WOC in Theology

WOC (Women of Color) in Theology Crush Wednesday #WCW seeks to redefine the social media phenomenon of Woman Crush Wednesday and use it as a tool to make visible the work of women of color in theology, biblical studies, and missiology. A new WOC in Theology is added to the list every Wednesday!

Ahmi Lee, Homiletical Theologian

“It’s important that we remember our holistic calling regarding words and deeds. We are called to preach the gospel at all times, and the manner in which we live should also testify to the gospel and prove our faith and message authentic.”

WOC IN THEOLOGY (15)Dr. Ahmi Lee describes herself as a “third culture kid.” She was born in South Korea, raised in Japan, and educated in an American international school. This liminality led her to understand her calling as a homiletical theologian in the context of the global church. Currently, Dr. Lee serves as Assistant Professor of Preaching at Fuller Theological Seminary, focusing on preaching, hermeneutics, theology, contextualization, and worship as her areas of expertise. Academically and ministerially equipped, Ahmi holds a BA from Wheaton College, an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary. Her doctoral dissertation was titled “Toward a Theodramatic Homiletic.” (Dr. Lee, I see the Vanhoozerian influence there and I totally love it!) She also has 12 years of pastoral experience and has spoken at conferences in Australia, India, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, South Africa, and the United States.

She has contributed to the Trinity Journal, Restoration Quarterly, and Word and World.

You can watch her participation at the Young People and the Church Fuller event here.

Agustina Luvis Núñez, Systematic Theologian

WOC IN THEOLOGY (3)Agustina Luvis Núñez is a Puerto Rican theologian living and doing theology in the Island. A life long learner, she holds several degrees, including: an MDiv from the Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico, a Master in Theology, and a PhD in Systematic Theology from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. Agustina and I come from the same town, Canóvanas, in the northeast part of  Island. She serves as Assistant Professor and as Director of the DMin program at the Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico. Her areas of interest include Pentecostal theology and feminist theology.

Among her publications are:

Luvis Núñez, Agustina. Creada a su imagen: Una pastoral integral para la mujerNashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2012. 102 pp.

“La crisis, momento oportuno para afirmar las marcas de la iglesia.” In Otros Caminos: Propuestas para la crisis en Puerto Rico. Edited by Ángel Rosa Vélez. San Juan, PR: Editorial Isla Negra, 2012: 17-27.

“Liberación: Reflexiones teológicas sobre el abuso sexual y nuestro rol como Iglesia.” In El sexo en la Iglesia. Edited by Samuel Silva Gotay and Luis N. Rivera Pagán. Río Piedras, PR: Publicaciones Gaviota, 2015: 97-114.

For more info: http://www.se-pr.edu/facultad2/ 

Alison Lo, Associate Professor of Old Testament

WOC IN THEOLOGY (19)Dr. Alison Lo was born and brought up in Hong Kong. She holds a B.Th. from Evangel Seminary in Hong Kong; an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Seminary in Deerfield, IL, USA; and a Ph.D. from the University of Gloucestershire in the United Kingdom. Alison has vast international experience through education and employment abroad in places like Hong Kong, China, Singapore, the USA, the United Kingdom, and Israel. In 2005, she was nominated for the Young Researcher Award, an award given by the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  In September of 2019, Bethel University announced Dr. Lo’s appointment as Associate Professor of Old Testament.

Dr. Lo’s published works include Job 28 as Rhetoric: An Analysis of Job 28 in the Context of Job 22-31 (Brill, 2003) and The Minor Prophets (Hong Kong: Evangel Press, 2014; Chinese publication). She is currently working on a commentary on the book of Job, which will be published by Ming Dao in 2023. The latter is also a Chinese publication.

