Elyssa Salinas-Lazarski

Credentials: BA, Valparaiso University / MDiv, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago / PhD, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Present) 

Denomination: Lutheran

Specific Field: Ethics and Social Theory


Elyssa believes that her theology must touch her body; therefore, her scholarship encompasses her experience as a Mexican-American and as a woman. She is passionate about making the church a safe space for each and every body because each body is a beloved creation of God and not a shell of shame. Utilizing her own body as a crux, her research embraces sex and body-positive theology to combat a culture of disgrace. Elyssa employs teaching and poetry to connect to her audience at a poetry slam or in a classroom.