David Maldonado Jr., director of the Center for Latino/a Christianity and Religions in SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, is the 2009 recipient of the Perkins Distinguished Alumnus/a Award. Maldonado will receive the award during Perkins Ministers Week, to be held February 2-4, 2009, on the SMU campus.
Each year, the award recognizes a Perkins graduate who has demonstrated effectiveness and integrity in service to the church, continuing support and involvement in the goals of Perkins School of Theology and SMU, service in the wider community and exemplary character.
A 1968 M.Div. graduate, Maldonado has held faculty and administrative positions at Iliff School of Theology – where he is president emeritus – Perkins, and California State University.
An ordained elder in the Rio Grande Annual Conference, Maldonado has also served as a pastor and community organizer. He has written several books, including Crossing Guadalupe Street: Growing Up Hispanic and Protestant (2001), Hispanic Christianity Within Mainline Protestant Traditions – A Bibliography (1998) and Protestantes/Protestants: Hispanic Christianity Within Mainline Traditions (1999).
His many awards and honors include the 1977 Educator of the Year award from the Dallas Mexican Chamber of Commerce and a W. K. Kellogg Foundation Fellowship, 1980-83.