Andrea C. White, Associate Professor of Theology and Culture

WOC IN THEOLOGY (17)Rev. Dr. Andrea C. White is an African American womanist scholar. She holds an M.Div. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Dr. White currently serves as Associate Professor of Theology and Culture at Union Theological Seminary in New York, the Executive Director of the Society for the Study of Black Religion, and the co-chair of the Black Theology Group of the American Academy of Religion. This year, she delivered a lecture titled “Political Apostasy, Black Nihilism, and Barth” at the 2018 Annual Karl Barth Conference, celebrated in Princeton Theological Seminary. She has three forthcoming publications, about which I am really excited: The Back of God: A Theology of Otherness in Karl Barth and Paul Ricoeur, Feminist and Womanist Theologies, and The Scandal of Flesh: Black Women’s Bodies and God Politics.

Clara Luz Ajo Lázaro, Professor of Systematic Theology

WOC IN THEOLOGY (1)Cuban Anglican theologian Clara Luz Ajo Lázaro received her doctorate from Universadade Metodista in Sao Paulo, Brasil. She specializes in historical theology and teaches systematic theology at the Seminario Evangélico de Teología in Matanzas, Cuba.

Among her publications are:

“Diversity in the Anglican Tradition: Women and the Afro-Caribbean Church.” In Anglican Women on Church and Mission. Edited by Kwok Pui-lan, Judith A. Berling, and Jenny Plane Te Paa. Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Publishing, 2012.

“Jesus and Mary Dance with the Orishas: Theological Elements in Interreligious Dialogue.” In Hope Abundant: Third World and Indigenous Women’s Theology. Edited by Kwok Pui-lan. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2010.

“The Spirituality of Our Ancestors.” In In the Power of Wisdom. Edited by María Pilar Aquino and Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza. London: SCM Press, 2000.

More info: http://www.anglicanjournal.com/articles/anglican-cubans-revitalize-seminary-1674

Daisy L. Machado, Professor of Church History

employee of the MonthThe first time I came across Daisy L. Machado was while reading A Reader in Latina Feminist Theology: Religion and Justice, which she co-edited. Reading her chapter on the Judges 19 narrative was a paradigmatic point in my theological journey. For this reason, I have chosen her as my first #wcw.

Daisy L. Machado was born in Cuba, and raised in New York. She holds an MDiv from Union Theological Seminary, New York, and a PhD from the University of Chicago. “She is the first U.S. Latina ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1981 in the Northeast Region and has served inner city congregations in Brooklyn, Houston, and Forth Worth.”

Among her publications are:
Of Borders and Margins: Hispanic Disciples in the Southwest, 1888-1942. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2003.

“Voices from Neplanta: Latinas in U.S. Religious History.” In Feminist Intercultural Theology: Latina Explorations for a Just World. Edited by María Pilar Aquino and María José Rosado-Nunes. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2007.

“Borderlife and the Religious Imagination.” In Religion and Politics in America’s Borderlands. Edited by Sarah Azaransky. Plymouth, UK: Lexington Books, 2013.

For more info: https://utsnyc.edu/academics/faculty/daisy-l-machado-81/

Diana L. Hayes, Emerita Professor of Systematic Theology

WOC IN THEOLOGY (4)Diana L. Hayes is Emerita Professor of Systematic Theology at Georgetown University. She holds several degrees, including: a Juris Doctor from The George Washington University, a PhD in Religious Studies, and a Doctor of Sacred Theology from the Katholieke Universiteit Louvain in Belgium. Dr. Hayes is the first African American woman to earn a Pontificial Doctorate in Theology from that institution. And she has also received three honorary doctorates. Moreover, in 2004, she was awarded the Elizabeth Ann Seton Medal from Mt. St. Joseph College in Cincinnati for her remarkable contributions to Catholic theology in the United States. Her areas of specialization include Womanist Theology, Black Theology, U.S. Liberation Theologies, and African American and Womanist Spirituality.

Among her publications are:

Hayes, Diana L. No Crystal Stair: Womanist Spirituality. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. 176 pp.

Hayes, Diana L. Standing in the Shoes My Mother Made: A Womanist Theology. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2011. 208 pp.

