Javier (Jay) Alanis Director at the Lutheran Seminary Program of the Southwest


Areas of Expertise

    Mission Theology and Practice

    Cross-Cultural Studies

    U.S. Borderland Theology


    Latino/a Theology

    Systematic Theology and Ethics

    Ministry and Pastoral Arts


    B.A., Washington University & The University of Madrid, Spain

    M.I.M., American Graduate School of International Management

    J.D., University of Texas

    M.Div., The Lutheran Seminary Program of the Southwest

    Th.M., Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

    Ph.D., Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago


After his graduation from LSPS in May, 1992, Jay was ordained and served Trinity Lutheran Church in San Antonio, Texas for four years.  During that time he chaired the Multicultural Committee of the Southwest Texas Synod and also served on the board of the Multicultural Commission of the ELCA. He was then invited to pursue doctoral studies at LSTC and graduated with a Ph.D. in June, 2002.  Jay joined the faculty of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago at its extension program in Austin in January of 2000.

Jay’s academic interests include contextual borderland theology, Latino/a spirituality and the ethics of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther King, Jr.  His doctoral dissertation focused on the history of the imago Dei (image of God) construct as a venue for welcoming the stranger in an alien land.  In 2006 and 2019, he was invited to be a part of a panel that examined the subject of border walls at an international conference held in Berlin and at the Lutheran center in Wittenberg, Germany.  He was a keynote speaker at the Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly in April, 2009 and the guest preacher at the Southwestern Texas Synod Assembly in May, 2009.   He has been a presenter and preacher at various church forums and assemblies.  He has also taught from his dissertation topic at ISEDET seminary in Buenos Aires, Argentina and at Holden Village in Washington State.  He has been appointed to serve on the board of Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas. For a more comprehensive view of his bio, you are invited to visit the LSPS website or his personal website.

Published Works

    “Borderland Ethics Sin Fronteras: Borderland Ethics Without Borders, Neighbor-Love in Liminal Spaces,” in Currents in Theology and Mission, 2019.

    “Bartolomé de las Casas,” in Living Lutheran, July, 2018.

    Prayers and Devotions, Christ in our Home, Augsburg Fortress, April, 2014, 2018.

    Free Indeed, Devotions for Lent 2017, Augsburg Fortress, March, 2017.

    Prayers and Devotions, Bread for the Journey, Augsburg Fortress, 2014.

    “Faithful Doubting.” Ratherview, A Publication of the Seminary of the Southwest, (Summer 2009).

    “Created in the Image of Diosito,” in A Handbook for Latino/a Theology, eds. Miguel de la Torre and Edwin Aponte, Chalice Press, 2006.

    “Reflections on Technology and Pedagogy in Theological Education:  Five Case Studies,” The Wabash Teaching Theology and Religion Journal, Vol. 10.2, 2006.

    “La Imago Dei Encarnada en Nepantla desde la Perspectiva de un Latino,” en Lutero descalzo:  Una lectura afro-indo-mestiza, ed.  Eliseo Pérez Alvarez, México, D.F.: Editorial El Faro. (2006).

    “The Image of God as Embodied in Nepantla from the Perspective of a Latino,” in Currents in Theology, Vol. 32 (December 2005).

    “Introduction” to “The German Nobility,” in Lutero al habla, eds. Giacomo Cassese & Eliseo Pérez-Alvarez, México, D.F.: Editorial El Faro, 2005.

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