Emma Flores Dickey
BA, Southern Methodist University; MA, Temerlin Advertising Institute of SMU
Painting, sketching, and creative computing
Playing tennis, walking along the Katy Trail, or perusing Dallas “Foodie” blogs
Pepperoni pizza, bruschetta, fajita tacos, Torchy’s Tacos queso, and Whataburger
In charge of logistical support. Prepares and distributes written materials for grant programs. Manages the books and other financial work. Does social and digital media.
Greatness is measured by courage and heart
Director of the Office of External Programs,
SMU Perkins School of Theology
Pastor and Youth Minister for 20+ years in three denominations. Extensive ecumenical work with churches, large and small, in rural, urban and suburban environments
One Area of Expertise:
Strategic Development for Congregational Systems
Writes articles and blogs that connect practical youth ministry with academic scholarship and pop culture. Recently wrote for the Fathom Bible Studies Curriculum, an eighteen-book project (published by Abingdon Press), which offers a deeper dive into key themes and story-lines of the Bible.
Favorite Recent Book:
Configuring Nicodemus: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Complex Characterization, by Michael Whitenton
Day-to-day manager of projects. Crafting, planning and working out details of conferences and meetings. Offering insight into church health.
Research Professor of Practical Theology,
SMU Perkins School of Theology
PhD, University of St. Andrews, Scotland; MDiv, Duke Divinity School; BA, DePauw University
United Methodist pastor who started a youth group in her first pastoral appointment, Chaplain at North Park University, Evangelism professor at Duke Divinity School, Theology and Women’s Studies professor at Seattle Pacific University
30+ articles and six books, including Building the Old Time Religion: Women Evangelists in the Progressive Era (New York University Press, 2014), Models of Evangelism (Baker Academic Press, 2020)
Favorite Free-Time Activities:
Traveling, hiking, and spending time with family and friends
Big picture oversight and insight. Producing resources to support Reboot projects and written work that tells these projects’ stories to a broader public.
Draws Inspiration From:
Pinterest and nature
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Best Youth Group Memory
Every night on mission trip our youth minister would tell us a bedtime story with brown paper bag puppets while we all ate cheese puffs.
One Day Hopes To See
Every U.S. National Park
Preferred Flavor of Ice Cream
Ben & Jerry's Half Baked
Studied Philosophy, Religion, and Spanish at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga
Document translation, administration, and communication
Stephen Bumgarner, Director of Youth Ministries, First United Methodist Church Waxahachie, TX
Joel Eichler, Director of Student Ministries, First United Methodist Church, Prosper, TX
Beth Johnson, Minister to Youth and Families, University Park United Methodist Church, Dallas, TX
Shanterra McBride, Founder and Chief Consultant, Marvelous University, Dallas, TX
Zach Schrick, Director of Youth Ministries, First United Methodist Church, Conway, AR