Hayes, Diana L. Forged in the Fiery Furnace: African American Spirituality. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012. 232 pp.

Hayes, Diana L. and Cyprian Davis, O.S.B. eds. Taking Down Our Harps: Black Catholics in the United States. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1998. 285 pp.

Hayes, Diana L. And Still We Rise: An Introduction to Black Liberation Theology. Paulist Press, 1996. 219 pp.

For more info: https://www.ctu.edu/admissions/diana-hayes

Eboni Marshall Turman, Assistant Professor of Theology and African American Religion


Eboni Marshall Turman is Assistant Professor of Theology and African American Religion at Yale University. I came across Dr. Marshall Turman a few months ago while listening to the episode Womanist Theology on the podcast Theology Live. Her research interests include womanist/feminist liberation theologies and ethics, and dogmatics in the African American Christian tradition. She is also an ordained minister in the National Baptist Convention, USA, and an activist. Dr. Marshall Turman holds a Ph.D. in Christian Social Ethics from Union Theological Seminary.

Eiko Takamizawa, Missiologist


Dr. Eiko Takamizawa is the first Japanese woman missiologist to become a member of faculty in Korea, where she has been teaching mission at Torch Trinity University for over 18 years. She holds a BA from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies; an MDiv from Asia United Theological University Korea (formerly known as Asian Center for Theological Studies and Mission); and a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where she studied under Paul G. Hiebert. In March, The Paul G. Hiebert Center for World Christianity and Global Theology at TEDS welcomed her as their first visiting scholar. There, she will be researching Christianity during the Edo Period in Japan.

Among her publications are:

Cole, Neil and Eiko Takamizawa. Cultivating a Life for God. Word of Life Press Ministries, 2010.

Takamizawa, Eiko. “A model for presenting the Gospel to Pantheists.” In Asian Church and God’s Mission: Studies Presented in the International Symposium on Asian Mission in Manila, January 2002. Edited by Wonsuk & Julie C. Ma. Manila, Philippines: OMF Literature, 2003: 93-108.

Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, Minister and Theologian

WOC IN THEOLOGY (14)Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Conde-Frazier is an ordained pastor, gifted preacher, and theologian. She holds a Ph.D. in Theology and Religious Education from Boston College and an M.Div. from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before being appointed Dean of Esperanza College, she served as professor of religious education at the Claremont School of Theology and co-founded the Orlando E. Costas Hispanic and Latin American Ministries Program at Andover Newton Theological School.

Dr. Conde-Frazier’s publications include Latina Evangélicas: A Theological Survey from the Margins (2013), Listen to the Children: Conversations with Immigrant Families (Bilingual edition, 2011), Hispanic Bible Institutes: A Community of Theological Construction (2005), and A Many Colored Kingdom: Multicultural Dynamics for Spiritual Formation (2004).

Elizabeth Yao-Hwa Sung, Systematic Theologian


Dr. Lisa Sung is the first Protestant scholar appointed to serve as the Chester and Mary Paluch Professor of Theology at The University of St. Mary of the Lake/ Mundelein Seminary in Illinois; where she will be serving for the next two academic years. That is, 2017-18 and 2018-19. She taught for over nine years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; where she attained the rank of Associate Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology. Dr. Sung holds a MMus from the University of Michigan, and an MDiv and PhD from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Her research interests include method in systematic theology; theological interpretation of Scripture; theological anthropology; the theology-social science relation; theology and culture; and the doctrine of sanctification and spiritual theology. Currently Dr. Sung is working on two major projects: the volume on theological anthropology for the systematic theology series Foundations of Evangelical Theology, and a book that analyzes, critiques, and reconstructs racial identity in light of Scripture and sociology.

Dr. Sung was the only WOC in faculty at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. 

