Dr. Juan Francisco Martinez to speak at PalmCon 2016

profile-martinez-juanJuan Martínez was named vice president for diversity and international ministries in September 2015, while also continuing as professor of Hispanic studies and pastoral leadership. Since coming to Fuller in 2001, Martínez has served as vice provost, as associate provost for diversity and international programs, and as director of the Center for the Study of Hispanic Church and Community. Among other topics, his current research focuses on the history of Latino Protestantism, Latino Protestant identity, ministry in Latino Protestant churches, Latino and Latin American Anabaptists, and transnational mission among US Latinos.

Martínez joined Fuller from the Latin American Anabaptist Seminary in Guatemala City, Guatemala, where he served as rector for nine years. A Mennonite Brethren pastor, Martínez also has experience in church planting and teaching in both religious and secular venues. He served as director of Hispanic Ministries for the Pacific District Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church and of Instituto Bíblico del Pacífico, a Mennonite Brethren Bible Institute.

Most recently Martínez has published the books Churches, Cultures and Leadership (with Mark Lau Branson, 2011), Los Protestantes: Latino Protestantism in the United States (2011), Los Evangélicos: Portraits of Latino Protestantism in the United States (coedited with Lindy Scott, 2009), Walk with the People: Latino Ministry in the United States/Caminando entre el pueblo: Ministerio latino en los Estados Unidos (2008), and Vivir y servir en el exilio: Lecturas teológicas de la experiencia latina en los Estados Unidos (coedited with Jorge Maldonado, 2008). He also recently contributed chapters to several books: Hispanic American Religious Cultures (2009), Building Bridges, Doing Justice: Constructing a Latino/a Ecumenical Theology (2009), and Evangelicals and Empire: Christian Alternatives to the Political Status Quo (2008). In addition, he was a regional editor for the Global Dictionary of Theology (2008).

Martínez has published articles in many journals in both English and Spanish, including the Journal of Mennonite Studies,Kairos, Mennonite Quarterly Review, New Mexico Historical Review, Esperanza en Camino, Apuntes, and Direction. Currently he is involved in a research project on Latino Pentecostalism in Los Angeles through the Center for Religion and Civic Culture of the University of Southern California.

He serves on the board of several associations, including Centro Hispano de Estudios Teológicos (CHET), and serves as president of the Asociación para Educación Teológica Hispana (AETH). Martínez is a recipient of a Templeton Grant through USC to study Latino Pentecostalism in Los Angeles.

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