About the John Perkins Center at SPU


Founded in 2004, the John Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development at SPU became a first of-its-kind partnership among the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation of Jackson, Mississippi, Seattle Pacific University, and Christian community leaders throughout the Pacific Northwest.


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Students on campusVision

Our vision is to see generations of global urban leaders, organizations, and institutions engaging the culture and changing the world by modeling reconciliation and contributing to community health and wholeness.

Dr. John PerkinsJohn Perkins

Meet the reconciliation advocate and evangelical civil rights leader behind the Perkins Center.

President Philip Eaton A Charge From SPU's Ninth President

Read the charge from then SPU president, Philip W. Eaton.

President Philip Eaton Response on Reconciliation

SPU's Response magazine explores reconciliation and the work of the John Perkins Center in their Winter 2009 issue.

Tali HairstonStaff of the Perkins Center at SPU

Meet the hard-working John Perkins Center staff.


Commitments of the Perkins Center

  • Build bridges, partnerships, and collaborative programs to serve the urban community in Seattle and beyond.
  • Engage and train Christian leaders in the work of reconciliation and community development.
  • Facilitate thoughtful reflection and scholarship nationally on reconciliation and community development.
  • Recruit more students, faculty, and staff of color for the SPU community and continuing to shape our own campus culture to model racial and ethnic reconciliation and community health and wholeness.