Dr. Perabeau’s interests and teaching responsibilities include sociology of religion, urban sociology, ethnic relations and anthropology. He has been a faculty member at Olivet since 2005.
He has presented papers at academic conferences, several of them related to his prior involvement in the Newark Project, a Ford Foundation-supported study concerning the urban religious life of Newark, New Jersey.
An ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, Dr. Perabeau served as a pastor in the city of Chicago for over a decade.
He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, Association of Nazarene Sociologists and Researchers, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and Wesleyan Theological Society.
Dr. Perabeau speaks Spanish and has traveled throughout Central and South America, Europe and the Middle East. As a college student, he studied in Costa Rica, where he met his wife, Gayle, a graduate of Houghton College. They have lead several mission trips with Olivet students.
He has completed the Chicago Marathon twice. He enjoys camping, cheering on the Chicago Cubs and Bears and spending time with his wife and sons.