The Reverend Lisa Garvin

 

Chaplain and Minister to the University
garvinl@smu.edu


The Reverend Lisa Garvin is SMU's Chaplain and Minister to the University. As Chaplain, she leads religious and spiritual life on campus and serves on the Student Affairs Vice-President Leadership Team. With the staff of the Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life, and the Center for Faith and Learning, she provides ethical leadership to the SMU community, cultivates multi-religious community, and mentors students in integrating faith and learning.

Lisa is an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church and connects the church to the world through ministries of justice and compassion. She seeks to create space for authenticity and exploration – where students, faculty, and staff come together for sacred encounters that nourish the soul and inspire faithful engagement in the world.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in European Studies from Millsaps College, a Master of Divinity from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, and a Juris Masters in Human Rights from Emory School of Law.

Prior to her appointment at SMU in October 2020, she served as the associate dean of the chapel and religious life at Emory University for eight years, college chaplain at Millsaps College for three years and held two appointments on the staff of the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Lisa serves on the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Church and Society. She previously served on the Board of Trustees at Millsaps College, the Georgia Prison Ministry Board, and the local advisory board for AID Atlanta.



The Reverend Dr. Veronica Davis

 

Associate Chaplain to the University
vdavis@smu.edu


The Reverend Dr. Veronica (Roni) Davis received both her undergraduate and master’s degrees from SMU. She completed her B.A. in Political Science and her B.B.A in Business Management in 2010 and received her M.Div. from Perkins School of Theology in 2015. She recently finished her Ph.D in Educational Leadership and Policy Development from the University of Texas Arlington in the summer of 2019.

Veronica has been an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God, USA since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys walking her dogs, having coffee with friends, and gardening.


Sungman (Tyler) Kim, M. Ed.

 

Program Coordinator
sungmank@smu.edu


Sungman (Tyler) Kim, received his M.Ed in Higher Education Policy and Leadership in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development in the summer of 2018 and is excited to be able to continue to work in the lovely campus of SMU.

Tyler grew up as a missionary kid living in the Philippines for over 18 years and went back to his home country South Korea to get his bachelors degree in political science from Sogang University. Personally, Tyler identifies as a, 'Third Culture Kid,' and is passionate about reaching out to other TCKs.

 

Rabbi Heidi Coretz

Jewish Chaplain to the University
hcoretz@smu.edu


Rabbi Heidi Coretz grew up in South Florida and graduated from the University of Florida with a major in Jewish Studies. During her college years, she was an active leader in Hillel and was inspired to pursue the rabbinate. Upon graduation, she began her studies at the Reform Rabbinic Seminary, Hebrew Union College and was ordained as a rabbi in 1995. Heidi has served congregations in Tulsa, Lubbock, Arlington, Longview and Frisco.

Since 2004, she has been the Director of Hillel, the Jewish campus ministry at SMU. Along with her work building Jewish life, she has been active in the broader SMU community, working on many interfaith endeavors and partnering with organizations across lines of difference. Heidi, her husband, Alan, and their daughter, Hannah, enjoy travel, the arts, as well as working to build sacred community and make a difference.

 

Imam Dr. Bilal Sert

Muslim Chaplain to the University
bsert@smu.edu


Imam Dr. Bilal Sert received his doctoral degree from Texas Woman's University in Sociology. His research interests include race, ethnicity, international migration, Muslims in the West, immigrant communities of the US, and identity issues for Muslim youth in the US. Parts of his academic work resulted in a book entitled Turkish Immigrants in the Mainstream of American Life: Theories of International Migration that he published in 2018. He has also authored several book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on international migration, migrant’s adaptation, and sociology of terrorism.

Dr. Sert has an extensive experience in teaching at various institutions and colleges and presented at conferences and seminars. He taught sociology courses at Texas Woman’s University, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, and Prairie View A&M University.

Southern Methodist University has a relationship with The United Methodist Church, expressed through organizational features like trustee board membership. Perkins School of Theology is recognized as one of the official schools by The United Methodist Church. The senior chaplain position in the Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life is held by a United Methodist minister. Beyond these formal features, United Methodist teachings and values support excellence in student experience, even though no one is required to agree with any particular stand that The United Methodist Church takes. 

The values of the United Methodist Church are Wholeness, Purpose, Integrity, Growth, Discipline, Faithfulness, Trust, Joy, and Love/Acceptance. All of the programming of this office expresses one of these 9 values.

For more information about these values, please click here.

Faculty/Staff Bible Study

Each semester, a group of Christian faculty and staff across campus gather to discuss different books of the Bible.
The meet every other Thursday for the study and on the alternating Fridays, they gather for prayer.
For more information on how to connect, please email either Dr. Stigler (bstigler@smu.edu), Dr. Wilson (jmwilson@smu.edu), or Angela Jones (arjones@smu.edu).

Fondren Multi-Faith Prayer Room

The Fondren Multi-Faith Prayer room is located on the 4th floor of Fondren Library (Red).
It is open to all faiths and is open as long as the library is open.
Please wait while the room is occupied and place your shoes on the foot-stand outside.

Muslim Prayer Room

The Muslim Prayer Room is located in the 2nd floor of Hughes-Trigg Student Center, near the service elevators.
Two Ablution rooms are located nearby as well.

Jummah Prayer

Jummah prayer is held in Harold Clark Simmons Hall, Room 101D at 2pm on Fridays.

Shabbat Dinners

If you are interested in attending Friday Shabbat dinners, please contact Rabbi Heidi Coretz at hcoretz@smu.edu.

Wednesday Worship

Looking for a place for reflection and a break from the busyness of campus?
Come to Wednesday Worship, a weekly interdenominational service during the noon hour.
Open to all students, faculty, and staff.

Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life

Location

2nd Floor of Hughes-Trigg Student Center, Suite 208

Office Hours

Monday-Friday
8:30am-5:00pm

Email

Lisa Garvin, Chaplain and Minister
garvinl@smu.edu
214-768-4507

Veronica Davis, Associate Chaplain
vdavis@smu.edu
214-768-4503

Sungman (Tyler) Kim, Program Coordinator
sungmank@smu.edu
214-768-4505

Heidi Coretz, Jewish Chaplain
hcoretz@smu.edu
214-768-4508

Bilal Sert, Muslim Chaplain
bsert@smu.edu
214-768-4509

chaplain@smu.edu, Main

Phone

214-768-4502

Physical Address

Hughes-Trigg Student Center
3140 Dyer Street, Suite 208
Dallas, TX 75205

Mailing Address

Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life
SMU PO Box 750282
Dallas, TX 75275

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