Loida I. Martell

Loida I. Martell, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, and Professor of Constructive Theology at Lexington Theological Seminary, currently resides in Lexington, Kentucky. She is a bicoastal Puerto Rican who had a private veterinary practice before shifting to ordained ministry (ABC/USA) and theology. She is an avid photographer who has enjoyed taking photos of the pristine beaches of the Caribbean, the urban scapes of New York and Philadelphia, and the green fields of Kentucky. She pioneered the study of evangélica theology and has written on a variety of topics from that perspective, including immigration, globalization, soteriology, doctrine of God, and the influence of indigenous spirituality on modern evangélica belief. She co-edited Teología En Conjunto: A Collaborative Hispanic Protestant Theology (1997) and co-authored Latina Evangélicas: A Theological Survey from the Margins (2013). Her passion for issues of diversity and justice earned her the 2015 Richard Hoiland Christian Education Award, the highest recognition of the American Baptist Home Missions Society for “faithful and effective leadership in Christian education,” for her long-standing work in nurturing culturally and racially diverse classrooms. You can follow her on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/doc2rev.

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When those of the dominant culture express shock and dismay at events such as those that took place in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014, when they claim with indignation that this “should never happen again,” I think of a Puerto Rican proverb: “No hay peor ciego que el que no quiera ver (...

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