Carlos F. Cardoza-Orlandi, Ph.D.

Carlos F. Cardoza-Orlandi, Ph.D.
Frederick E. Roach Professor of World Christianity
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Frederick E. Roach Professor of World Christianity

  • Princeton Theological Seminary Ph.D. Area of studies, Mission, Ecumenics and History of Religions with concentration in Latin America & the Caribbean, May 1999
  • Princeton Theological Seminary Master of Theology: Area of Studies, Mission, Ecumenics and History of Religions, May 1990
  • Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico Master of Divinity, May 1987
  • University of Puerto Rico B.A. in General Studies, May 1984. Thesis: “The Responsibility of the Church to the Poor”
Other Professional and Vocational Credentials
  • Cox Business School, Southern Methodist University, Certificate in Leadership, (Certificate, November 2017)
  • Ordained Minister of the Iglesia Cristiana (Discípulos de Cristo) en Puerto Rico 
  • Member of Primera Bautista, Waco, Texas

Carlos Cardoza is a Puerto Rican, husband to his high school sweetheart, Aida Lizzette Oquendo (Lizzie), and father to three adult sons, Carlos Andrés, Juan, and Esteban. He enjoys spending time with family and sharing una tacita de café with family and friends. He is passionate about teaching, learning, justice, and a daily re-discovery of the gospel.

Academic Interests and Research

Carlos Cardoza is an interdisciplinary scholar and historian in the fields of world Christianity and mission studies. His interests intersect and interplay (1) the historical and current interpretations of the movement of the Christian religion (transmission, reception, appropriation and re-transmission of the Christian religion), particularly in the global south (Africa, Asia & Latin America) both at institutional and popular levels; (2) the socio-religious and cultural interplay between Christians and people of other faiths, particularly those who practice Afro-Caribbean, Amerindian, Spiritist religions, and Islam; and (3) the theoretical and theological/missiological constructions of the current interplay between cultures and religions in Africa, Asia and Latin America, including immigrants and transnational movements.

Professional Activities
  • 2019-20 Workshop for Early Career Theological School Faculty, Team Leader, Wabash Center, Wabash College, 2019-2020;
  • 2016-17 Wabash Center Workshop for Pre-Tenure Theological School Faculty, Team Leader, Wabash Center, Wabash College, 2016-2017;
  • Member of the Editorial Board for New Room Books, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, 2016 to the present;
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Missiology: An International Journal (2014 to present)
  • Mentor for the Hispanic Theological Initiative Consortium (1997 to the present)
  • Consultant & Adjunct Faculty for Instituto de Ciencias de la Religión, Universidad de la Habana y Seminario Evangélico de Matanzas, Cuba (2011 to the present).
  • The 2014 Orlando E. Costas Preaching Award, Palmer Theological Seminary, October 2014.
  • Book Award for Excellence in Missiology, To All Nations From All Nations: A History of the Christian Missionary Movement with Justo L. Gonzalez, (Nashville: Abingdon, 2013). American Society of Missiology, 2013.
  • Building Bridges Award, Islamic Speaker’s Bureau of Atlanta, November 2007.
Selected Books and Articles
  • To All Nations From All Nations: A History of the Christian Missionary Movement with Justo L. Gonzalez, (Nashville: Abingdon, 2013, also available in Spanish and English);
  • Mission: An Essential Guide (Nashville: Abingdon, 2002, also available in Spanish, Portuguese and Korean).
  • “La biblia, la mar y el Caribe/The Bible, the Sea, and the Caribbean Late 19th to Early 21st Century,” Colonialism and the Bible: Contemporary Reflections from the Global South, eds. Tat-siong Benny Liew and Fernando F. Segovia (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2018).
  • “What is Jesus doing among the Spirits?” Questions from a Mission Studies Scholar to Grass-roots Caribbean Charismatic Evangélicos (Theological Implications of the Religious Interplay and Exchange Between the Caribbean World of the Spirits and Charismatic Caribbean Protestants and Pentecostals) chapter in Always Being Reformed: Challenges and Prospects for the Future of Reformed Theology, edited by David H. Jensen (Oregon, Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2016)
  • “Interreligious dialogue: Why should interreligious dialogue matter for our Academic and Grass-roots Communities? Reflections from a Latino/Caribbean Scholar,” chapter in A Companion to Latino/a Theology, edited by Orlando O. Espín, (London: Wiley-Blackwell, July 2015).
View Dr. Cardoza's CV and Books