The Rev. Dr. José David Rodríguez, Augustana Heritage Chair of Global Mission and World Christianity and professor of systematic theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), has been elected to serve as chancellor of the Evangelical Institute of Theological Studies (ISEDET) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The appointment is for three years, beginning July 1, 2011. Dr. Rodríguez will remain a faculty member at LSTC and continue to work with the Ph.D. students he advises.
“This is a great honor for our colleague,” said Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Shelley. “LSTC has been blessed for many years by the gifts that Dr. Rodríguez and other faculty members from the global church offer to those who study here. Through this appointment, Dr. Rodríguez will be helping to prepare future leaders for nine denominations in Latin America. This corresponds so completely with LSTC’s mission, vision, and values, we must rejoice in this opportunity, even though we will miss our friend and colleague.”
Dr. Rodríguez was born in Puerto Rico and possesses a rich pastoral and academic background. While growing up, he lived in Argentina from 1960 to 1963, when his father was a professor of systematic theology and ethics at the Facultad Luterna Teologia. That school merged with other seminaries to become ISEDET.
Rodríguez is one of the earlier Lutheran Latino scholars in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and its predecessor bodies. He was ordained in 1975 and served congregations in Puerto Rico and Chicago. He earned the Th.M. and Ph.D. degrees at LSTC. He taught at the Seminario Evangelico de Puerto Rico and the Comunidad Teologica de Mexico, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Ill., and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lombard, Ill., before joining the Lutheran School of Theology faculty in 1985.
For approximately 20 years, Rodríguez served as director of the Hispanic/Latino Ministry program at LSTC. He was director of LSTC’s Th.M./Ph.D. Program for three years. Rodríguez has been a long-standing recruiter, coordinator, and teacher of students for the various ministries of the Church. His scholarship in the areas of systematic theology, ethics, world Christianity, mission, and ministry has enriched the resources of interdisciplinary studies in North America, Latin America, and other parts of the world. In 2009, he published La Vocacion, in the Abingdon Press “Ministerio Series.” A list of Rodríguez’s other publications is at http://www.lstc.edu/about/faculty/jose-david-rodriguez/.
Saler to serve as visiting lecturer
The Rev. Dr. Robert Saler (2007, M.Div.; 2009, Th.M.; 2011, Ph.D.) will serve as visiting lecturer of systematic theology for the 2011-2012 school year, teaching Systematic Theology I and Systematic Theology II.
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