Juan F. Martínez

Professor of Hispanic Studies and Pastoral Leadership School of Theology

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MDiv, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary
ThM, PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary

Juan Martínez currently serves as professor of Hispanic studies and pastoral leadership. Since coming to Fuller in 2001, Martínez has served as vice president for diversity and international ministries, vice provost, associate provost for diversity and international programs, and director of the Center for the Study of Hispanic Church and Community. Among other topics, his research focuses on the history of Latino Protestantism, Latino Protestant identity, ministry in Latino Protestant churches, Latino and Latin American Anabaptists, and transnational mission among US Latinos.

Martínez joined Fuller from the Latin American Anabaptist Seminary in Guatemala City, Guatemala, where he served as rector for nine years. A Mennonite Brethren pastor, Martínez also has experience in church planting and teaching in both religious and secular venues. He served as director of Hispanic Ministries for the Pacific District Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church and of Instituto Bíblico del Pacífico, a Mennonite Brethren Bible Institute.

Most recently Martínez has published the books Churches, Cultures and Leadership (with Mark Lau Branson, 2011), Los Protestantes: Latino Protestantism in the United States (2011), Los Evangélicos: Portraits of Latino Protestantism in the United States (coedited with Lindy Scott, 2009), Walk with the People: Latino Ministry in the United States/Caminando entre el pueblo: Ministerio latino en los Estados Unidos (2008), and Vivir y servir en el exilio: Lecturas teológicas de la experiencia latina en los Estados Unidos (coedited with Jorge Maldonado, 2008). He also recently contributed chapters to several books: Hispanic American Religious Cultures (2009), Building Bridges, Doing Justice: Constructing a Latino/a Ecumenical Theology (2009), and Evangelicals and Empire: Christian Alternatives to the Political Status Quo (2008). In addition, he was a regional editor for the Global Dictionary of Theology (2008).

Martínez has published articles in many journals in both English and Spanish, including the Journal of Mennonite Studies, Kairos, Mennonite Quarterly Review, New Mexico Historical Review, Esperanza en Camino, Apuntes, and Direction. Currently he is involved in a research project on Latino Pentecostalism in Los Angeles through the Center for Religion and Civic Culture of the University of Southern California.

He serves on the board of several associations, including Centro Hispano de Estudios Teológicos (CHET), and serves as president of the Asociación para Educación Teológica Hispana (AETH). Martínez is a recipient of a Templeton Grant through USC to study Latino Pentecostalism in Los Angeles.

Courses Taught

  • CH500: Historia de la Iglesia Primitiva
  • DP526: Anabaptist History, Theology, and Church Polity
  • ET501: Ética Cristiana
  • GM509: Las Bases del Ministerio
  • GM574: Iglesia Evangélica Latina
  • MN700: Tutorial: Urban Mission
  • MT700: Tutorial: Mission Theology
  • OD722: Missional Leadership and Multiculturalism
  • OD729: Theology and Ministry in an Urban Context
  • OD777: Biblical Missional Transformation
  • PM503: Teología Pastoral
  • PR521: Predicación Multicultural
  • TH884/554: Critical Approaches to Latin American and Latino Theology
  • TM507: Ethnicities and Churches (USA)

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

Latino Protestantism in the United States and Latin America, transnationalism and mission, intercultural church relations, theological education in Latin America and among Latinos in the United States, alternative models of theological education, Anabaptism in Latin America


Books Authored

  • Churches, Cultures and Leadership: A Practical Theology of Congregations and Ethnicities. With Mark Lau Branson. InterVarsity Press, 2011. Spanish edition: Editorial Vida, 2013.
  • Los Protestantes: An Introduction to Latino Protestantism in the United States. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011.
  • Caminando entre el pueblo: Ministerio latino en los Estados Unidos/Walk with the People Latino Ministry in the United States. Nashville: Abingdon, 2008 (simultaneous Spanish and English editions).
  • Sea La Luz: The Making of Mexican Protestantism in the American Southwest, 1829–1900. Denton: University of North Texas Press, 2006.

Books Coedited

  • Los Evangélicos: Portraits of Latino Protestantism in the United States (translation of Iglesias peregrinas). Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2009.
  • Global Dictionary of Theology. Regional editor for Latin America. InterVarsity Press, 2008.
  • Vivir y servir en el exilio: Lecturas teológica de la experiencia latina en los Estados Unidos. Buenos Aires: Kairós, 2008.
  • Comunidad y misión desde la periferia: Ensayos en celebración de la vida y ministerio de Juan Driver. Buenos Aires: Kairós, 2006.
  • Iglesias peregrinas en busca de identidad: Cuadros del protestantismo latino en los Estados Unidos. Buenos Aires: Kairós, 2004.

