Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago alumnus the Rev. Dr. Javier Alanis (1998, Th.M.; 2002, Ph.D.) has been appointed as interim executive director of the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest (LSPS). The Rev. Dr. Eliseo Perez (1993, Th.M.; 2000, Ph.D.) will coordinate the Theological Education for Emerging Ministries (TEEM) program and serve as professor of systematic theology for LSPS.
The Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest, an extension program of LSTC and Wartburg Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas, is committed to training leaders for ministry in multicultural and Hispanic settings. In the last year, LSPS has focused on doing this through a bi-lingual non-degree TEEM program that does not require students to relocate to campus.
“We are confident in Dr. Alanis’ leadership abilities and his interest and connections that will strengthen the TEEM program and its focus on the Hispanic cultural setting,” said LSTC President James Echols and Wartburg Seminary President Duane Larson.
Alanis joined the LSPS faculty in January 2000 and has served as associate professor of theology, culture and mission and associate academic dean. His academic interests include Latino spirituality, contextual borderland theology, and the ethics of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. Perez joined the LSPS faculty in 2004 after teaching at seminaries in Mexico and Puerto Rico. He is the author of three books, We Be Jammin: Liberating Discourses from the Land of the Seven Flags; The Gospel to the Calypsonians: The Caribbean, Bible and Liberation Theology; and Comentario de Marcos. He is co-editor of Lutero al habla; Antología.
Alanis and Perez were appointed to lead LSPS after the Rev. Dr. Wayne Menking resigned as executive director of the program. He had served LSPS since 2001.
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