Juan F. Martínez, PhD
Vice President for Diversity and International Ministries
Juan Martínez was named vice president for diversity and international ministries in September 2015, while also continuing as professor of Hispanic studies and pastoral leadership. Since coming to Fuller in 2001, Martínez has served as vice provost, as associate provost for diversity and international programs, and as director of the Center for the Study of Hispanic Church and Community. Among other topics, his current 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.
Martínez has published a number of books, most recently Churches, Cultures and Leadership (with Mark Lau Branson, 2011) and Los Protestantes: Latino Protestantism in the United States (2011), chapters in edited volumes, and articles in many journals in both English and Spanish. In addition, he was a regional editor for the Global Dictionary of Theology (2008). 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 serves as president of the Asociación para Educación Teológica Hispana (AETH). Martínez is a recipient of a Templeton Grant through USC to study Latino Pentecostalism in Los Angeles.