SACRAMENTO, Calif.–M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas), PhD, Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Denver Seminary in Denver, Colo., has been appointed as the Immigration Spokesperson for The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (www.NHCLC.org), also known as the Hispanic Evangelical Association, the nation’s largest Christian Hispanic organization. He is a NHCLC board member. Dr. Carroll Rodas, who celebrates his heritage from both Guatemala and the United States, joined the Denver Seminary faculty in 1996. He currently is Distinguished Professor of Old Testament. He is affiliated with the Evangelical Theological Society, Institute of Biblical Research, Society of Biblical Literature, Society for Old Testament Study (Great Britain), Fraternidad Teológica Latinoamericana, Latin American Studies Association, and Evangelicals for Social Action. He serves on the international editorial boards of Religion & Theology (South Africa) and DavarLogos (Argentina), is a contributing editor to Prism (the journal of Evangelicals for Social Action), and is an editorial consultant for Ex Auditu. “It will be an honor and a privilege to serve as the NHCLC National Spokesperson on Immigration,” said Dr. Carroll R. “The Scriptures have much to say about God’s love for the sojourner. My hope is that the NHCLC continue to provide a clear and constructive Christian voice within the national discussion on immigration.” Dr. Jim “Jaime” Tolle, Senior Pastor of La Iglesia En El Camino, the Spanish-speaking sister church of The Church On The Way, in Van Nuys, Calif., said, “Dr. Carroll is a distinguished biblical scholar who has proven his credentials in the classroom, through research, and through his communicative abilities, both in writing and speaking. By having been raised bicultural and bilingual by parents – one Anglo Saxon, the other Guatemalan – who represent the growing inter-cultural nature of our ever-changing world, Dr. Carroll is also personally and intimately acquainted with the challenges faced by immigrants. I welcome and applaud Dr. Carroll’s appointment. He brings refreshing biblical and practical insight to the immigration reform dialog.” Prior to Dr. Carroll R.’s appointment to Denver Seminary, he was professor of Old Testament and ethics and director of graduate studies at El Seminario Teológico Centroamericano in Guatemala City, Guatemala. He remains an adjunct professor there. Dr. Carroll R. also maintains connections to Latin American theological education through his continuing participation in the accreditation commission of AETAL (Asociación Evangélica de Educación Teológica en América Latina). He was instrumental in the establishment of IDEAL (Instituto para el Desarrollo y Adiestramiento de Líderes), a Spanish-language training program at Denver Seminary, and regularly teaches in that program. He attends Iglesia El Camino in Aurora, Colo. Dr. Carroll R. has authored Contexts for Amos: Prophetic Poetics in Latin American Perspective and Amos- the Prophet and His Oracles: Research on the Book of Amos. He has edited Rethinking Context, Rereading Texts: Contributions from the Social Sciences to Biblical Interpretation and Theory and Practice in Old Testament Ethics. Besides co-editing six other books, including Global Readings: Reading the Bible in the Majority World, which will appear later this year, Dr. Carroll R. has contributed to several dictionaries and one-volume commentaries. He has published articles in Spanish and English language journals, including Kairós, Bulletin for Biblical Research, Tyndale Bulletin, Trinity Journal,Biblical Interpretation, Journal of Latin American Theology, and Religion & Theology. Presently he is working on a major commentary on Amos for the New International Commentary on the Old Testament series. His latest book, Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church and the Bible is a biblical-theological orientation to Hispanic immigration and has been translated into Spanish. Dr. Carroll earned a Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield, England, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a B.A. from Rice University. Dr. Carroll blogs on immigration at http://www.denverseminary.edu/m-daniel-carroll-r-immigration-and-other-matters/. The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference is the Hispanic Evangelical Association unifying, serving and representing the Hispanic Born Again Community via 34,200 member churches and 16 million constituents by reconciling the vertical and horizontal of the Christian message through the 7 Directives of Life, Family, Great Commission, Stewardship, Justice, Education and Youth.
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