Dr. Greg Perry, associate professor of New Testament and director of the City Ministry Initiative at Covenant Seminary, has accepted the post of vice president for strategic projects with Third Millennium Ministries, based in Orlando, Florida, effective July 1, 2017. In this role, he will seek creative ways to advance Third Millennium’s mission of developing, producing, and distributing free theological training resources for Christian leaders around the world, especially those with limited access to such resources. A member of Third Millennium’s board of directors since 1998, Dr. Perry also serves as a faculty advisor for the organization.
Dr. Perry came to Covenant Seminary in 2003, after more than ten years of ministry in local churches and on the mission field. He worked with small groups, pastoral care, and ministry to single adults while on pastoral staffs in Atlanta, Georgia, and Arlington, Virginia, and was a visiting instructor at Reformed Theological Seminary’s Orlando, Florida, and Charlotte, North Carolina, campuses. He also taught at the Presbyterian Theological Centre (now Christ College) in Sydney, Australia, where he chaired a task force to assess and support Australian church planters. Dr. Perry has been involved with several nonprofit ministries seeking to embody the gospel while addressing social challenges in innovative ways.
That same heart for creative cultural applications of the gospel has marked Dr. Perry’s years at Covenant. In addition to New Testament courses, he has taught on world missions and on diaconal and intercultural ministries, expanding students’ understanding of and participation in these vital areas of ministry. His oversight of the Seminary’s online resources and distance education programs in the mid-2000s helped shape Covenant’s plans for the future of those efforts. Since 2010, he has served on the board of Presbyterian Mission International (PMI), which provides guidance and support to 20 international student graduates of Covenant Seminary who now serve ministries in their home countries. Particularly impactful has been Dr. Perry’s leadership of the City Ministry Initiative (CMI). Through courses, seminars, strategic partnerships with area churches and ministry organizations, and hands-on ministry opportunities for students, CMI has been instrumental in helping students reflect on and engage meaningfully with the unique challenges of ministry in today’s multi-ethnic and multi-cultural city contexts.
Covenant Seminary President Dr. Mark Dalbey commented, “We are tremendously thankful for the contribution Greg has made here during the past fourteen years. Through his classroom teaching and his work forming and directing our City Ministry Initiative, he has kept in front of us God’s heart for taking theological education to all peoples. While we are sad to lose his presence here, we are thrilled at the chance he has to work with Third Millennium Ministries in taking theological education to underserved peoples. We pray God’s every blessing on his new role.”
Dr. Dalbey noted that the valuable work Dr. Perry started will continue as the Seminary seeks to expand the role of CMI in the near future. The search for a new CMI director, and to fill the teaching position Dr. Perry leaves behind, will take place soon.
About his transition, Dr. Perry said, “My wife, Darlene, and I are so thankful for God’s work in and through the Covenant Seminary community. We are grateful to have been part of that, and are excited by the Seminary’s expanding partnerships that will provide further opportunities for gospel growth. As we answer God’s call to serve our under-resourced Christian brothers and sisters in new ways, we trust that we will continue to support one another and partner together as we disciple the nations. Please keep us in your prayers for the work of the Kingdom.”