Rev. Dr. Francisco Javier Goitía Padilla
Experience & Activities
Rev. Francisco Javier Goitía Padilla is Program Director for Theological Formation, Seminaries and Lay Schools in the Domestic Mission unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). He is an ordained minister of the ELCA rostered in the Caribbean Synod. His pastoral ministry began as a lay pastor in 1988 at El Redentor Lutheran Church in Puerto Rico. He obtained an MDiv in 1995 and an STM in Reformation History from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia in 2000. Later he graduated from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago where he obtained a ThM in Lutheran and Latin American Hermeneutics and a PhD in Systematic Theology with a component in homiletics.
As an ordained minister, Rev. Dr. Goitía Padilla has served congregations in Puerto Rico and Chicago. From 2005-2017, he was Professor of Theology and Homiletics at the Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico and its Dean from 2012-2017. He has served on various committees in the church, including the Ecclesiology Task Force, the Theological Roundtable and the Future Directions Table.
His publications include El sermón como creación artesanal (transl. The Sermon as Craft Creation), Gálatas y Efesios (transl. Galatians and Ephesians), Una rosa en nuestros jardines: Breve presentación del Luteranismo en Español (transl. A Rose in Our Gardens: A Brief Presentation of Lutheranism in Spanish), and a 2-volume collection titled Desde el púlpito: Una colección de manuscritos de sermones (transl. From the Pulpit: A Collection of Sermon Manuscripts).