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Professor Nestor Medina

Assistant Professor of Religious Ethics and Culture

BRE Tyndale University College
MTS Tyndale University College / Wycliffe College
MA St. Michael's College, University of Toronto
PhD (Interdisciplinary Studies) St. Michael's College, University of Toronto



Office: Room 210
Tel.: (416) 585-4537
Fax: (416) 585-4516


Teaching and Research Interests

Néstor Medina studies the intersections between people's cultures, histories, ethnoracial relations, and forms of knowledge in religious and theological traditions.  Among his research interests are contextual and liberation discourses, interculturality, Post and Decolonial debates, and Pentecostalism in the Americas.  He was the recipient of a First Book Grant for Minority Scholars (2014) and a Project Grant for Researchers (2018).  He is currently working on the ethnoracial relations during colonial Latin America and the influence of religion in those relations.

Néstor has an extensive experience in teaching in a variety of cultural contexts and settings.  He has taught for:  Atlantic School of Theology, Brite Divinity School, Regent University, and Conrad Grebel University College. 

For the last 12 years, Néstor has participated with the United Church as a part of the People in Partnership program by going to Cuba and teaching at the Seminario Evangélico de Teología (SET).

Besides teaching and researching, he enjoys good food from different cultural backgrounds.

Selected Publications


Christianity, Empire and the Spirit (Brill 2018)

On the Doctrine of Discovery (CCC, 2017), a booklet,

Mestizaje: (Re)Mapping "Race," Culture, and Faith in Latina/o Catholicism (Orbis, 2009) (Winner of the 2012 Hispanic Theological Initiative book award). 

Reading in Between (Pickwick 2019) (coeditor with Alison Hari-Singh and HyeRan Kim-Cragg)

Pentecostals and Charismatics in Latin America and Latino Communities (Palgrave Macmillan) (coeditor with Sammy Alfaro); and Theology and the Crisis of Engagement (Pickwick, 2013) (coeditor with Jeff Nowers).


Selected Articles and Book Chapters

"Indigenous Acts of Decolonization:  Canada and Guatemala's Truth and Reconciliation Commissions."  In Decolonial Christianities:  Latinx and Latin American Perspectives, edited by Raimundo Barretto and Roberto Sirvent.  New York:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

“Thinking Pneumatology and Social Justice.” In The Holy Spirit & Social Justice: Interdisciplinary Global Perspectives, edited by Antipas L. Harris and Michael D. Palmer, with a foreword by Amos Yong, 24–47. Lanham, MD: Seymour Press, 2019

"Abya Yala, Aztlán, la Isla de la Tortuga, o Weesakajack."  In Decoloniality and Justice:  Theological Perspectives, edited by Jean-François Roussell, 35-41.  São Leopoldo, Brazil:  Oikos; World Forum of Theology and Liberation, 2018.

"A Decolonial Primer."  Toronto Journal of Theology 33, no. 2 (2017): 279-287.

"Cosmopolitanism:  A Look from Its Exteriority."  Perspectivas 14 (2017): 126-139.

"Trangressing Theological Shibboleths: Culture as Locus of Divine (Pneumatological) Activity."  PNEUMA 36 no. 3 (December 2014): 1.15.

"Tongue Twisters and Shibboleths: On Decolonial Gestures in Latin@Theology."  Journal of Hispanic/Latina/o Theology 18, no. 2 (June 2013): 3-19.


Memberships & Ecclesial Affiliations

Ordained Minister of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada



La Communidad of Hispanic Scholars of Religion

ACHTUS: Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States

Canadian Theological Society
American Academy of Religion
International Academy of Practical Theology
Society for Pentecostal Studies


Selected Courses

EMT 2902HF Christian Ethics in Context

EMT 3900/6900 HS Contemporary Ethical Issues in Cultural and Religious

EMT 3951/6951HS Christian Ethics in a Historical Perspective

EMT 3950/6950HF Ethics, Colonization & Care of the Planet


Other Information

Member of the Executive of CEARN: Canadian Anti-Racism Network & member of Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning of the Canadian Council of Churches