Cardoza-Orlandi Named Director of Perkins' Doctor of Ministry Program

A native of Puerto Rico, Cardoza-Orlandi joined the Perkins faculty in July 2010 after 16 years of teaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga.

 Dr. Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi,
Director of the Doctor of Ministry
Program at Perkins


DALLAS (SMU) – Dr. Carlos F. Cardoza-Orlandi, Professor of World Christianities and Mission Studies at Perkins, recently was appointed by Dean Craig C. Hill to serve as the director for the Doctor of Ministry program at Perkins.

A native of Puerto Rico, Cardoza-Orlandi earned his Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary and his Master of Divinity from the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico. He joined the Perkins faculty in July 2010, having previously served as Professor of World Christianity at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga., from 1994-2010.

Cardoza-Orlandi’s teaching specialties include the impact of colonialism and immigration in Christianity's movement, the Christian religion in the global south, and ecumenics and global Pentecostalisms. He is particularly interested in interpretations of socio-cultural interplay between Christians and people of other faiths.

“I am honored and excited for this appointment. I strongly believe in a Christian vocation that is nourished and sustained by a hunger for deep theological grounding and honing critical skills for the multiple and varied practices of Christian ministry,” Cardoza-Orlandi said.

“From critical reflection on the practices of baptism and the Eucharist to emerging practices of ministry in non-profit Christian and non-Christian organizations, our Doctor of Ministry program seeks to provide the integration of depth of knowledge and healthy, transforming engagement with context. I am renewed in the presence of Christian leaders seeking to ground their vocation with serious theoretical and theological knowledge and a commitment to learn, teach and embody the best academic formation with transforming practices of ministry.”

Cardoza-Orlandi succeeds Rev. Gary MacDonald, who accepted a position at Duke Divinity School as Senior Director in the Office of the Dean, with responsibility for organizational development, strategic planning and church relations.

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Perkins School of Theology, founded in 1911, is one of five official University-related schools of theology of The United Methodist Church. Degree programs include the Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Music, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Ministry, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Pastoral Music as well as the Ph.D., in cooperation with The Graduate Program in Religious Studies at SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.