John Perkins Center

for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development

John Perkins

Founded in 2004, the John Perkins Center is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation of Jackson, Mississippi and Seattle Pacific University. As a center that seeks to live into the legacy of reconciliation and community development from Dr. John Perkins, he has described it as “the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.”

The 2022 Perkins Lecture Series, Living Into the Legacy: Imagine CCDA, will offer a single-day conference April 26 on campus. With the theme “Imagine CCDA,” we will explore what practicing CCD principles within our organizations and communities can accomplish. The JPC is hosting this day of learning in partnership with CCDA PNW Regional Network.

The Perkins Center’s academic partnerships include the Urban Studies minor, Global and Urban Ministry minor, and the annual Perkins Center Prize.

Students learn and practice principles of community development through their experiences with community engagement and transformative partnerships.

John M. Perkins

Meet John. M. Perkins

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