Dr. Eloy Nolivos
Assistant Professor of Practical Theology
Dr. Nolivos is originally from Ecuador, South America, but his family migrated to the United States when he was a year old. In the past 25 years, he has served in the roles of educator, missionary, chaplain, administrator and minister. Education has been a life long dream and adventure he has pursued. He has worked in the Church, in academia and in the secular sphere with distinction. Dr. Nolivos is Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at Oral Roberts University helping students connect the dots between their theological studies and their ministerial and vocational formation.
Dr. Nolivos is a scholar-practitioner who understands how to apply theological insights to every-day realities faced by people in the real world. He is deeply spiritual, and sensitive to the leading of the Spirit, while at the same time understands the discipline of the mind has a critical role to play in the Church. The breadth of depth of both his experience in ministry and scholarly research are evident in his life. He is able to communicate the insights he has gained from both practical experience and academic study in ways that make them accessible to others at a variety of levels. Dr. Nolivos teaches courses on preaching, pastoral care, spiritual disciplines, church administration, missions, and other areas of practical ministry, but also courses on Bible, the history of the Church, and contemporary contextual theologies. Most important to him is his commitment to leadership formation for a Global Church, and his ability to work in cross-cultural settings effectively.
Dr. Nolivos has published particularly in the various areas of Latin American religion (Indigenous studies, colonialism and post-colonialism) and Latin American Pentecostalism (Church History, missiology and hermeneutics). He is fast emerging as a younger Latino Pentecostal scholar who will be an important bridge between the Pentecostal-Charismatic academy and increasingly “brown” North American Church as we move further into the 21st century.