Patrick B. Reyes

Podcast, Theology

A Chicano writer, theologian, and executive leader, Patrick B. Reyes, Ph.D., is the award-winning author of The Purpose Gap and Nobody Cries When We Die. He is the dean of Auburn Theological Seminary. He has been recognized for his service and scholarship by higher education institutions, receiving awards from institutions such as Boston University, Duke Leadership, Children’s Defense Fund, and Hispanic Theological Initiative, and was inducted into the Morehouse College MLK Jr. Collegium of Scholars in 2023. The Council of Independent Colleges NetVUE selected The Purpose Gap as the Big Read for 2022-2023.

He previously served the Forum for Theological Exploration, hosted the Sound of the Genuine podcast, and served as the board president of the Religious Education Association. He volunteers as the co-dean of the Freedom Seminary for the Children’s Defense Fund. Patrick provides leadership on several boards in theological and higher education, publications, and the non-profit sector, supporting the next generation of Black, Indigenous, and Chicano spiritual and cultural leaders.

He lives in New Mexico, where he and his family embrace the cultural and religious traditions and communities they have inherited. 

Festival Years: 2024