Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has recruited a group of experienced, published, dynamic, and bicultural Hispanic/Latinx professors of homiletics around the country to teach courses in the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching as Leadership in Hispanic/Latinx Congregations track. They bring strong academic and teaching credentials in the field of preaching, as well as an active preaching ministry in their respective denominations. Their different denominational backgrounds, cultural identities, and international experience will enrich the teaching and learning input in the classroom.
Their understanding of the diverse Hispanic/Latinx communities and churches in the United States and their familiarity with US Latinx theologies and Latin American theologies will help students of this program learn how to preach the Gospel with theological integrity, pastoral relevance, and cultural sensitivity. Finally, their bicultural and bilingual life experience will support students in the program to explore and adapt creatively in preaching to the multiple national and cultural identities, migration experiences, and generational and linguistic differences present in US Hispanic/Latinx churches and communities.
Rev. Dr. Jared E. Alcántara is associate professor of preaching and holder of the Paul W. Powell Endowed Chair in Preaching at George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. An ordained Baptist minister, he has served as a youth pastor, associate pastor, and teaching pastor in Illinois, Massachusetts, Oregon, and New Jersey. Alcántara is passionate about equipping students to preach God’s Word in ways that are faithful, effective, clear, creative, and inspiring. His teaching and research interests include global south preaching, cultural and intercultural engagement, and the role of race and ethnicity in preaching, especially in Latino/a and African American contexts.
Rev. Dr. Irving Cotto is a former district superintendent and director of congregational development in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church. He is currently the pastor of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Warrington, PA. Cotto is the author of Fiesta en la Casa de Dios, a book on pastoral reflections regarding worship. He has led training workshops for lay missionaries and has written training modules for the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry. He is also a founding member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and a member of the American Counseling Association, the National Association of United Methodist Evangelists, and the Society of Pastoral Theology.
Rev. Dr. Francisco Javier Goitia-Padilla is program director for Theological Formation, Seminaries, and Lay Schools in the Domestic Mission unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. An ordained minister of the ELCA rostered in the Caribbean Synod, he was professor of theology and homiletics at the Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico from 2005 to 2017 and its dean from July 2012 to December 2017.
Rev. Dr. Pablo A. Jiménez is associate dean for the Hispanic Ministries Program at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Jiménez previously served as pastor of the CCDC in Sonadora, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico; director of the “Rev. Juan Figueroa Umpierre” Bible Institute of the CCDC in Puerto Rico; and executive director of the Association for Hispanic Theological Education (AETH) and manager of the Hispanic Summer Program (HSP).
Rev. Dr. Osvaldo Vena is professor of New Testament interpretation and former director of the Hispanic/Latinx Center at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Apart from many articles and essays, written both in English and Spanish, he has published numerous books including The Parousia and Its Rereadings: The Development of the Eschatological Consciousness in the Writings of the New Testament, Apocalipsis (Revelation), Evangelio de Marcos: Comentario para Exegesis y Traducción (Mark: A Commentary for Exegesis and Translation), and Jesus, Disciple of the Kingdom: Mark’s Christology for a Community in Crisis.