UKirk Is...

A worshiping community that looks for the sacred in the ordinary.

We seek to follow God by wrestling with holy scripture, gathering weekly around the table for communion, and striving to embody Jesus’s unconditional love in the world.

A place where you are invited to come as you are.
Bring your doubts and questions, your fears and past experiences, your dreams and wonderings.

Bring your whole self. We are an open and affirming community that celebrates and embraces you for who God created you to be. All of who you are is welcome here.


A place of nourishment, care, and support.

College is hard – this is a community where you can rest, eat (vegetarian and gluten-free options are always available!), de-stress, and connect in meaningful ways with people who care.

A place where all belong.



Rev. Jessie Light-Wells

Jessie grew up in Kansas City, KS before attending Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Austin, TX). Jessie has worked at a number of churches in a variety of roles, most recently as a pastoral resident at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church here in Dallas. She also spent time as a chaplain at Children’s Medical Center.


Jessie loves riding her bike and being outside, baking sourdough bread, and spending time with her husband, Zach, their cat, Wendell, and their dog, Goldie.


Stop by on a Wednesday night, or email Jessie to get together for a meal or coffee. 



Come Worship & Eat with Us!

Every Wednesday Evening
Worship (with communion): 6:00 p.m.
Free Dinner: 6:45 p.m.

Perkins Chapel

(located in the Perkins School of Theology at SMU)

NOTE: For the remainder of the spring 2020 semester, worship will be held virtually on Zoom from 6-7 pm CST. Email Jessie for the link to the call.

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Make a financial contribution- Every dollar counts! Click here to donate- please be sure to designate your gift to "UKirk SMU".

Put us in touch with a current SMU student- Know anyone who is currently studying at SMU who might like to be connected to UKirk? Click here to send their information to Jessie.

Cook a meal for our students- We eat together every Wednesday night at 6:45 p.m. and love home cooked meals. Sign up here to cook and enjoy fellowship!

Host an event- Do you have space to entertain? We are looking for locations for our annual Christmas Party and End-of-the-Year Party. Email Jessie if you are interested in hosting UKirk in your home.

Serve on the UKirk Board of Directors- A new class of board members is invited every May. Email Jessie if you are feeling called to serve on our board.

Our name means "University Church" -- "kirk" is an old Scots-English word for church. We're associated with a network of campus ministries in the Presbyterian Church (USA), but we're not just for Presbyterians! 

You can learn more about the Presbyterian Church (USA) here



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