Loida Martell-Otero

Professor of Constructive Theology

Loida Martell-Otero

Ph.D.: Fordham University (Theology)
M.Phil. (Theology): Fordham University
M.Div.: Andover Newton Theological School
D.V.M.: Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine
B.S.: University of Puerto Rico

The Rev. Dr. Loida I. Martell-Otero is Professor of Constructive Theology at Palmer Theological Seminary/ Eastern University, in Pennsylvania. She is a licensed doctor in veterinary medicine as well as an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches/ USA. She is a bi-coastal Puerto Rican who has taught in various institutions of higher learning including the University of Puerto Rico’s College of Allied Health Professionals, Boston’s Center for Urban Ministerial Education, and New York Theological Seminary. She pastored in New York City for 15 years, and served as President of the Board of American Baptist Churches/ Metro New York City from 1994–1996.

Dr. Martell pioneered the study of evángelica theology. She has published articles on evangélica soteriology, Christology, doctrine of God, use of Scripture for theology, vocation, and pedagogy. Her research on Taíno religious beliefs focused on its links with theological anthropology/ embodiment, eschatology, and globalization. An article, “My GPS Doesn’t Work in Puerto Rico,” on evangélica spirituality was published in the American Baptist Quarterly. She co-edited Teología en Conjunto: A Collaborative Hispanic Protestant Theology (1997), and more recently co-authored the well-received Latina Evangélicas: A Theological Survey from the Margins (2013).

Dr. Martell is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Academy of Religion, and the Society of Race, Ethnicity and Religion. She was appointed to represent the American Baptist Churches/ USA on the National Council of Churches Convening Table for Theological Studies and Matters of Faith and Reason. The American Baptist Home Missions Societies recently awarded her the 2015 Richard Hoiland Christian Education Award, its highest recognition for “faithful and effective leadership in Christian education,” for her long-standing work in nurturing culturally and racially diverse classrooms and for exceptional leadership.

Dr. Martell is an avid amateur photographer.