Assistant Professor of Children at Risk
School of Intercultural Studies
BA, Seattle Pacific University
MA, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary
PhD, Asbury Theological Seminary
Desiree Segura-April joined the Fuller faculty in 2007 as assistant professor of children at risk in the School of Intercultural Studies, after serving as adjunct assistant professor. She previously lived in San Jose, Costa Rica, where she was adjunct professor in the Center for Cross-Cultural Ministries at ESEPA Universidad Cristiana Internacional, and an affiliate professor on Asbury Theological Seminary’s virtual campus.
Segura-April published two chapters in the recent book Shaping the Future: Girls and Our Destiny (2008) and has presented papers and lectures on the girl-child in Latin America. Her current research focuses on case studies of churches in Latin America who are ministering with children at risk as well as research into ministry with the girl child around the world. Both are a part of research grants from the Fuller Youth Institute.
She represents Fuller on the Global Alliance for Training Programs in Holistic Child Development and the Global Children’s Forum, both collaborative groups working towards equipping and mobilizing people to share the gospel with children holistically. Segura-April also has nine years of pastoral experience involving program development for ministries to children, in addition to extensive experience in organizing short-term mission trips. In addition to the courses listed below, she teaches children at risk conference courses. Further children at risk courses are under development. She is also the faculty advisor for the Children at Risk Student Group.
MB501- Insights for Cultural Understanding
MD543- Ministry with Children at Risk
MD545- Ministry with Street Children
MD551- The Girl Child: Problem and Potential
MD555- Learning with Children
MD575- Childhood in Global Perspective: Foundations for Mission with Children at Risk
Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching:
Mission with children at risk, the girl-child, Latin America, the evangelization of children, marginalized children, holistic ministry with children, children’s ministries
Dr. Segura-April's CV.