The Rev. Dr. Leslie Diaz-Perez is the Director of the Center for the Study of Latin@ Theology and Ministry.
A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dr. Diaz-Perez applies her passion in the fields of education and training, missions, and ministry. A double alumna of McCormick, Dr. Diaz-Perez earned both her Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from the seminary.
Dr. Ted Hiebert, Dean of the Faculty and Vice President of Academic Affairs says, “Dr. Diaz-Perez brings new energy and passion to this role and we are delighted she has agreed to take Dr. Rodriguez-Diaz’s vision and move it forward. Working with her in the months before his retirement and since, has been exciting, inspiring, and illuminating. Her creativity, drive, and determination lend momentum to our efforts and are supported by her critical and analytical thinking and her devotion to and love for McCormick and its students.”
In July of 2017 Dr. Diaz-Perez assumed full duties as the new director of the center, which contributes to the theological and ministerial formation of Latin@s and non-Latin@s working in Hispanic ministries and theological education by planning courses, conferences, and lectures with other McCormick centers and other institutions in the Chicago area.
Together with her husband Rev. Obed Perez, she is part of the pastoral team at Resurrected Life Church in the Hermosa neighborhood of Chicago.