Marlon Tyrone Perkins, Sr. is pastor of Alpha International Seventh-day Adventist Church in Arlington, TX, and Living Waters Worship Center of Seventh-day Adventists in Dallas, TX.  He is also founder and president of Purpose-Full Ministries, Inc., a non-profit Christian ministry dedicated to equipping individuals to discover and pursue their God-given purpose in life.  


A native of Memphis, Tennessee, he was born the seventh of eight children to Ousley and Billie Gloria Perkins.  He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rhodes College and a Master of Divinity from Andrews University Theological Seminary.  As a sophomore in college, he was awarded The Lyndon B. Johnson Congressional Internship for the Washington, D.C. office of former U.S. Representative Harold E. Ford, Sr. It was during that internship that Pastor Perkins began experiencing the spiritual biddings that would eventually lead him into pastoral ministry, although his collegiate studies had been preparing him for a career in law.  


Pastor Perkins’s twenty-three year ministry has spanned the northwest, midwest, and the south, as he has pastored in the states of Washington, Iowa, and now Texas.  In addition to a multitude of pastoral duties, he has conducted a number of seminars in the areas of theology, religious liberty and personal development for church and non-church audiences alike.  He is also an often sought-after soloist for special events.  Pastor Perkins is a published author and has set his sights on completing his first book manuscript in 2014.  


 Pastor Perkins and his wife Shurla, a registered nurse, are the exuberant parents of two children, Marlon Jr. (age 20)  and Reba (age 19).  Their singular focus is Kingdom building for the soon coming of Jesus Christ.



Pastor Marlon T. Perkins Sr. 

Purpose-Full Ministries


Pastor Perkins is the Founder and President of Purpose-Full Ministries, Inc.  Formed in 2004, this non-profit Christian ministry is dedicated to encouraging and equipping individuals to discover and pursue their God-given purpose in life.  For a closer look at the work of Purpose-Full Ministries or to begin your purpose-full discovery today, visit


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