Hispanic Theological Initiative.

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    These scholars have entered their examination year.They have been assigned an HTI mentor for the academic year. 

    Lauren Frances Guerra 

    Lauren Frances Guerra   B.A., Loyola Marymount University
       B.A., Loyola Marymount University
       M.A., Graduate Theological Union
       M.A., Saint Louis University, Madrid
       Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union (present) 

    Lauren grew up in Los Angeles with Guatemalan-Ecuadorian parents. She is an active member of the Roman Catholic church. The study of theology combines all of the things that are most important to her: faith, culture, and social justice. She is a third-year doctoral student in systematic theology and philosophy with an allied field in art and religion at Graduate Theological Union. Her research interests include U.S. Latina/o theology, feminist theology, postcolonial theory, and art history. Her dream is to serve as a voice of advocacy for the Latina/o community through her work.

    Abner F. Hernández 

    Abner F. Hernández   B.A., Universidad de Montemorelos, México
       M.A., Inter-American Adventist Theological Seminary
       Ph.D., Andrews University (present) 


    Born in Puerto Padre, Cuba, to Cuban parents, Abner is in the comprehensive exams stage of his doctoral studies in church history and systematic theology. His main interests are Reformation and post-Reformation history as well as theology. He is also interested in the theological thinking of Jacobus Arminius and in the development of Adventist theology from the perspective of Hispanic and Latin American theologians. Abner is an ordained minister of the Seventh-Day Adventist church. 

    Ann Hidalgo 

    Ann Hidalgo    B.Mus., Baldwin-Wallace College
       M.A., University of Michigan
       M.A., University of San Diego
       Ph.D., Claremont School of Theology (present) 

    Entering her third year of study in religion, ethics, and society, Ann is focusing on Latin American feminist theology. Her professional experience has centered on liturgical music, and her current focus is on liberative liturgy. The field of Latin American feminist theology resonates with her personally, connecting a desire to understand her religious and cultural heritage with a drive to understand the role of faith in the modern world. 

    Erick Mendieta 

    Erick Mendieta    B.A., Antillean Adventist University
       M.A., Antillean Adventist University
       Ph.D., andrews university (present) 

    Erick is entering his third year of doctoral studies in Old Testament studies. His areas of interest are the Pentateuch, wisdom literature, hermeneutics, ethics, and social justice in the Old Testament, with particular attention to the issue of the stranger (alien, foreigner, or immigrant) and its implications for Christianity. Erick is a Seventh-Day Adventist from Guatemala, who lived in Puerto Rico and plans to return there to serve. His goals after graduation are to teach and write books and articles. He also wants to be more involved in shaping an immigration position for his denomination and becoming a scholar who advocates for a biblical and Christian approach to the issue of immigration. 

    Altagracia Pérez 

     Altagracia Pérez    B.S., New York University
       M.Div., Union Theological Seminary
        S.T.M., Union Theological Seminary
       Ph.D., Claremont School of Theology (present) 

    Altagracia is a doctoral student in practical theology with an emphasis in religious education. She is working to develop a critical/liberative pedagogy for the church. Specifically, she hopes to develop methodologies, strategies, and resources to equip lay leaders of urban, multicultural, multilingual congregations in achieving their mission. Born in New York City to Puerto Rican and Dominican parents, Altagracia is an Episcopal priest. She has been serving urban multicultural contexts for the past twenty-nine years. She is passionate about making the gospel relevant. 

    Melissa Pagán-Rubalcaba 

    Melissa Pagán-Rubalcaba    B.S., Loyola Marymount University
       M.A., Loyola Marymount University
       M.A., Loyola Marymount University
       Ph.D., Emory University (present) 

    Melissa, who is a member of the Roman Catholic church, was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Puerto Rican parents. Invested in feminist theological ethics and theological anthropology, she is currently analyzing the assumed subject in Catholic social teachings through postcolonial, critical feminist, and liberationist lenses. After graduation, her goal is to obtain a faculty position where she can focus on teaching and research.

    Erica Ramírez 

     Erica Ramírez    B.S. Southwestern Assemblies of God University
       M.A. Wheaton College Graduate School
       Ph.D., Drew University (present) 

    Erica is a third-generation Pentecostal and Texan, from San Antonio. Her research interests lie in Pentecostalisms. She hopes to investigate the proliferation of Pentecostalisms in Africa and Brazil. Her goal is to promote the anti-colonial, feminist practices and theologies that arise organically within pentecostal movements. Erica is pursuing her Ph.D. at Drew University, concentrating in the sociology of religion. After graduation, she hopes to join a diverse and active faculty.