Jon-Paul Lapeña

Credentials: AA, College of the Desert: Palm Desert / BA, San Diego State University / MDiv, Harvard University / PhD, Yale University (present)

Denomination: Non Affiliated

Specific Field: Biblical Studies


Jon-Paul is a  first-generation college student born to farm workers. He was raised Pentecostal in the Coachella Valley desert of California. Jon-Paul studies the New Testament and early Christianity, broadly on the topic of healing and health practices in the ancient Mediterranean. He is specifically interested in exploring and critically engaging interpretations of “addiction” in the New Testament and its role in community health.