Steering Committee

More than twenty years ago, a small group of dedicated educators, administrators, pastors, and theologians made a commitment to build a program that would support Latina/o PhD students in religion and theology. The Hispanic Theological Initiative is the result of their leadership. Today, HTI Steering Committee Members play a vital role in managing the unique collaborative enterprise called the HTI consortium which is comprised of 24 PhD-granting institutions committed to advancing the recruitment, retention, and graduation of Latina/o PhD students, as well as the sharing of ideas and best practices to address the needs of Latina/o faculty and students.  HTI Steering Committee members dedicate their time and talent to support gifted Latina/o PhD students to complete their doctorate and be leaders in the academy and church. The Member Council and the HTI Staff are grateful and acknowledge their wisdom, and service.

Luis Rivera-Rodríguez

Luis Rivera-Rodríguez

Member Council and Steering Committee Chair; Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary named Dr. Luis R. Rivera as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean in October of 2013. Rivera began his term on January 1, 2014. Rivera maintains a thorough and diverse experience of academic teaching, administration, and institutional leadership. He is an exploring candidate for ordination as a United Methodist Deacon in the Northern Illinois Conference. Rivera received his Th.D. (1993) and Th.M. (1981) from Harvard Divinity School, his M.Div. (1978) from Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico, and his B.A. (1973) from the University of Puerto Rico. He is co-editor of The Westminster Dictionary of Christian Theologians (English, Spanish, and Portuguese editions). His research and teaching focus is systematic theology, specifically Latino/a and Diaspora theologies. He has published many articles on these subjects, including “Jesus el Migrante/Jesus the Migrant” in Jesus in the Hispanic Community: Images of Christ from Theology to Popular Religion (Westminster John Knox Press, 2010).

Eric D. Barreto

Eric D. Barreto

Member; Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary

Eric D. Barreto is Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary and an ordained Baptist minister. The author of Ethnic Negotiations: The Function of Race and Ethnicity in Acts 16 (Mohr Siebeck, 2010), the co-author of Exploring the Bible (Fortress Press, 2016), and editor of Reading Theologically (Fortress Press, 2014), he is also a regular contributor to ONScripture.org, the Huffington Post, WorkingPreacher.org, and EntertheBible.org. For more, go to ericbarreto.com and follow him on Twitter (@ericbarreto).

M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas)

M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas)

Member; Blanchard Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College

M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas) is half-Guatemalan (his mother was Guatemalan) and was raised bilingual and bicultural. In his youth he spent many summers in Guatemala and later taught many years at El Seminario Teológico Centroamericano in Guatemala City. Before coming to Wheaton College he taught Old Testament at Denver Seminary and founded a Spanish-language lay training program there. At Wheaton he hopes to model a commitment to connecting careful biblical scholarship with the mission of the church as it engages today’s complex realities. Currently his research interests lie with the prophetic literature, Old Testament social ethics, and the Bible and immigration.

Oscar Garcia-Johnson

Oscar Garcia-Johnson

Associate Dean for the Center for the Study of Hispanic Church and Community and Associate Professor of Theology and Latino/a Studies School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary

Oscar García-Johnson, associate professor of theology and Latino/a studies, assumed leadership of Fuller’s  Centro Latino in October 2015 as associate dean for the Center for the Study of Hispanic Church and Community. Prior to joining the Fuller faculty in 2008, he taught for ten years as an adjunct faculty member at Fuller. He also served as a regional minister with the American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles for 11 years and planted four new churches in Southern California. Born in Honduras, García-Johnson immigrated to the United States as a young adult to complete a degree in electrical engineering. While in college, he committed to Jesus Christ and experienced a vocational conversion into philosophical and theological studies, leading him to a life that has commuted between the academia and the church.

Jacqueline Hidalgo

Jacqueline Hidalgo

Member; Associate Professor of Latina/o Studies and Religion, Williams College

Jacqueline M. Hidalgo is Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies and Religion at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Her work examines the power of scriptural imaginaries, narratives, and material cultures in shaping relations of race and gender in the American West. She also studies religion, scriptures, and culture among Latin@s in the U.S. more generally.

Ahida Pilarski

Ahida Pilarski

Member; Associate Professor of Theology and Chair of the Theology Department, Saint Anselm College

Ahida Calderón Pilarski is Associate Professor and Chair of the Theology Department at Saint Anselm College. Calderón Pilarski serves as the Co-Chair of the SBL’s “Latino/a and Latin American Biblical Hermeneutics” section and is a member of the SBL’s Committee for Under Represented Minorities in the Profession (CUREMP). She has co-edited By Bread Alone: Reading the Bible Through the Eyes of the Hungry (Fortress, 2014), Pentateuco: Introducción al Antiguo Testamento/La Biblia Hebrea en Perspectiva Latinoamericana (Verbo Divino, 2014), and has published many papers on the prophets, Latino/a and Latin American hermeneutics, and feminist interpretation. Calderón Pilarski is also in the editorial board of the Wisdom Commentary Series.