At Ashland Theological Seminary, we gladly welcome Dr. Juan Martínez as our new Executive Dean and Vice President, beginning July 1. Dr. Martínez served as professor of Hispanic studies and pastoral leadership at Fuller Seminary. Since coming to Fuller in 2001, Dr. Martínez 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.
Martínez’ academic research has focused on U.S. Latinos, Latin American Protestantism and on how migrants take their faith with them. Specifically, he has published several books on U.S. Latino Protestants, intercultural relations in the church, and on Latino and Latin American Anabaptism. His current focus is on transnationalism and mission and the theological formation of leaders in Latin American Pentecostal contexts.
Dr. Martínez was the 2019 recipient of the C. Davis Weyerhaeuser Award for Excellence, which is Fuller’s highest honor of distinction given to a deserving faculty by his or her peers.
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.
Thank you to Dr. Wayne McCown for leading the Seminary with excellence in his interim role. He and his wife Darlene will be missed, and we ask God to bless their ongoing journey.