JKM Library is a really good theological library for studies in theology and Bible. I’m grateful for the expertise of the staff who have been able to find whatever resources I’ve requested.
Student Profile: Jonathan Pimentel Chacón
Degree: 2012, Th.M./Ph.D.
The JKM Library, the University of Chicago, and time to do research and writing are what make LSTC an excellent place for Jonathan Pimentel Chacón to earn his doctorate. "Dr. Luis Rivera-Pagan told me about the resources in Chicago and doctoral fellowships available from the Hispanic Theological Initiative," Jonathan says.
Jonathan is one of only 20 doctoral fellows supported by the Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI) at seminaries and divinity schools in the United States. Students receive a scholarship award and mentoring as they prepare themselves to be educators and leaders who will have an impact in Latino/a faith communities and communities in general.
A faculty member of the Universidad Biblica Latinoamericana and the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, Jonathan is interested in a wide variety of topics. He appreciates the freedom he has at LSTC to pursue the topics that interest him. His dissertation will blend liberation theologies and the writing of Latin American theologian Juan Carlos Onetti in an analysis of space, freedom and form. "At the core of Christian theology is a discussion of those three things," Jonathan says.
"JKM Library is a really good theological library for studies in theology and Bible. I'm grateful for the expertise of the staff who have been able to find whatever resources I've requested," he says.
Jonathan is on schedule to finish his doctoral degree in the minimum four years. For others considering doing doctoral work, he says, "With the freedom LSTC allows, it's best to have some basic idea of what you want to do before you get here so you don't have to spend a lot of time figuring that out."