Alumni, TEDS

In Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month

Seven USA Latinx and Latin American TEDS Alums You Should Know About

Trinity CommunicationsOctober 09, 2019

By Juliany González Nieves


In the United States, the National Hispanic Heritage Month, or Latinx Heritage Month, is celebrated from September 15 to October 15. This is a time when we celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of the Latin American and USA Latinx communities. And although we do not have to wait for a specific month to celebrate the communities that make up the church, in honor of this special occasion, we want to highlight seven outstanding USA Latinx and Latin American TEDS alums.

Orlando E. Costas

Orlando Enrique Costas is one of the Latino trailblazers in missiology. He was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico in 1942. From 1966 to 1969, Orlando studied at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He then went on to serve as the Thornley B. Wood Professor of Missiology and director of Hispanic Studies and Ministries at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia from 1980 to 1984. Ultimately, Costas became dean of Andover Newton Theological School. He left us at the age of 45 –too young- due to stomach cancer.

Rev. Dr. Orlando Costas wrote about 13 books, including Christ Outside the Gate: Mission Beyond Christendom,Comunicación por medio de la predicación: Manual de Homilética, and Liberating News: A Theology of Contextual Evangelization.

J. Daniel Salinas

Daniel Salinas was born and raised in Colombia, and earned a PhD in Historical Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Currently, he leads the Theological Education Initiative of United World Mission, and serves as professor of theology and church history at the Fundación Universitaria Seminario Bíblico de Colombia in Medellín, Colombia.

His publications include Taking Up the Mantle: Latin American Evangelical Theology in the 20thCentury(Langham Global Library, 2017), and Prosperity Theology and the Gospel: Good News or Bad News for the Poor? (Lausanne Library, 2017).

Jules A. Martínez Olivieri

Jules A. Martínez is a Puerto Rican systematic theologian, professor, and minister. He holds a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL, where he also completed a PhD in Systematic Theology under the mentorship of Kevin J. Vanhoozer in 2013. Dr. Martínez also has a rich and diverse teaching experience, having taught at seminaries in Puerto Rico, Bolivia, Guatemala, Perú, and the United States. Likewise, his ministerial experience has been diverse, serving churches in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

His first book A Visible Witness: Christology, Liberation, and Participation, published by Fortress Press in 2016, is the most recent Christological treatment by a Latin American theologian. His other publications include “¿Quién Vive? ¡Cristo! Christology in Latin American Perspectives,” in Jesus without Borders: Christology in the Majority World(Eerdmans, 2014); “Liberation Theology,” in T&T Clark Companion to Atonement(T&T Clark, 2017); and “There is a Method to the Madness: On Christological Commitments of Eternal Functional Subordination of the Son,” in Trinity Without Hierarchy: Reclaiming Nicene Orthodoxy in Evangelical Theology (Kregel Publications, 2019).

Nelson R. Morales Fredes

Nelson Morales, originally from Chile, serves as Professor of New Testament at the Seminario Teológico Centroamericano (SETECA) in Guatemala. He graduated with a PhD in New Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2015.

His publications include Introducción al griego bíblico(Editorial Vida, 2015);Poor and Rich in James: A Relevance Theory Approach to James’s Use of the Old Testament(Eisenbrauns, 2018); and “The Kingdom of God: Latin American Biblical Reflections on Eschatology,” in All Things New: Eschatology in the Majority World (Langham Global Library, 2019).

Sandra Maria Van Opstal

Sandra Maria Van Opstal is a second-generation Latina pastoring at Grace and Peace Community on the west-side of Chicago. She is a preacher, liturgist, and activist re-imagining the intersection between worship and justice. Sandra also served as Director of Worship for the Urbana Missions Conference. She graduated with a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2011.

Her publications include The Next Worship: Glorifying God in a Diverse World (IVP Books, 2015), and The Mission of Worship (IVP Books, 2012).

Osvaldo Padilla

Osvaldo Padilla was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to the U.S.A. as a teenager. He graduated in 2003 with an MA in New Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and went on to complete a PhD in King’s College, University of Aberdeen. Currently, he serves as Professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School, where he teaches New Testament and Greek.

His publications include The Acts of the Apostles: Interpretation, History and Theology(IVP Academic, 2016); and The Speeches of Outsiders in Acts: Poetics, Theology, and Historiography (Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Milton A. Acosta Benítez

Milton A. Acosta was born in Barranquilla, Colombia. He graduated with a PhD in Old Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2005. He currently serves as professor of Old Testament at the Fundación Universitaria Seminario Bíblico de Colombia in Medellín, Colombia.

His publications include El humor en el Antiguo Testamento(Editorial Puma, 2009), and El mensaje del profeta Oseas: Una teología práctica para combatir la corrupción (Editorial Puma, 2018).

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