Professor Wilfredo Canales of Olivet receives key faculty scholarship grant

A highly competitive grants program recognizes excellence in Professor Canales’ work.

May 24, 2018 Uncategorized

Professor Wilfredo Canales of Olivet Nazarene University’s Department of Modern Languages has received national recognition for his scholarly work. A highly competitive grants program, sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), has awarded him a Planning Grant for 2018. His project is “The Music of Social Protest: An Intersection of Politics and Faith in Latin America.”

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Planning Grants enable networking teams to plan research projects by conducting exploratory conversation among a small group of scholars. Joining Professor Canales on his research team are Dr. Nestor Quiroa, associate professor of Spanish at Wheaton College (Illinois) and Dr. Lindy Scott, professor of Spanish and Latin American studies at Whitworth University (Washington). 

“The selection committee was impressed with the quality of the proposal and the project’s potential to advance the scholarly community’s understanding of politics and faith in Latin America,” said Dr. Rick Ostrander, CCCU’s vice president for academic affairs and professional programs.

Professor Canales’ interests and teaching responsibilities include Latin American culture and civilization, Spanish and Latin American literature, and advanced Spanish. In addition to his academic responsibilities at Olivet, he works collaboratively with the Church of the Nazarene’s Centro de Estudios Pastorales/Center of Pastoral Studies (Chicago Central District) and as general editor of “Reflexiones Ministeriales,” a pastoral journal sponsored by the Hispanic Ministries Office for U.S. and Canada.

Before joining Olivet’s faculty in 2007, he had served in a variety of institutional leadership positions, gaining a wealth of global ministry experience. He has also been the speaker in Latin American countries for many conferences, retreats and workshops on theological education, pastoral ministry and contemporary topics.

He has served as district superintendent and director of theological education of the Church of the Nazarene, Paraguay; director of the Nazarene Communications Network, Miami, Florida; director of Latin American Nazarene Communications, San Jose, Costa Rica; president of the South American Nazarene Theological Seminary, Quito, Ecuador; and district superintendent and pastor, Central District, Lima, Peru.

To learn more about Olivet’s Department of Modern Languages, contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.

Published: 5/24/2018

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