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Dr. Alvin Padilla

Dean of the Latino and Global Ministries program (LGM), Professor of New Testament

Email: [email protected]
First Year at Gordon-Conwell:
 1997

Biography:

Dr. Alvin Padilla returns to Gordon-Conwell in 2022 as Professor of New Testament and Dean of the Latino and Global Ministries program (LGM). Originally known as the Hispanic Ministries Program, he conceptualized and launched the program in 2010 after serving as Executive Dean and Associate Professor of New Testament of Gordon-Conwell’s Boston Campus, the Campus for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME).

For the past five years, Dr. Padilla supported Western Theological Seminary as Academic Dean, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, and Director of Advanced Degrees.

A graduate of Gordon-Conwell’s Master of Divinity program, Dr. Padilla went on to obtain a Master of Philosophy and a PhD from Drew University in New Testament and Early Christian Literature. He taught at Nyack College, Spanish Eastern School of Theology, New York Theological Seminary and pastored Fort Washington Heights Presbyterian Church in New York City. He is an ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the Reformed Church in America (RCA) and has also served as the interim pastor of churches in Newton and Lawrence, MA, and Windham, NH.

In addition to his leadership, pastoral, and teaching roles, Dr. Padilla is a bilingual author and presenter with expertise in urban ministry, the Church and postmodernity, and multiculturalism. He holds professional memberships in the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Asociación para La Educación Teológica Hispana. Having written commentaries on the Gospels of John and Luke for Fortress Press, he is currently working on a commentary on the Book of Hebrews.

Alvin is married to Cathy, and they have five children and three granddaughters.

Degrees

  • B.S. (Villanova University)
  • M.Div. (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)
  • M.Phil., Ph.D. (Drew University Graduate School)

Featured Publications

    

Select List of Publications

  • El Evangelio de Juan. Conozca su Biblia. Fortress Press, 2010.
  • El Evangelio de Lucas. Conozca su Biblia. Fortress Press, 2007.
  • Numerous articles in The Westminster Dictionary of Theologians. Edited by Justo L. Gonzalez. Westminster/John Knox Press, 2006.
  • Hispanic Christian Thought at the Dawn of the 21st Century: Apuntes in Honor of Justo L. Gonzalez. Edited by Eldin Villafañe, Roberto Goizueta and Alvin Padilla. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2005. (Responsible for soliciting and editing articles, writing the introduction.)
  • Various articles in Diccionario Ilustrado de Interpretes de la Fe. Veinte Siglos de Pensamiento Cristiano. Edited by Justo L. Gonzalez. Barcelona, Spain: CLIE, 2004.
  • “Living in the Hyphen: Theological Literacy from an Hispanic-American Context,” in Theological Literacy for the Twenty-First Century. Edited by Rodney L. Petersen with Nancy M. Rourke. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2002.
  • Clemens Romanus, the Princepatus, and Episcopacy: Reassessing a First Century Date for the Letter of the Church of Rome to the Church of Corinth. 1997.

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