Kenia Vanessa Rodriguez


BS, American University / JD, Washington College of Law – American University / MDiv, Wesley Theological Seminary / Ph.D., Drew University (Present)


Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)


Vanessa was born in La Paz, Bolivia, and migrated to the United States with her family at the age of three. She was then raised in the DC metropolitan area. After a few years of practicing immigration law in the area of deportation defense within the Latinx community, Vanessa was baptized within a US protestant church which propelled her study on the role of religion and Christianity concerning structures of oppression within the US Protestant Church for the Latina and her community using a Mujerista critique with a focus on genuine and authentic reconciliation. Vanessa has a passion to empower and affirm the Latina and her community so that God’s transformative work can be witnessed.