Journal Articles

  • “Who Will Care for the Rest? Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration.” Journal of Latin American Theology: Christians Reflections from the Latino South, Vol 10. no. 1 (2015), 99-103.
  • “Historical Reflections on the ‘In-Betweenness’ of Latino Protestantism.” Common Ground Journal 12, no. 1 (2015): 26-30.
  • “Encounters with the Indigenous: Conquest, Confession, and Mission.” Evangelical Interfaith Dialogue. Fuller Theological Seminary. Spring 2013, pp. 4-10.
  • “Discovering God’s Initiatives in the Midst of Adaptive Challenge.” The Missional Network Journal. October 2012. (http://themissionalnetwork.com/index.php?option=comcontent&view=article&id=194).
  • “Migration and Mission – Immigrants, New Mennonites and the Changing Face of Church and Mission.” Mission Focus: Annual Review. Vol. 19, 2011, pp. 35-40.
  • “A Practical Theology of Leadership with International Voices” (with Mark Lau Branson). Journal of Religious Leadership, Vol. 10, No. 2, Fall 2011, pp. 27-57.
  • “Serious Seekers, by a False Road: Nineteenth-Century Missionaries’ Perceptions of the Penitente Brotherhood.” New Mexico Historical Review 83, no, 3(Summer 2008): 353-370.
  • “Toward a Latino/a Mennonite History.” Journal of Mennonite Studies 23 (2005): 37-46.
  • “La educación teológica y su aporte hacia el proceso de paz en Guatemala.” Kairós, January-June, 2001.
  • “Latin American Anabaptist-Mennonites: A Profile.” Mennonite Quarterly Review 74, no. 3 (July 2000).
  • “The Bible in Novomejicano Protestant Folklore.” Apuntes 17, no. 1 (Spring 1997).
  • “Mennonite Brethren, Latinos and Mission.” Direction 23, no. 2 (1994): 43-49.
  • “Huterias del siglo XVI Misioneros del comunalismo.” Esperanza en Camino, no. 16 (1994): 63-66.
  • “Hispanics in California: Myth and Opportunity.” Direction 16 no. 1 (Spring 1987): 47-56.

Chapters in Books

  • “Desplazamientos forzosos y la mission de la iglesia,” in Conversaciones Teológicas del Sur Global Americano: Violencia, Desplazamiento y Fe, ed. Milton Acosta and Oscar García-Johnson (Eugene: Puertas Abiertas/Wipf & Stock, 2016), 206-215.
  • “Dealing with the ‘Disposable People’ of the Globalized Economy: Just Peacemaking in Immigrants, Refugees and Displaced Persons,” in Formation for Life Just Peacemaking and Twenty-First-Century Discipleship. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2013.
  • “Remittances and Mission: Transnational Latino Pentecostal Ministry in Los Angeles,” in Spirit and Power The Growth and Global Impact of Pentecostalism. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • “Serving Alongside Latinos in a Multiethnic, Transnational, Rapidly Changing World,” in Aliens in the Promised Land: Why Minority Leadership Is Overlooked in White Christian Churches and Institutions. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed, 2013.
  • “Christian Responses in Times of Disaster Learning from Church History,” in Post-disaster Theology from Japan How Can We Start Again? Centurial Vision of Post-disaster Japan (A Theology of Japan Monograph Series #6 – published in Japanese and English versions). Tokyo: Seigakuin University Press, 2013.
  • “‘Outside the Gate’: Evangelicalism and Latino Protestant Theology,” in Global Theology in Evangelical Perspective Exploring the Contextual Nature of Theology and Mission. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2012.
  • “What Happens to Church When We Move Latinamente beyond Inherited Ecclesiologies?” in Building Bridges, Doing Justice Constructing a Latino/a Ecumenical Theology. Orbis Books, 2009.
  • “Stepchildren of the Empire The Formation and Reformation of a Latino Evangélico Identity,” in Evangelicals and Empire Christian Alternatives to the Political Status Quo. Brazos Press, 2008.
  • “Indocumentados, ilegales, o no regulados Conversaciones entre cristianos estadounidenses sobre una reforma migratoria,” in Vivir y servir en el exilio Lecturas teológicas de la experiencia latina en los Estados Unidos. Buenos Aires: Kairós, 2008.
  • “Enseñar historia de la iglesia desde la periferia: Juan Driver y los estudiantes latinos del Seminario Teológico Fuller,” in Comunidad y misión desde la periferia Ensayos en celebración de la vida y ministerio de Juan Driver. Buenos Aires: Kairós, 2006.
  • “Church: A Latino/a Protestant Perspective,” in Handbook of Latino/a Theologies. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2006.
  • “Orígenes del protestantismo entre los Latinos del suroeste de los Estados Unidos (1836-1900),” in Iglesias peregrinas en busca de identidad Cuadros del protestantismo latino en los Estados Unidos. Buenos Aires: Kairos, 2004.
  • “Aculturación y la Iglesia Evangélica Latina en los Estados Unidos,” in Iglesias peregrinas en busca de identidad Cuadros del protestantismo latino en los Estados Unidos. Buenos Aires: Kairos, 2004.
  • “El Mensaje del Antiguo Testamento para la Iglesia de Hoy,” in Comentario Bíblico Mundo Hispano, vol. 13. Casa Bautista de Publicaciones, El Paso, TX, 2003.
  • “Historia de la Biblia en Español,” appendix in La Palabra de Dios Escrita. Guatemala City: Ediciones SEMILLA, pp. 110-116, 1995.
  • “Reaching Out to Our Neighbors: Hispanic Mennonite Brethren Churches in California,” in 75 Years of Fellowship, Esther Jost, Ed. Fresno, CA 1987.

Entries in Dictionaries or Encyclopedias

  • “Assimilation,” “CEHILA,” and “Identity,” in Hispanic American Religious Cultures, Miguel A. de la Torre, Editor. ABC-CLIO, 2009.
  • “Acculturation,” “Hybridity,” and “Latin American Protestant Theology,” in Global Dictionary of Theology, William Dyrness and Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, General Editors. InterVarsity Press, 2008.
  • “Constantino Ponce de la Fuente,” “William Rogers,” “Cyrus Scofield,” “Menno Simons,” “Russell Spittler,” “Eldín Villafañe” and “Roger Williams,” in Diccionario Ilustrado de Intérpretes de la Fe, Justo González, General Editor. Barcelona: Editorial CLIE, 2004 and in Westminster Dictionary of Theologians, Justo González, General Editor. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press.

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