More info: https://divinity.tiu.edu/academics/faculty/elizabeth-yao-hwa-sung-phd/

Among her publications are:

Sung, Elizabeth Yao-Hwa. “Racial Realism in Biblical Interpretation and Theological Anthropology.” Ex Auditu: An International Journal for the Theological Interpretation of Scripture 31 (2015): 3-21.

Sung, Elizabeth Yao-Hwa. “Fostering Theological Discernment and Ecumenical Formation.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 49 (Spring 2014): 311-318.

Geraldina Céspedes Ulloa, Theologian and Missionary

WOC IN THEOLOGY (11)Catholic theologian Geraldina Céspedes Ulloa was born in 1968 in the Dominican Republic. She holds degrees in Theology and Philosophy from the Instituto Filosófico Pedro Francisco Bonó in Santo Domingo and the Universidad Rafael Landívar in Guatemala. Geraldina also holds a doctorate in Theology from the Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, Spain. Dr. Céspedes Ulloa is a member of the Congregation of Dominican Missionaries and has been serving marginalized communities displaced by the war in Guatemala since 1992. She is also a founding member of the Núcleo Mujeres y Teología de Guatemala and has taught in Mozambique, the Philippines, India, Spain, among other countries. Her areas of interest include Mariology, Ecclesiology, and Feminist Theology.

Dr. Céspedes Ulloa’s publications include Las teologías de la liberación ante el mercado y el patriarcado (2014) and “Sources and Processes of the Production of Wisdom,” in Feminist Intercultural Theology: Latina Explorations for a Just World (2007). For an extensive list of her published works, click here.

Jacquelyn E. Winston, Associate Professor of Church History

The merger of church and state which ocurred under [Constantine’s] reign is often referred to as “Constantinianism,” although the culprit is neither Constantine nor his conversion, but rather the seductive allure of power which led the imperial church to trade its prophetic imagination and voice for an imperial one…

woc-in-theology-18Rev. Dr. Jacquelyn E. Winston is a patristics scholar, with an emphasis in the history of the first five centuries of the Christian Church. She holds various degrees, including an M.A. in Pastoral Studies with an emphasis on urban ministries from Azusa Pacific University, and a Ph.D. in History of Christianity from Claremont Graduate University. Her doctoral dissertation was titled “Body Language:” Physiognomic Characterizations in Fourth-century Heresy Conflicts. In 2007, Dr. Winston joined the faculty at Azusa Pacific University as Associate Professor of Church History, where, in 2010, she became the Theology Program Director. She was the recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Grant at the American Academy in Rome in 2007 and in 2012, she was one of the fellows of the Lilly Fellows Program in Ballycastle, Ireland.

Her publications include “The Assasin of Prophetic Imagination: Imperialistic Rhetoric in Ancient Rome and Contemporary America,” in Nurturing the Prophetic Imagination, edited by Jamie Gates and Mark H. Mann, and published by Wipf & Stock in 2012.

Jayachitra Lalitha, Associate Professor of New Testament and Greek

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Jayachitra Lalitha holds a D.Th. from Serampore University. She is an ordained clergy of Church of South India, associate professor of New Testament and Greek, dean of women’s studies, and coordinator of the Church Women Centre at the Tamilnadu Theological Seminary, Mandurai, Tamilnadu, India. She also co-chaired the World Christianity group of the American Academy of Religion. Her research interests include post-Pauline literature, postcolonial biblical hermeneutics and feminism.

Among her publications are:

Lalitha, Jayachitra. Re-reading Household Relationships Christologically: Ephesians, Empire, and Egalitarianism. New Dehli, India: Christian World Imprints, 2017.

Smith, Mitzi J. and Jayachitra Lalitha, eds. Teaching All Nations: Interrogating the Mathean Great Comission. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2014.

Higuera Smith, Kay, Jayachitra Lalitha, and L. Daniel Hawk, eds. Evangelical Postcolonial Conversations: Global Awakenings in Theology and Praxis. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2014.

