Rev. Teresa Chávez Sauceda, Ph.D.

San Francisco Theological Seminary

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Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union

M.Div., Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

B.A., Lewis and Clark College


Marin Campus
P: 415.451.2865

Meet Teresa

Teresa Chávez Sauceda believes that the practice of ministry today can be both tremendously challenging and deeply rewarding, calling for new skills, inspired creativity and a deep curiosity about the world in which we live and seek to minister.  She enjoys working at the intersection of the church and the academy, with pastors, chaplains and other religious professionals who come together as scholar practitioners to learn, explore and envision the future of ministry in the 21st century.  Teresa brings her own experience in a variety of ministry settings, including hospice ministry, community ministry with newcomer Latina/o immigrants in the Mission District of San Francisco, and denominational ministry, as Associate for Racial Justice Advocacy in the mission agency of the PCUSA.  She is a member of San Francisco Presbytery and serves as Parish Associate for Community Presbyterian Church in Pittsburg, CA.

Courses Taught

Theology of Ministry

Cultural Milieu and Church Mission

Pastor as Person


"Love in the Crossroads: Stepping Stones to a Doctrine of God in Hispanic/Latina Theology", Teologia en Conjunto, eds. Jose D. Rodriguez and Loida Martell, (Westminster John Knox Press, 1997).

 "Becoming a Mestizo Church," Alabadle!: Worship in a Hispanic Context, ed. Justo L. Gonzalez, (Abingdon Press, 1996).

"Race, Religion and Latinas/os: An Exploration of the Racialization of Latinas/os in the U.S. and the Role of the Protestant Church," !Protestantes/Protestants!, ed. David Maldonado, (Abingdon Press, 1998).

“Sacred Space/Public Identity: Creating Community Identity in the Borderlands,” Handbook of Latina/o Theologies, eds. Edwin Aponte and Miguel A. De La Torre, (Chalice Press, 2006).

“Gender, Race and Class in Latina Experience,” The Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America, eds. Rosemary Skinner Keller and Rosemary Radford Ruether, (Indiana University Press, 2006).

“Chicano Movement” and “Teatro Campesino,” Hispanic American Religious Cultures, ed., Miguel De La Torre, (ABC-CLIO, 2009).

Practicing God’s Radical Hospitality: Reflections on Difference, Change and Leadership Through the Spiritual Discipline of Hospitality.  Presbyterian Women, PC(USA), 2013 (PWR13060).

Awards, Honors, Grants

Fund for Theological Education (FTE) Hispanic Dissertation Year Fellowship, 1994

Presbyterian Fund for Graduate Education Scholarship, 1992-94

FTE Hispanic Doctoral Fellowship, 1989 and 1990

FTE Hispanic Ministry Scholarship, 1986

Jean Brown Scholar, APTS, 1985, 1986 and 1987

Sustained Superior Performance Award, Internal Revenue Service, 1983 and 1984


Member, Board of Directors, Presbyterian Multicultural Network, June 2011 – June 2012.

Member, Board of Trustees, Austin Presbyterian Theol. Seminary, Nov. 2008 – Nov. 2012.

Member, Advisory Board, Center for Women and Religion, GTU, 1999-2002

Member, Advisory Board, Hispanic Summer Program, 1994-1999

On Pluralism

Rev. Teresa Chavez Sauceda, PhD explores the concept of Pluralism—an appreciation of diversity in all its forms, and its importance to theological education at SFTS.