Jacob Palma

Credentials: BA, Christian Life College / MDiv, Urshan Graduate School of Theology / PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary (present)

Denomination: United Pentecostal Church International

Specific Field: Missiology


Jacob is a second-year Ph.D. student at Fuller Theological Seminary. Born and raised in Merced, California, he is the grandchild of Mexican and Guatemalan immigrants. During his undergraduate studies, he traveled to Mexico regularly and became interested in how Pentecostalism contextualizes in Latin America. He continued his travels throughout Central America before settling in Uruguay in 2011. As a researcher, Jacob aims to hear how Pentecostalism has grown in Latin America from the perspectives of local agents who have been overlooked in the written histories of Western missionaries. To achieve this, he is developing a decentering and reframing methodology for the study of Classical Pentecostal mission history in South America’s Southern Cone.