Kyong-Jin Lee, Associate Professor of Old Testament Studies

WOC IN THEOLOGY (16)Currently, Dr. Kyong-Jin Lee is Associate Professor of Old Testament Studies at Fuller. She holds four degrees: a B.A. from Duke University, an MTS from Harvard Divinity School, a Ph.D. from Yale University, and an MSC from London School of Economics. However, her academic credentials are not the only fascinating aspect of Dr. Lee. She grew up in La Paz, Bolivia, as a missionary daughter. Therefore, the intermingling of her backgrounds has gifted her with a particular cultural and linguistical competence for ministry and life. Dr. Lee has taught courses in Spanish, Korean, and English, and is affiliated to Fuller’s Centro Latino (Hispanic Center), the Catholic Biblical Association, the European Association of Biblical Studies, and the Society of Biblical Literature, among other groups. Some of her areas of expertise are ancient historiography, inner-biblical exegesis, biblical theology, biblical literature in the Persian and Hellenistic periods, and Asian and African hermeneutics.

Her publications include The Authority and Authorization of Torah in the Persian Period (2011).

You should also read her article Grassroots Exegesis: Women’s Ownership of the Scriptures in Bolivia.

Loida I. Martell-Otero, Professor of Constructive Theology


Loida I. Martell-Otero is Professor of Constructive Theology at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University in Pennsylvania. A bicoastal Puerto Rican, she holds several degrees including a B.S. from the University of Puerto Rico; an M.Div. from Andover Newton Theological School; a M.Phil and a PhD in Theology from Fordham University. She is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches/USA and has taught in various institutions of higher education in the USA mainland and Puerto Rico. She has done some research on Taíno spiritualities and how it relates to theological anthropology, eschatology, and globalization.

Among her publications are:

Martell-Otero, Loida I., Zaida Maldonado Pérez, and Elizabeth Conde-Frazier. Latina Evangélicas: A Theological Survey from the Margins. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2013.

Rodríguez, José David, and Loida I. Martell-Otero, eds. Teología en Conjunto: A Collaborative Hispanic Protestant Theology. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 1997.

For more information: The Wipf and Stock Loida Martell-Otero Interview

Mayra Rivera-Rivera, Professor of Religion and Latina/o Studies

WOC IN THEOLOGY (9)Mayra Rivera is Professor of Religion and Latina/o Studies at Harvard University and Faculty Chair of the Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights. Dr. Rivera was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where she attended college. She earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, where she won various awards, including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (1986). In 2001, she graduated with a Master in Theological Studies from Drew University, where she also completed a Ph.D. in Theological and Religious Studies in 2005. Mayra received the 2004 John R. Mulder Prize for Excellence, awarded for writing the Drew Graduate School’s best comprehensive examinations in the past year. And in 2008 she was awarded the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Feminist/Mujerista Professorship, awarded by the Hispanic Summer Program for excellence in teaching feminist/mujerista theology.

Dr. Mayra Rivera is currently developing a project that explores narratives of catastrophe and/as Genesis in the 20th-century Caribbean writing.

Among her publications are:

Poetics of the Flesh. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2015.

The Touch of Transcendence: A Postcolonial Theology of God. Lousiville. KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2007.

For more information, click here.

Michelle A. Gonzalez Maldonado, Associate Professor of Religious Studies

WOC IN THEOLOGY (5)Dr. Michelle A. González was born to Cuban parents in Miami, Florida. She holds a B.S. from Georgetown University, an M.A. from Union Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Systematic and Philosophical Theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkely, California. Her research interests include Caribbean, feminist, and Latinx theologies, and the study of the life and works of the 17th-century Mexican nun Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.

Among her publications are:

A Critical Introduction to Religion in the Americas: Bridging the Liberation Theology and Religious Studies Divide. New York: New York University Press, 2014.

Edmonds, Ennis B. and Michelle A. Gonzalez. Caribbean Religious History: An Introduction. New York: New York University Press, 2010.

Afro-Cuban Theology: Religion, Race, Culture, and Identity. Florida: University Press of Florida, 2009.

