Luke Perkins

Luke Perkins

Admissions Counselor

AA, Journalism/Broadcasting, Northern Essex Community College, 2002; BA, Pastoral Ministries, Columbia International University, 2006; ThM, Pastoral Ministries, Dallas Theological Seminary, 2013

Serving with DTS since: Spring 2011

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Welcome! Thanks for checking out our site! The decision to attend seminary is a huge one and one that should not be made without counting the cost, weighing the options and seriously seeking God’s direction. Beginning this journey was a huge step of faith for my wife and me when we moved here from New Hampshire. I remember when I started the ThM I thought, how will I ever get all of this done? It seemed like so many things had to come together in order for this thing to work. Looking back from where I am now though, 20 credit hours from graduation, I just stand amazed at all the things God has done for us. Not only has he been providing a world class education but he has also generously provided for all of our family’s needs, every step along the way. Has it been easy? No way. Has it really been worth it? A thousand times yes.

I had high expectations when I came to DTS. In Bible College I sat under a couple of professors who came through here and I had never seen anyone handle the word with such skill before. Having been here now for four years, I can say that my expectations really have been met and exceeded.

One of the things I’ve come to appreciate about DTS is its commitment to building me up not only academically but also personally. Right from the start we were placed into a small group of other seminary couples and we walked through those first couple of years of studies together. We had so much fun with that group! Beyond that I’ve been able to sit across the table from professors at local restaurants or in their home and I’ve been tremendously encouraged and challenged as I’ve been able to get to know their stories.

This really is a special place. If God leads you here, you will be blessed and the people God gives you to lead will benefit from your investment. Let me encourage you to not let fear of the unknown keep you from pursuing what He has for you. If God has called you here, He will make it work. Please feel free to give me or any of my coworkers a call if you think DTS may be part of your journey, we’d love to help!

What are your hobbies or outside interests?
I enjoy being outside whether it’s riding a bike, hiking a trail, cruising on a motorcycle, working in the yard or roughing it at a campsite. God has created some beautiful things outdoors and I love discovering them.

What made you decide to go to DTS?
I had a professor in college who sat us down one day in a pastoral ministries class and asked us to call out random chapters from random books of the Bible. We did, and each time he was able to give us a basic synopsis of what was going on in that part of scripture…from memory. After a few minutes he said “Men that is what Dallas Seminary will do for you.” From that moment I knew that if seminary was in my future, I’d really like for it to be at DTS.

What do you do on your day off?
We start with a trip to Starbucks and I catch up on some of the personal email I’ve been neglecting all week. After that we get stuff done around the house and hopefully finish the day off with some ice cream and Netflix.

What are your favorite foods?
I love Haitian food. I think I could eat diri ak pwa and sos pwa every day of the week.

What is your favorite television show of all time?
Hard to name one. I like 24, Prisonbreak, West Wing and Lost.

What is the best part about working in the DTS admissions office?
One of the best parts of my job is getting to know you and hearing about how God is leading you in your life. I love meeting and praying with prospective students as they prepare to pursue God’s call on their life.

What is your favorite piece of literature?
I don’t think I have one favorite. I love history. Recently I enjoyed Written in Blood: The Story of the Haitian People.

What is your favorite quote?
I love what Jim Elliot said: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”

What is your favorite musical artist/group/genre of music?
I saw Johnny Cash perform with his wife and son when I was a kid and I’ve been a fan ever since. I also love the sounds of Haitian kompas. It’s the kind of stuff where even if you can’t dance, you can’t help but move.

Who is the person you admire most and why?
For my entire life my Dad has consistently demonstrated what it means to be a Christian by the way he’s lived his life. He’s a rock solid man who loves Jesus. If I can be half the man he is, I’ll be doing ok.

Who is your favorite Bible character and why?
I admire Joshua and Caleb who did not back down from what God called them to when faced with less than favorable circumstances.

If you could have superhero powers, what would they be?
I think being able to fly would be really cool. At this point though I’d be happy with the ability to read books, comprehend information and distill it into a paper in lightning fast speed.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Somewhere on the southern coast of Haiti with a couple of jetskis at the dock and a coral reef just off the shore.