Loida I. Martell is the eighteenth vice president of academic affairs and dean of Lexington Theological Seminary, where she also serves as professor of constructive theology. She joined the faculty of Lexington Theology Seminary in August of 2017. Prior to that, she was professor of constructive theology at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University in Pennsylvania. Martell is a licensed doctor in veterinary medicine as well as an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches/USA. She is a bi-coastal Puerto Rican who has taught in various institutions of higher learning. She pastored in New York City for fifteen years, creating bilingual programs for the churches she served. Martell pioneered the study of evángelica theology. In addition to various articles, she co-edited Teología en Conjunto: A Collaborative Hispanic Protestant Theology (1997), and co-authored Latina Evangélicas: A Theological Survey from the Margins (2013). In addition to her membership in the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the American Veterinary Medical Association, Martell represents the American Baptist Churches/USA on the National Council of Churches Convening Table for Theological Studies and Matters of Faith and Reason, serves on the NCC Racial Task Force, and served as president of La Comunidad of Hispanic Scholars of Religion (AAR/ SBL) from 2016 to 2019. A graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, Martell has a DVM from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine, an MDiv from Andover Newton Theological School, and and MPhil and a PhD in theology from Fordham University.