Sor Juana: Beauty and Justice in the Americas. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2003.

Michelle C. Sánchez, Associate Professor of Theology

WOC IN THEOLOGY (20)Dr. Michelle C. Sánchez is Associate Professor of Theology at Harvard Divinity School. She holds a BA from New College of Florida, and an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in the study of religion from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard. Her first book,  Calvin and the Resignification of the World: Creation, Incarnation, and the Problem of Political Theology, was published this year by Cambridge University Press. Her next book examines how Christianity became pedagogically reconfigured as a “worldview” in the 20th century, with special attention to the role of 19th-century Calvinist theologians.

In 2012, Sánchez was recognized by the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning for excellence in undergraduate teaching.

For more info on Dr. Sánchez and her work, click here.

Mitzi J. Smith, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity

WOC IN THEOLOGY (3)I came across Dr. Smith’s work last year, while going through the pages of True to Our Native Land: An African American New Testament Commentary. Dr. Smith is the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in New Testament from Harvard and is currently serving as Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Ashland Theological Seminary’s Detroit Center. Before going to Harvard, she earned a B.A. in Theology from Columbia Union College in Maryland; a MA in Black Studies from The Ohio State University; and a M.Div. from Howard University School of Divinity. Her edited book I Found God in Me: A Womanist Biblical Hermeneutics Reader was chosen as one of Choice’s Outstanding Academic Titles in 2015.

Her other publications include Womanist Sass and Talk Back: Social (In)Justice, Intersectionality, and Biblical Interpretation (2018);  Insights from African American Interpretation (2017); Teaching All Nations: Interrogating the Matthean Great Commission, co-edited with Jayachitra Lalitha; and The Literary Construction of the Other in the Acts of the Apostles: Charismatics, the Jews, and Women (2011).

For more info, visit her website: http://www.mitzijsmith.com/ 

Nancy E. Bedford, Systematic Theologian


Nancy E. Bedford is an Argentinian Protestant evangélica systematic theologian. She is the Georgia Harkness Professor of Applied Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. I was introduced to her work during my first year at Seminario Teológico de Puerto Rico (s/o to Jules Martínez), when my then professor recommended me to read her compilation of essays on Christology, titled “La porfía de la resurrección: Ensayos desde el feminismo teológico latinoamericano.” Dr. Bedford did her D.Th. under the supervision of Jürgen Moltmann at Karl-Ludwigs-Universitat Tubingen. Her work has been incredibly influential in my theological journey, as someone who is also evangélica and feminista, but not evangelical (as in white USA cultural evangelicalism).

Among her publications are:

Teología feminista a tres vocesEditado por Virginia R. Azcuy, Nancy E. Bedford y Mercedes L. García Bachmann. Santiago de Chile, Chile: Ediciones Universidad Alberto Hurtado, 2017.

Galatians (Belief: A Theological Commentary on the Bible). Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2016.

La porfía de la resurrección: Ensayos desde el feminismo teológico latinoamericano. Buenos Aires: Argentina: Ediciones Kairós, 2008.

For more info: http://www.theodrama.com/2017/03/03/mujeres-teologas-nancy-e-bedford/

Regina Fernandes Sanches, Theologian and Missiologist

WOC IN THEOLOGY (8)Regina Fernandes Sanches is a Brazilian theologian serving and doing theology in her country. She holds two master’s degrees, one in Theology and Praxis from the Faculdade Jesuíta de Filosofia e Teologia (FAJE), and one in Missiology from the Faculdade Teológica Sul Americana. She also has an advanced degree in Afro-Brazilian and Indigenous History and Culture from the Universidade Luterana do Brasil. During her career, Regina has served in various institutions and organizations. Until February of 2017, she worked as the Executive Secretary of the Latin American Theological Fellowship (FTL) chapter in Brasil. She has also taught at various institutions, including Faculdade Nazarena do Brasil, Faculdade Evangélica de Teologia de Belo Horizonte, and Faculdade Refidim. She currently serves in the leadership of Saber Criativo, an independent publishing house committed to promoting Brazilian and Latin American theologies.

