In this historical moment when so many are "deconstructing" and "reconstructing" their faith, it is hard to find Christian leaders who are both sensitive to issues of race and gender in the church, and yet also biblically grounded and centered in Jesus. Rev. Dr. Liz Rios is one of the few church leaders and planters that I trust to help shepherd the local church through this big moment of change.
Dr. Robert Chao Romero, UCLA professor and author, Brown Church: Five Centuries of Latina/o Social Justice, Theology, and Identity.
Dr. Liz Rios is an articulate, gospel centered spokesperson on issues related to race, gender, church planting and biblical justice.
Rev. Dr. Raymond Rivera, Founder, Latino Pastoral Action Center
Dr. Elizabeth D. Rios is an admirable leader with multiple layers of giftedness. She is a repository of years of grassroots ministry experience coupled with formal theological training. The dynamic result of the intersection of the two realities is explosive with the primary beneficiary being the church. A voice of conviction that is so needed today. The fact that she is a woman is just an added dimension as leadership should not be limited by gender.
Rev. Dr. Marc Rivera, Senior Pastor, Iglesia Cristiana Primitiva, NYC
Dr. Elizabeth Rios is an urban missions trail blazer! For the last two decades she has emptied herself in serving and educating urban practitioners across cultural, theological and societal lines. A born and bred NYC Latina, Dr. Rios has served as an advocate, educator, missiologist and executive director while never abandoning her prophetic edge and call. She is a general and champion coach for those called to serve the most marginalized and vulnerable among us.
Rev. Dr. Michael Carrion, Founding Pastor, Promised Land Covenant Church & VP, Church Planting & Leadership Development-Redeemer City to City
The Send Institute is honored to have Dr. Rios serve on its missiologist council. Her areas of expertise pertain to the main issues many mission leaders are facing today. She offers indispensable thought-leadership and her voice and ministry are helping to move the conversation on mission and church in North America forward in a much needed direction.
Daniel Yang, Director, Send Institute
I have known Pastor Liz for quite some time. When you need someone to lead in women's spirituality & issues, leadership development and scholarship, when you want confirmation that you're under committed and called servanthood leadership, then choose Dr. Liz. You get a great package with a great warrior for our Lord.
Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook, U.S. Presidential Advisor, Former Ambassador of Religious Freedom & Pastor
Some organizations deal with Christian leadership. Some focus on women's spirituality. Some are characterized by intelligence and attention to scholarship, some by a concern for social justice, and others by sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. Under the energetic and wise leadership of Liz Rios, all of these strengths are brought together. I thank God for her!
Brian McLaren, Best Selling Author, 2005 Time Magazine 25 Most Influential Evangelicals, Former Pastor
It is rare today to find within one person a heart for God and His people in such an incarnate manner that you enjoy the awesome bifurcation of God and Man. It is about our daily work becoming God’s daily walk on this earth. Rare but possible for Dr. Rios is a shining example of a collage of rarities that continue to illuminate the many lives she touches. She is a simple, sweet, genuine and transparent person. I have been blessed to experience her as a leader, a friend and a sister. God bless her continued work for and with Him.
Dr. Dale Dan, President, The Joy-at-Work Center (JAWC)