Methodist Minister, Latino Christianity Expert to Discuss Future Minority Majority

A Methodist minister and Hispanic Christianity expert will discuss the future’s minority majority at a Nebraska Wesleyan University lecture on Tuesday, April 20.

David Maldonado, Jr.David Maldonado, Jr., a native of Sequin, Texas, is an ordained elder in the Rio Grande Conference of the United Methodist Church and director of the Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. His lecture, “2040— The Minority Majority: Preparing for a New American Reality” will begin at 7 p.m. in Callen Conference Center.

Maldonado served a president of the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado, from 2000-2004 and on the faculty of the Perkins School of Theology from 1984-2000. Prior to his work in higher education, Maldonado served as pastor of a United Methodist congregation in Fort Worth, Texas, in the Social Program Department of the mayor’s office in San Francisco, Calif., as a community organizer for the Fort Worth Metropolitan Board of Missions, and as executive director of the Office of Economic Opportunity Migrant Project in Wichita County, Kansas.

His is the author of Crossing Guadalupe Street: Growing Up Hispanic and Protestant. The memoir tells of his upbringing in Sequin, Texas, a town strongly divided by Hispanic Protestants and Hispanic Catholics.

He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Distinguished Alumnus Award of Perkins School of Theology and the Dallas Mexican Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year.

His lecture is free and open to the public. Callen Conference Center is located on the lower level of the Smith-Curtis Administration Building, one block east of 50th Street and St. Paul Ave.

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