The Rev. Nandra Perry, Ph.D, joined the seminary’s staff and faculty as Assistant Director of the Iona Center (iona.ssw.edu) on June 1, 2020. Perry serves as Vicar of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Hearne, Texas (since 2017), and is currently a Mentor in the seminary’s Thriving in Bi-Vocational Ministry continuing education and mentoring program. She is a graduate of the Iona School for Ministry in the Diocese of Texas and was ordained to the priesthood in 2017. Perry received her Ph.D. in Renaissance Literature and Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in 2003. Among her many published works is Imitatio Christi: The Poetics of Piety in Early Modern England (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2014). She comes to the seminary from Texas A&M University, where she was an Associate Professor in the Department of English and a faculty affiliate in Religious Studies.