Her publications include:

Como Fazer Teologia da Missão Integral. Garimpo, 2016.

Teologia Viva: Introdução A Teologia. Reflexão, 2013.

Teologia Da Missão Integral: História E Método Da Teologia Evangélica Latino Americana. Reflexão, 2009.

You can read her blog.

Ruth Padilla DeBorst, Academic Vicerrector of CETI

WOC IN THEOLOGY (12)Ruth Padilla DeBorst was born in Colombia and raised in Argentina. Currently, she lives in Costa Rica, where she serves as Academic Vicerrector of the Comunidad de Estudios Teológicos Interdisciplinarios (CETI). Dr. Padilla DeBorst holds a B.Ed. from Lenguas Vivas in Argentina, an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Wheaton College Graduate School, and a Ph.D. in Social Ethics and Missiology from Boston University. A gifted writer and speaker, Ruth is a leading contributor to theological reflection and praxis in Latin America.

Her publications include:

“Church, Power, and Transformation in Latin America: A Different Citizenship is Possible.” In The Church from Every Tribe and Tongue: Ecclesiology in the Majority World. Edited by Gene L. Green, Stephen T. Pardue, and K. K. Yeo. Langham Global Library, 2018: 35-52.

“Songs of Hope Out of a Crying Land.” In Global Theology in Evangelical Perspective: Exploring the Contextual Nature of Theology and Mission. Edited by Jeffrey P. Greenman and Gene L. Green. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2012: 86-101.

Para un infográfico biográfico en español, visite www.theodrama.com.

Teresa Delgado, Associate Professor of Theology

WOC IN THEOLOGY (5)Teresa Delgado is a Puerto Rican theologian born in New York to Puerto Rican parents. Talking about her identity she stated,

“I self identify as a member of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, which positions me in the crossroads of Latin America and the United States. While I was born in New York of Puerto Ricans parents, I am U.S. Latina AND I am also connected to the Latin American identity of Puerto Rico. In other words, I embody the ambiguity that Puerto Rico embodies as straddling both worlds given our colonial reality. I can’t choose one over the other.”

Dr. Delgado holds a B.A. in Religion and Women’s Studies from Colgate University and a M.A., M. Phil. and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Union Theological Seminary in New York. She currently serves as Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics Program Director, Peace and Justice Studies at Iona College. She completed her doctoral work under the supervision of womanist theologian Delores S. Williams.

Her publications include:

Delgado, Teresa, John Doody, and Kim Paffenroth, eds. Augustine and Social Justice. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2015.

She is currently writing a book titled Loving Sex: Envisioning a Relevant Catholic Sexual Ethic.

For more information: https://www.iona.edu/academics/school-of-arts-science/departments/religious-studies/faculty-staff/teresa-delgado.aspx

Wonhee Anne Joh, Professor of Theology and Culture

WOC IN THEOLOGY (6)In May, Dr. Wonhee Anne Joh became the first Korean American female full professor of systematic theology in the United States. She joined the faculty of Garrett-Evangelical Seminary in 2009, and now serves there as Professor of Theology and Culture. Joh holds a M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Theological and Philosophical Studies from Drew University. Since 2012, she also serves as the Faculty Director of The Center for Asian/ Asian American Ministry. Before her appointment at Garrett, she taught at Fordham University in New York, Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, and Northwestern University in Illinois. Her publications include Critical Theology against US Militarism in Asia: Decolonization and Deimperialization (2016), and Heart of the Cross: A Postcolonial Christology (2006). She is currently working on a forthcoming book, titled Terror, Trauma and Mourning: A Postcolonial Theology of Hope. 

For more info: https://www.garrett.edu/news/historic-promotion-dr-wonhee-anne-joh-full-professor-first-korean-american-female-professor