Skip to content »

Dr. Luis R. Rivera Elected to the Board of Directors for In Trust Center for Theological Schools

December 22, 2017
Dr. Luis R. Rivera

Dr. Luis R. Rivera, academic dean and vice president for academic affairs at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, has been elected to the board of directors for In Trust Center for Theological Schools. The In Trust Center for Theological Schools is a membership organization incorporated and based in Delaware. Its members include more than 210 Catholic, Protestant, and Eastern Christian seminaries, divinity schools, and theological colleges in the United States and Canada. With over 30 years of professional experience in theological education, Rivera was one of three newly elected members.

The presidents and heads of member schools of the In Trust Center for Theological Schools cast ballots in November 2017 to elect three new members and re-elect two members of the Center’s board of directors. Forty-two percent of eligible institutions casted a ballot. “It is an honor to be elected to the board of directors for In Trust Center,” said Rivera. “Since its founding in 1988, In Trust Center has remained committed to providing theological institutions essential resources for mission vitality and I look forward to working with the board of directors on behalf of theological institutions across North America.”

Rivera maintains a thorough and diverse experience of academic teaching, administration, and institutional leadership. Prior to joining the faculty of Garrett-Evangelical in 2014, Rivera served as faculty member and academic dean and vice president for academic affairs and the James G. K. McClure Professor of Theological Education (2009-13) at McCormick Theological Seminary (PCUSA) in Chicago. Rivera started his teaching career in 1986 when he joined the faculty of the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico (1986 -1995).

Rivera holds degrees from the University of Puerto Rico (B.A.), the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico (M.Div.), and Harvard University, the Divinity School (Th.M., Th.D.). His research and teaching focuses on the theological and hermeneutical challenges posed by the experiences of global migrations and the formation of diaspora communities and congregations amidst multicultural societies in a globalized world.

He is co-editor of Diccionario de Intérpretes de la Fe (2004; also in Portuguese (2005) and English (2006) and contributor to the following works, among others:  Encyclopedia of Religion and Violence (Routledge, 2004), Shaping Beloved Community (JKWP 2006), Character Ethics and the Bible (JKWP, 2007), Feasting on the Word (JKWP, 2008), The Encyclopedia of Hispanic American Religious Cultures (Baylor University, 2009), and Jesus in the Hispanic Community: Images of Christ from Theology to Popular Religion (2009).

Dr. Rivera has served Hispanic theological education and the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in several ways.  He has been a teacher, workshop leader, and Board member for the Hispanic Summer Program. He served as mentor and is the current chair of the Member Council of the Hispanic Theological Initiative. He was a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Center for the Study of Latino/a Catholicism, San Diego University. Dr. Rivera was chair of the program committee of ATS Chief Academic Officers Society and a consultant for the Committee on Race and Ethnicity.  He has also contributed to the work of the Forum for Theological Exploration and the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion.

To learn more, about In Trust Center for Theological Schools, go to