THE PERCY INSTITUTE
AtÂ FirstÂ United Methodist Church we believe that religious education should provide opportunities to explore scripture, tradition, reason, and experience for all ages and stages of spiritual development.Â The Percy Institute for Christian StudiesÂ is an annual opportunity to explore Christian understanding and growth.
William Percy was an active member ofÂ FirstUnited Methodist Church from 1960 to 1972, having served as a lay leader, a Sunday School teacher, and a delegate to the Annual Conference. Even though he and his wife, Marie, and their four sons lived the next 20 years in Mobile, Alabama, Mr. Percy never lost his love forÂ FirstÂ United Methodist Church ofÂ Pensacola.Â After his death in 1992, Marie Percy returned toÂ Pensacola, and her contributions have provided for the annual Christian Studies Institute named for William Percy.
Past speakers at The Percy Institute include: Dr. Greg Jones, Rev. Susan Pendleton-Jones, Dr. Zan W. Holmes, Jr., Dr. Carol Newsom, Dr. Peter Rhea Jones, Dr. Charles Campbell, Dr. Don E. Saliers and Bishop Will Willimon.