conference.

The Rev. Gary B. MacDonald has been named director of Advanced Ministerial Studies with responsibility for the management and development of the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program. He will also retain responsibilities for Perkins School of Theology’s continuing theological education programs for clergy, church professionals and laity. This includes United Methodist certification programs for Christian educators, church musicians and youth ministers, and the annual Ministers Week and Perkins Theological School for the Laity.

“Gary has provided distinguished service in leading our many programs of continuing education for clergy and laity. As director of the Doctor of Ministry program, he brings superior administrative skills, extensive pastoral experience, and appreciation for the kind of academic excellence that all of our degree programs offer to our students,” said Lawrence. “The D.Min. program at Perkins will thrive under his leadership.”

MacDonald most recently served as director of Continuing Education and co-director of the United Methodist Regional Course of Study School for licensed local pastors. He previously served as director of Public Affairs at Perkins. MacDonald joined the staff of Perkins in 1998, following service as a pastor in the United Methodist New England Annual (regional) Conference, where he is an ordained elder. He is currently a candidate for the Ph.D. at Southern Methodist University, studying religious ethics. The Doctor of Ministry degree is designed for practicing pastors to advance ministerial expertise through integration of ministry with theological disciplines, as well as the development of skills for effective pastoral leadership. Perkins currently offers doctoral concentrations in parish leadership, urban ministry, evangelism and spiritual formation.

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.