Baptist House of Studies

Baptist House of Studies


The Baptist House of Studies at Perkins School of Theology is an intellectual and community home for Baptists in Texas, the southwestern United States, and beyond. The Baptist House of Studies helps prepare students for service and ordination within the Baptist community and polity through education and formation.



  • Courses on Baptist history and polity
  • Integration of Baptist authors and perspectives into existing Perkins courses
  • Creative internships in churches, hospitals and nonprofit organizations
  • Spiritual formation
  • Professional development and mentoring
  • Ordination preparation
  • Connections to a variety of Baptist churches, denominations, agencies and institutions
  • Special programming


Dr. Clark-Soles


Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles

Professor of New Testament and Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor at Perkins School of Theology

An ordained American Baptist minister, Dr. Clark-Soles received her B.A. from Stetson University where she focused on both Philosophy and Russian Studies. She earned her M.Div. from Yale Divinity School and her Ph.D. in New Testament from Yale University.


Her particular areas of expertise and publication include:

•  The Johannine literature (the Gospel of John; 1, 2, and 3 John; and Revelation) •  Evil, Suffering, Death, and Afterlife •  Disability Studies and the Bible •  Women in the Bible •  Immersion trips to Israel and Palestine


“With the Baptist House of Studies, students enjoy the rich combination of a stellar ecumenical education along with spiritual and professional formation that is distinctively Baptist. What’s more, they get all of the advantages that come with the larger Southern Methodist University setting, including the Cox School of Business, the Meadows School of the Arts, the Law School, and the Simmons School of Education. Situated in the Metroplex, Perkins School of Theology has vital relationships with churches, hospitals and nonprofit agencies that afford unparalleled opportunities for our students. The possibilities for creative internships, course offerings, and interaction with vibrant leaders are boundless. In Matthew 13:52, Jesus says: ‘Therefore, every legal expert who has been trained as a disciple for the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings old and new things out of their treasure chest.’ Join us as we treasure the old and follow the Holy Spirit into new ways of being Baptist for the sake of this world that God loves so dearly and completely!"



The primary mission of Perkins School of Theology, as a community devoted to theological study and teaching in the service of the church of Jesus Christ, is to prepare women and men for faithful leadership in Christian ministry.

Perkins School of Theology affirms its relationships to the community of learning that is Southern Methodist University, to the universal church (inclusive, ecumenical and global), The United Methodist Church specifically, and to its particular geographical and cultural setting in the southwestern United States.

These relationships are a source of strength and avenues of service for the school as it pursues its twin tasks of theological reflection and theological education to the glory of God.

More information for prospective students can be found here.



For more information about the Baptist House of Studies at Perkins School of Theology, contact:
Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles



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