Nelson Rivera Appointed Associate Professor of Theology at Moravian Seminary
The Board of Trustees of Moravian Theological Seminary, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, has announced that the Rev. Dr. Nelson Rivera, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Hispanic Ministry and Director of the Latino Concentration at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), will join the Moravian Theological Seminary faculty this fall as Associate Professor of Theology.
Dr. Rivera earned his PhD from Temple University, and since 2000 has been a member of the LTSP faculty. He has served LTSP since 2008 as Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Hispanic Ministry (with tenure) and until recently as Chair of the History and Systematic Theology Area. Among his many publications, Dr. Rivera has authored The Earth Is Our Home, an interdisciplinary study in the field of science and religion; served as editor and one of the translators of Ritos Ocasionales, a 325-page liturgical resource for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA); and is currently co-authoring one book and co-editing five others in a series of theological/educational books under contract to Fortress Press.
Dr. Rivera was born, raised, and first employed as an adult in Puerto Rico. Ordained by the ELCA in 1987, he served pastorates in Puerto Rico until 1993. He has continued to preach and teach in local congregations since coming to the US, and has been engaged for almost 20 years in ongoing leadership roles in Hispanic/Latino and intercultural programs and ministries at the local, regional, and national level in the ELCA. He is married, and has four daughters and a grandson.
LTSP president the Rev. Dr. David Lose shared the following about Dr. Rivera’s tenure at the seminary: “A graduate of LTSP, Nelson has made his alma mater very proud as a distinguished scholar, excellent teacher, and superb colleague. His work in the area of Latino ministry has had an impact across the ELCA, and his explorations of the intersections between Luther’s theology and the work of figures such as Charles Darwin have made him one of the most thoughtful theologians in the country on the relationship between theology and science. While we will miss his quiet, confident presence at LTSP and the soon-to-be United Lutheran Seminary, we rejoice for this opportunity for him and for the students and colleagues he will so positively impact at Moravian Seminary.”