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Cultural Engagement: Understanding the Diversity of the Hispanic Community

Dr. Darrell Bock talks with Dr. Michael Ortiz, director of DTS en Español, Nancy Reyes Frazier, a Ph.D. student at DTS, and Marlon Ivan Rios, who works in the Office of Hispanic Ministries for the Baptist General Convention of Texas, about the interactions among Hispanic believers and a more robust understanding of the Hispanic community.

Darrell L. Bock
Dr. Bock is senior research professor of New Testament and executive director for cultural engagement at Dallas Theological Seminary. He has authored or edited more than forty books, including Jesus according to Scripture: Restoring the Portrait from the Gospels, Jesus in Context: Background Readings for Gospel Study, Studying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Sources and Methods, Jesus the Messiah: Tracing the Promises, Expectations, and Coming of Israel’s King, Who Is Jesus?: Linking the Historical Jesus with the Christ of Faith, and Key Events in the Life of the Historical Jesus: A Collaborative Exploration of Context and Coherence.
Marlon Ivan Rios
Marlon Iván Ríos was born in Reynosa Tamaulipas México. His parents immigrated to the United States when he was 7 years of age and lived in Hidalgo TX. He is married to Carolina and they have been married for 16 years, and have three children: Joshua Daniel (15), Joel David (12), and Rebekah Carolina (7). Marlon serves in the office of Hispanic Ministries at the cultural engagement department at the Baptist General Convention of Texas. He teaches Basic Theology and Historical Theology at the Spanish Lay Institute for SETECA at the DTS extension. The ministry that God has entrusted he and his family has been in the U.S. but also in Latin America, particularly in México teaching others the importance of evangelism and discipleship. He served in the United States ARMY for six years and deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran in the 82 Airborne division and a Special Operations unit. His passions are: God, family, tacos, coffee, reading, and working-out.
Michael A. Ortiz
Associate Professor World Missions and Intercultural Studies, Director of DTS en Español JD, Southern Methodist University, 1988; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary, 2008; PhD, Seminario Teológico Centroamericano (SETECA), 2015. Dr. Ortiz moved to Dallas from Sarasota, Florida with his wife, Kathy, in November 2015, but they are not strangers to Dallas as they lived here while he was getting his ThM from DTS in 2008. They have two children: Michael and Alyssa. He and Kathy have been married for over 30 years and now attend Northwest Bible Church. He is Cuban American with a passion for theological education in the Hispanic Community. He has had extensive ministry in Cuba related to leadership development and contextualization within the Cuban setting. He is also a practicing attorney and enjoys cycling, fishing, and photography.
Nancy Frazier
Nancy P. Reyes Frazier (ThM 2017) is currently pursuing a PhD in Systematic Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Her interests include the intersection of theology and culture, the nature of revelation, and the role of theology in communal ethics and spiritual formation. You can connect with Nancy on Twitter @npfrazier.
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