Dr. Miranda Cruz has been named the director of The Sacred Alliance at Wesley Seminary. She began her role at the organization on September 15, 2018.

After the position recently became available, Dr. Colleen Derr, president of Wesley Seminary, and Dr. Abson Joseph, dean of the seminary, approached Cruz after learning more about her skills and passions.

“With Dr. Cruz’s interest in issues of equity, justice and reconciliation, we felt she could bring vibrant, comprehensive leadership to the organization,” Dr. Derr said.

Cruz hopes the organization can become a center for research in order to better serve the church. With the close relationship to Wesley Seminary and Indiana Wesleyan University, The Sacred Alliance has access to resources that will help it become a strong advocate for reconciliation, and Cruz sees opportunities to more fully utilize these resources.

“I’m excited for the partnerships that we will form as we engage with scholars, pastors, community leaders and other organizations,” Cruz said. “I have many ideas, and I know the existing Sacred Alliance team does as well, so I’m excited to see where God leads.”

Cruz plans to engage more deeply with specific issues in her field of interest, specifically mutuality between men and women, racial reconciliation and stewardship of the created world.

She currently works at Indiana Wesleyan University’s Marion campus as assistant professor of Christian Theology. She earned her Ph.D. in religion, politics and society from Baylor University and her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary.

The Sacred Alliance is an organization that advocates for women in leadership and ministry through leadership development, deployment and networking. The organization, formerly associated with Southern Wesleyan University, moved to its new home at Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University in the fall of 2016.