José David Rodriguez Augustana Heritage Chair of Global Mission and World Christianity


Areas of Expertise

    Topics that Dr. Rodriguez is available to address at adult forums and other congregational events

    Systematic Theology
    World Christianity
    Latino/a Theology
    Post-Colonial Thought


    B.A. Universidad de Puerto Rico
    M.Div. Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
    Th.M. Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
    Ph.D. Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago


José David Rodriguez is the Augustana Heritage Chair of Global Mission and World Christianity and the Director of Advanced Studies at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC).

Ordained in 1975, Rodriguez served congregations in Puerto Rico and Chicago. He held visiting appointments at the Seminario Evangelico de Puerto Rico and the Comunidad Teologica de Mexico, and was an adjunct faculty member at Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Ill., and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lombard, Ill., before joining the Lutheran School of Theology faculty in 1985.

His service to the church includes membership on a number of boards, including the editorial boards of the Association for the Theological Education of Hispanics and the Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology. He was co-chair and planner of the first meeting of Hispanic-Latina theologians and ethicists held at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is also member of the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians (EATWOT). From 1997 to 2001 he was coordinator of EATWOT’s U.S. Minorities Region.

Rodriguez has contributed articles and or book reviews to The Lutheran, Currents in Theology and Mission, Apuntes, Journal of Religion (University of Chicago), and Voces Luteranas. He is currently working on the planning, coordinating, and publishing of the Rev. Evaristo Falco-Esteves lecture series.

Rodriguez received the bachelor of arts from Universidad de Puerto Rico in the area of Philosophy (with honors). He earned the master of divinity, master of theology and doctor of theology degrees at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

Published Works


    Romanos, José David Rodríguez and David Cortés Fuentes (Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress Press, 2011)

    La Vocación (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2009)

    Teología en Conjunto: Christian Theology From A Hispanic/Latina Perspective. Co-edited with Loyda Marterll-Otero of the First Encuentro of Hispanic/Latina Theologians and Ethicists held at Princeton Theological Seminary on June 8-9, 1996. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1997.

    Justicia en nombre de Dios: Confesando la fe desde una perspectiva Hispana. A collection of Bible studies, sermons and lectures dealing with the confessing witness of faith from a Hispanic Perspective. Chicago: Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Hispanic Latino Ministry Program, 2002.

    Relectura de la teología de Lutero desde el contexto del Tercer Mundo. Co-edited with Nelson Kirst. Mexico: Publicacions El Faro, 1995.

    Articles and Chapters in Books

    “The Virgin of Guadalupe from a Latino/a Protestant Perspective: A Dangerous Narrative to Counter Colonial and Imperialistic Power,” in American Magnificat: Protestants on Mary of Guadalupe.  Edited by Maxwell E. Johnson (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2010), 127-139

    Shaping Soteriology a la Latina: Christian Theology and Writer Piri Thomas”  Building Bridges, Doing Justice (New York: Maryknoll, Orbis Books, 2009) 112-140

    “From Memory to Faithful Witness: The Power and Ambiguities of Religious Narratives (Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18),” Currents in Theology and Mission Vol. 35 No. 4 (August 2008): 264-267

    "Hanging on a Ghetto Cross: Piri Thomas and Latino Protestant Popular Religion," in Currents in Theology and Mission 31/4 (2004) 298-305.

    "Black Theology's Impact on the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians," in Living Stones in the Household of God: The Legacy and Future of Black Theology. Edited by Linda E. Thomas (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004), 100-106.

    Augusto "Cesar" Sandino: Messiah of Light and Truth, by Marco Aurelio Navarro-Génie in Journal of Religion (April, 2004).

    "We Hear in our Own Language: Culture, Theology and Ethics, "written in collaboration with Dr. Richard Perry in Faithful Conversations: Christian Perspectives on Homosexuality. Edited by James Childs, Jr. (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003), 81-96.

    "In Search for the Messiah in the Mission Field." Currents in Theology and Mission 28/3-4 (2001) 322-5.

    "Confessing the Faith from a Hispanic Perspective." In Protestantes/Protestants: Hispanic Christianity Within Mainline Traditions, ed. David Maldonado, Jr. Nashville: Abingdon, 1999. Pp. 107-22.

    Presentacion del libro: Desde la Reforma: El impacto de la Reforma Protestante en los grupos destituidos por Giacomo Cassese. Pueblo Unido Editores, 1998. Pp. 1-2.

    "Confessing Our Faith in Spanish: Challenge or Promise." In Hispanic Theology: Challenge and Promise, ed. Ada Mar'a Isasi-D'az and Fernando Segovia. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1996. Pp. 351-366.

    Collaboration in other published works

    Coordinator and editor of the Rdo. Evaristo Falcó lecture series initiated by the Hispanic Latino Ministry Program at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. The following is a list of published lectures:

    • Voces de protesta en America Latina (Westhelle). Editor of the Rdo. Evaristo falco. Mexico/ LSTC, Hispanic/Latino Ministry Program, 2000.
    • La Iglesia, signo y primicia del Reino (José D. Rodríguez-Rivera). Chicago: Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Hispanic Latino Ministry Program, 2003.

    Associate Editor of Diccionario Ilustrado de Intérpretes de la Fe: Veinte Siglos de Pensamiento Cristiano. Barcelona: Editorial CLIE, 2004.

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