Perkins School of Theology Adds Livestreamed Chapel Worship Services


Click here for the Order of Worship: Sending Forth Service, Dr. Abraham Smith preaching, May 5, 2022, 11:30 a.m. (Central)

DALLAS (SMU) – Perkins School of Theology will livestream five midday chapel worship services during the Spring 2022 semester, allowing more members of the Perkins community to join remotely via the YouTube Channel. The livestream series begins on January 19.

The new livestream format will help connect all Perkins students, in Dallas as well as those who are part of the Houston-Galveston Extension program.  Dallas-based Perkins students may join the services in person or virtually; Houston-Galveston students as well as alumni/ae and friends of Perkins may join virtually.

Typically, members of the Perkins community meet for worship on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. in Perkins Chapel on the SMU campus in Dallas. During the pandemic, when classes met online, weekly worship was offered via Zoom. Many students and faculty noted the advantage of having Houston-Galveston students, as well as other Perkins community members, join from far and wide. Chapel worship services resumed in person when students returned to campus in the fall of 2021. 

“Worship is an integral part of the Perkins experience,” said Perkins Dean Craig Hill. “These services provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff to share in the rich diversity of worship experiences and traditions represented in the School of Theology community.”

The Rev. Dr. Mark W. Stamm, professor of Christian Worship and Chapel Elder, oversees the worship schedule, working in concert with the Perkins Worship Committee. 

The series may be accessed at

The Spring 2022 services scheduled for livestreaming include:

Wednesday, January 19, 11:30 a.m.

Service of Word and Table led by Chapel Elder Dr. Mark Stamm.

Dr. Roy Heller, Professor of Old Testament, preaching.


Wednesday, February 2, 11:30 a.m.

Marking the beginning of Black History Month and led by the Perkins Black Seminarians Association.

Dr. Abraham Smith, Professor of New Testament, preaching.

Wednesday, March 2, 12 p.m.

University-wide Ash Wednesday Service.

Wednesday, March 23, 11:30 a.m.

Lenten Commemoration of St. Oscar Romero.

Led by Dr. Harold Recinos, Professor of Church and Society.

Thursday, May 5, 11:30 a.m.

Service of Sending Forth, Word and Table

Preacher to be announced.


In addition, six Community Worship services for Dallas and Houston-Galveston students, with Perkins faculty and staff, will be held via Zoom during the semester.


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 as well as the Ph.D., in cooperation with The Graduate Program in Religious Studies at SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.