José Francisco Morales Torres

José Francisco Morales Torres

Assistant Professor of Historical and Comparative Theology;
Director of Pastoral Formation, Disciples Seminary Foundation

José Francisco Morales Torres is Assistant Professor of Historical and Comparative Theology. He also serves as Director of Pastoral Formation at Disciples Seminary Foundation (, the largest institution for theological education in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), in partnership with CST.

Dr. Morales places historical voices into conversation with historically marginalized voices, within and beyond the Christian tradition, offering radical re-articulations of the affirmations of faith for today’s realities. His areas of interest include: comparative approaches to historical theology; Medieval philosophy and theology; the development of Christian doctrines; liberation theologies; and the theological challenge of charismatic movements.

Dr. Morales holds a B.A. from Judson University (Elgin, IL), an M.Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary (Chicago, IL), and a Ph.D. in Comparative Theology and Philosophy from Claremont School of Theology (Claremont, CA).  Before moving to California, he served as the Executive Regional Minister for the Central Rocky Mountain Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  His ministry experience is broad, including wider denominational work, congregational ministry, advocacy, community organizing, and education. He continues to be a frequent keynote speaker and preacher.

Dr. Morales is married to Rev. Daphne M. Gascot Arias (also an ordained Disciples of Christ minister and currently working on her Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible). They share life and laughs with their daughter Daphne Magnolia.

Articles, Book Reviews, Achievements

  1. “The Presence and Absence of Faith: Being Faithful to Christian Particularity and Committed to Interreligious Engagement.” Insights: The Faculty Journal of Austin Seminary (Spring): 16–22.
  2. Book Review: Justo L. González: The Mestizo Augustine: A Theologian between Two Cultures. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016; Pp. 175. Journal of Religious History 42 (1): 136–37.
  3. Book Review: Paul C. H. Lim, Mystery Unveiled: The Crisis of the Trinity in Early Modern England. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012; pp. xvi + 488. Journal of Religious History 39 (4): 625–26.
  4. “Hurricanes and Lilies: Glimpses of God When Disaster Strikes.” In Help and Hope: Disaster Preparedness and Response Tools for Congregations. St. Louis: Chalice Press.

2018–19 Hispanic Theological Initiative – Doctoral Cohort

2016–17 Forum for Theological Exploration – Doctoral Cohort