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LAKELAND, Fla. — In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Southeastern University’s (SEU) Carrión Hispanic Leadership Center will be hosting a lecture series on Thursday, September 15, at its Lakeland campus. 

The series is intended to recognize and honor Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place this year from September 15 to October 15, and highlight the contributions that the Hispanic community has made to theological education, ministry and advocacy within the U.S. 

The event will kick off at 9 a.m., as Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero, founder and president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC), will be speaking in SEU’s chapel service in Bush Chapel. This will be followed by a 10:35 a.m. lecture featuring Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Conde-Frazier in Bush Chapel, and a 1:35 p.m. lecture in the Buena Vida West Auditorium featuring Dr. Wilmer Estrada Carrasquillo and Rev. Daniel Montañez. 

Conde-Frazier is the director of the Association for Hispanic Theological Education (AETH) and will be speaking on the topic of the Latino church and theological education. Carrasquillo is the director of the Center for Latino Studies (CLS) at Pentecostal Theological Seminary (PTS), and Montañez is a current Ph.D. student at Boston University. They will be speaking on the topic of the Latino church and migration. 

All sessions are free and open to the public.

Prior to her current position with AETH, Conde-Frazier served as the dean and vice president of education at Esperanza College of Eastern University in Philadelphia, Pa. She was also a tenured associate professor of religious education at Claremont School of Theology and taught Hispanic Latino/a theology at the Latin American Bible Institute. In addition, she served as the founding director of the Orlando E. Costas Hispanic and Latin-American Ministries Program at Andover Newton Theological School. 

Along with his role as director of CLS at PTS, Carrasquillo is also an assistant professor of practical theology. Previously, he has served as a district youth leader, national youth and discipleship director, and as senior pastor of the Iglesia de Dios Mission Board “Buenas Nuevas” in Puerto Rico. 

Montañez has earned an M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and an STM from Boston University. His research focuses on constructing a Christian social ethic of migration that can positively and proactively respond to the migration crisis in our modern world.

The Carrión Hispanic Leadership Center is a joint initiative and partnership launched by NaLEC and SEU which seeks to serve, empower and collaborate with the Hispanic evangelical and pentecostal students, congregations, pastors, leaders and laity in the United States. 

For more information or questions about the Carrión Lecture Series, please reach out to If you’re interested in covering this event, please contact Skylar Worthington at to arrange parking. 

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