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Rodolfo Galvan Estrada III

Assistant Professor of the New Testament, Vanguard University

Rodolfo Galvan Estrada III is the Miranda Center Assistant Professor of the New Testament at Vanguard University. He has a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Regent University, holds two master’s degrees from Duke University, and a bachelor's from Vanguard University.

He has served as an adjunct professor at various colleges and seminaries including Fuller Theological Seminary, Portland Seminary of George Fox University, Northwest University, and LABI College.

Rudy has many years of working in Christian higher education. At Fuller Theological Seminary, he served as the Director of Institutional Research and Accreditation. He also served as the Dean of Academic Affairs and Accreditation Liaison officer of LABI College.

His main area of research is on the Gospel of John, the letter of Jude, race and ethnicity in ancient Greece and Rome, and Latinx hermeneutics.

Rudy has published with the Journal of Evangelical Theology, Perspectivas: The Journal of the Hispanic Theological Initiative, PentecoStudies, Pneuma, and the Journal of Pentecostal Studies. He also writes for a popular audience where many of his articles have been published in Christianity Today, the Houston Chronicle, Yahoo News, and the AG Influence Magazine.

His current book writing projects include The Johannine Prologue: An Exploration of Race, Kinship, and the Empire a contract with Palgrave McMillian to be published in 2021 and 2 Peter, Jude: A Pentecostal Commentary on the New Testament with Wipf & Stock to be published in 2023.

Most recently, Rudy has been recently appointed as the SBL Pacific Coast Region program chair for the New Testament Gospels and Acts.

Married to his wife Jessica Estrada for over 18 years, who together enjoy tea, coffee, hiking, and camping. They reside in Fontana, California.


  • 2021–present
    Assistant Professor of the New Testament, Vanguard University
  • 2019–2021
    Adjunct Assistant Professor of the New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary


  • 2018 
    Regent University, PhD
  • 2013 
    Duke University, MACP
  • 2010 
    Duke University, MTS