– Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño of the California-Pacific Conference of The United Methodist Church is returning to Perkins School of Theology on Wednesday, Sept. 30, as she presides over worship service in Perkins Chapel.
A native of Edinburg, Texas, Bishop Carcaño received her Master of Theology from Perkins in 1979 and was named the school’s Distinguished Alumna recipient in 2011. She has served as a pastor in communities in Texas, California and New Mexico and also has served as a district superintendent in the West Texas and New Mexico area as well as in the greater Portland, Oregon area.
Bishop Carcaño is a well-known expert on the topic of immigration reform. She continues to help lead the Interagency Task Force on Immigration for The United Methodist Church and is a lead spokesperson on matters of immigration reform for the Council of Bishops. In 2013, she was one among 14 religious leaders who were invited to the White House by President Barack Obama to consult with him about immigration reform.
In 2004, Bishop Carcaño became the first Hispanic woman to be elected to the episcopacy of The United Methodist Church. She also led the Mexican American Program at Perkins School of Theology – now known as the Mexican American and Hispanic-Latino/a Church Ministry Program – as director from 1996-2001.
Perkins Chapel hosts worship services twice weekly, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and all are welcome to attend.
Perkins School of Theology, founded in 1911, is one of five official University-related schools of theology of The United Methodist Church. Degree programs include the Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Music, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Ministry, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Pastoral Music (June 2016) as well as the Ph.D., in cooperation with The Graduate Program in Religious Studies at SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.