Erica Ramirez joins the faculty of Portland Seminary in 2017 in the Richard B. Parker Professorship of Wesleyan Thought

Erica Ramirez

A San Antonio native, Ramirez has earned degrees from Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Wheaton College Graduate School, and she is a PhD Candidate at Drew University, Graduate Division of Religion. She is presently completing her dissertation, “Making Pentecostal Matriarchal Divinity: A Bakhtinian-Kristevean Reading of Azusa Street Mission,” which argues that American Pentecostals constructed pneumatology through ritual, as opposed to theology. In addition to her dissertation, Ramirez has contributed articles to Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion, Canadian Journal of Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity, and Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. She has presented academic papers to the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Association for the Sociology of Religion, and the Red de Investigadores de Fenomenos Religiosos Annual Meeting. She is a Hispanic Theological Initiative scholar and a fellow of both the Forum for Theological Exploration and the prestigious Louisville Institute.

Ramirez is passionate about the value of Pentecostal worship traditions and has served as a worship leader in congregations throughout the United States. She was raised in Concilio Latino Americano de Iglesias Cristianas (CLADIC) and is presently active in the Assemblies of God on both local congregational and broader denominational levels.

Ramirez enjoys music, hiking, all things pop culture, and she is looking forward to life in Oregon with her husband and three children.