About the Center: Our Vision

SPU StudentsOur 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.

Life and Leadership


The life and leadership of Dr. John Perkins has influenced many to have an enduring hope and vision for transformed communities. In this vision we are encouraged to cross ethnic, racial, and socio-economic boundaries, share in each other’s story, and bear one another’s burdens. In the midst of diversity and ecumenism, we become aware of differences and how they offer an opportunity for the message of reconciliation to be lived in new and exciting ways.

Sharing in His Legacy


John Perkins in Gwinn Commons on SPU campusThrough the commitments of the John Perkins Center, SPU joins those leaders and organizations in our city, nation, and world seeking to honor God’s creative diversity and model reconciliation. The John Perkins Center was created to institutionalize Seattle Pacific’s desire to always learn from and share with others the life and legacy of Dr. John M. Perkins. We believe his life story, principles of community development, and ministry of reconciliation can help many participate and contribute to the health and wholeness of our campus, city, and world.


Find more stories about reconciliation and the John Perkins Center through an edition of SPU's Response Magazine.

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