Department: Church & Ministry Leadership
Office Location: Lancaster
Dr. Robert Reyes is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico. He comes to us from Messiah University where he served since 2012 as professor of human development and family Science. From 2007 to 2012 he served as research director for the Center for Intercultural Teaching and Learning (CITL) and professor of sociology at Goshen College (Goshen, Indiana). Before moving to Indiana in 2007, he served for 11 years at Messiah University as assistant and associate professor of human development and family science and director of the Latino Partnership program.
The aim of CITL was to understand and disseminate findings on the nature and/or process of intercultural education for Latino students. At CITL, Dr. Reyes was instrumental in the development of the Center’s post-doctoral research fellowship program as well as the development of a demographic/educational study of Latino students in North Central Indiana.
Dr. Reyes earned a PhD in marriage and family studies (1995) and Master of Divinity in marriage and family (1992) from Fuller Seminary. He is a Certified Family Life Educator and clinical fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. While at Fuller Seminary, Dr. Reyes was part of the Navy chaplains candidate program and volunteer as an assistant pastor for a Salvadorian group in Burbank, CA.
His research interests include the study of acculturative stress and coping among Latino families and the study of racial reconciliation. In studying racial reconciliation, the development of effective leadership strategies in the growth of urban multicultural/multiracial churches.
PhD, Marriage and Family Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Psychology, Pasadena, CA
MDiv, Concentration in Marriage and Family, Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Theology, Pasadena, CA
BA, Theology & Psychology, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK
Certificate – Grant Writing , Temple University Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA
“The possibility that I could do this work and support the development of leaders for the work of the Church is exciting. As we have seen recently, issues of racism and systemic inequality continue to affect us all in powerful ways. It is vital that we understand these challenges and equip church leaders to serve effectively as agents of reconciliation and peace in our communities.”- Dr. Reyes