Martin Rodriguez, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Practical Theology

Phone: (626) 815-5452
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Martin Rodriguez, PhD, was born in Modesto, California and raised in Puebla Mexico. Like many bicultural Latinx peoples, he has learned to survive and thrive in the liminal space between cultural narratives. Before joining Azusa's faculty, Rodriguez's love for God and the global church led him to five years of missionary work among emerging Christian leaders in East Asia. Martin has seventeen years of leadership experience in intercultural communities. Currently, Martin’s research interests lay at the intersection of postcolonial hybridity theory and late-modern leadership theories. He is currently working on a book about missional leadership practices that honor God’s agency and the agency of cultural others in the midst of cultural pluralism and power asymmetries. In his teaching and scholarship, Martin aims to celebrate and promote the work of underrepresented minority leaders.


  • PhD, Intercultural Studies with Practical Theology and Missiology Concentration, Fuller Theological Seminary, 2020
  • MDiv with Intercultural Studies Concentration, Fuller Theological Seminary, 2010
  • BA, Religion and Intercultural Studies (Latin American History and Culture Specialization), Pepperdine University, 2003

Academic Area

  • School of Theology
    • Department of Practical Theology


  • Hispanic/Latinx studies
  • intercultural learning communities
  • leadership development
  • missiology
  • missional ecclesiology
  • practical theology

Courses Taught

  • MIN 108 - Christian Life, Faith, and Ministry
  • MINC 253 - Evangelism and Discipleship
  • MINC 318 - Theology and Practice of Ministry
  • MINC 467 - Spiritual Transformation
  • MNCE 415 - Practical Theology & Vocational Engagement