Juan F. Martínez

Professor of Hispanic Studies and Pastoral Leadership

MDiv, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary
ThM, PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary

Courses Taught

CH500: Historia de la Iglesia Primitiva

DP526: Anabaptist History, Theology, and Church Polity

ET501: Ética Cristiana

GM509: Las Bases del Ministerio

GM574: Iglesia Evangélica Latina

MN700: Tutorial: Urban Mission

MT700: Tutorial: Mission Theology

OD722: Missional Leadership and Multiculturalism

OD729: Theology and Ministry in an Urban Context

OD777: Biblical Missional Transformation

PM503: Teología Pastoral

PR521: Predicación Multicultural

TH884/554: Critical Approaches to Latin American and Latino Theology

TM507: Ethnicities and Churches (USA)

Campus Affiliations

Areas of Expertise

Latino Protestantism in the United States and Latin America, transnationalism and mission, intercultural church relations, theological education in Latin America and among Latinos in the United States, alternative models of theological education, Anabaptism in Latin America

“Tengo el privilegio de ayudar a gente conectar con su llamado divino a través de la educación teológica y el apoyo pastoral. Como puente también me toca conectar a gente con oportunidades, conectar a personas de diferentes culturas, etnicidades e idiomas los unos con los otros y conectar a personas y organizaciones con visiones comunes para que puedan servir a Dios y a otros en maneras nuevas y creativas.”


Dr. Martínez, reflecting on vocation with a variety of voices from the Fuller community.


Juan Martínez currently serves as professor of Hispanic studies and pastoral leadership. Since coming to Fuller in 2001, Martínez has served as vice president for diversity and international ministries, vice provost, associate provost for diversity and international programs, and director of the Center for the Study of Hispanic Church and Community. Among other topics, his research focuses on the history of Latino Protestantism, Latino Protestant identity, ministry in Latino Protestant churches, Latino and Latin American Anabaptists, and transnational mission among US Latinos.

Martínez joined Fuller from the Latin American Anabaptist Seminary in Guatemala City, Guatemala, where he served as rector for nine years. A Mennonite Brethren pastor, Martínez also has experience in church planting and teaching in both religious and secular venues. He served as director of Hispanic Ministries for the Pacific District Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church and of Instituto Bíblico del Pacífico, a Mennonite Brethren Bible Institute.

Most recently Martínez has published the books Churches, Cultures and Leadership (with Mark Lau Branson, 2011), Los Protestantes: Latino Protestantism in the United States (2011), Los Evangélicos: Portraits of Latino Protestantism in the United States (coedited with Lindy Scott, 2009), Walk with the People: Latino Ministry in the United States/Caminando entre el pueblo: Ministerio latino en los Estados Unidos (2008), and Vivir y servir en el exilio: Lecturas teológicas de la experiencia latina en los Estados Unidos (coedited with Jorge Maldonado, 2008). He has also contributed chapters to several books: Hispanic American Religious Cultures (2009), Building Bridges, Doing Justice: Constructing a Latino/a Ecumenical Theology (2009), and Evangelicals and Empire: Christian Alternatives to the Political Status Quo (2008). In addition, he was a regional editor for the Global Dictionary of Theology (2008).

Martínez has published articles in many journals in both English and Spanish, including the Journal of Mennonite StudiesKairosMennonite Quarterly ReviewNew Mexico Historical ReviewEsperanza en CaminoApuntes, and Direction. Currently he is involved in a research project on Latino Pentecostalism in Los Angeles through the Center for Religion and Civic Culture of the University of Southern California.

He serves on the board of several associations, including Centro Hispano de Estudios Teológicos (CHET), and previously served as president of the Asociación para Educación Teológica Hispana (AETH). Martínez was formerly a recipient of a Templeton Grant through USC to study Latino Pentecostalism in Los Angeles.

Download Dr.Martínez’s CV, which includes a list of his current publications, here.

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