Rev. Dr. Elizabeth D. Rios
Dr. Rios has a number of passions but one thing is certain, she has always been an advocate for the local church and a supporter of the people who lead in it.
Since April 2008, Dr. Liz has served as Consulting Editor for Outreach Magazine, a national magazine for church leaders, pastors and planters.
To contribute to Latinx Pentecostal history, she researched and wrote a chapter for Latino Religions and Civic Activism called "The Women are Warriors" highlighting the many achievements of Latina Pentecostal women in the NYC social activist world. The chapter was reprinted in Azusa Street and Beyond 100 Years of Commentary on the Global/Pentecostal Charismatic Movement which was highlighted at the Azusa Street Centennial.
Dr. Rios has also been a contributor for CALLED, a magazine for women in leadership. From 2005-2013 she informed and inspired women nationally as a regular columnist and Contributing Editor for PRISM magazine and in 2013-2015 became a member of Evangelicals for Social Action Advisory Board (the publisher of the magazine). In 2015, Dr. Rios also became a columnist/mentor for Latin Business Today.
She is also proud to serve as a Founding Board Member and Vice President of Plant 4 Harvest, a church planting organization dedicated to helping church planters of color plant healthy churches and reach the nations via project management, training and development. Dr. Rios also serves as a board member of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition which is a national network of Hispanic evangelical congregations, leaders, and not-for-profits committed to Gospel-centered transformation. NaLEC convenes, educates, serves and empowers grasstops and grassroots Latino/a evangelical as a collective voice in the work of justice and mercy.
Dr. Rios has been in ministry for over 28 years including serving as a pastor for a total 15 years (11 as an Executive Pastor and 4 as a co-lead Pastor with her husband). She now is the Spiritual Guide for a non-traditional faith community called The Passion Center. As a bi-vocational minister, she's worked most of her life in nonprofits and in higher education. She has also been an entrepreneur and has consulted schools, faith-based organizations and non-profits since 1996 via Passion for Purpose International.
Her educational background consists of a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, a Master of Arts in Management with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management from the Regent University School of Business and an earned Doctorate in Education in Organizational Leadership/Adult Education from Nova Southeastern University. Post- graduate work at Fordham University School of Religion, Indiana University Center of Philanthropy and the Blanton Peale Graduate Institute for Pastoral Counseling. In April of 2019, she is due to graduate with a Doctor of Ministry degree from Southeastern University where she is focusing her doctoral project on a civic advocacy and social justice church planter training program.
As an Afro-Latina, Puerto Rican American she considers herself to be a writer/activist and advocate for women in ministry and biblical justice. In addition to those interests, Dr. Liz research interests include the churchlessness epidemic, Latinx theology, and educational equity. Dr. Liz is also passionate about speaking and writing on healthy leadership, the micro-church movement and church revitalization to name a few.
Dr. Rios loves staying involved in her community and loves supporting organizations who work to make South Florida better. She was named one of twelve Hispanic Women of Distinction in August 2014 for her work in the South Florida community. Dr. Rios has served on the Education Advisory Board of the City of Miramar and is also a proud Charter member of the South Broward Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She currently serves in a high school preparing students for college and guiding them through the college process. Dr. Rios also loves makeup so just for fun, she earned a Certificate in Make up Mastery from the Academy of Glam in Davie. She has two children, Samuel now in college and Daniel, her special needs angel. She's been married to Rev. Hiram Rios for 28 years.
The Passion Center is an Assemblies of God mission and is the culmination of many years of nonprofit and traditional church ministry both in NYC and South Florida.
Purchase Dr. Rios' paperback book to start working on your mindset the beginning of all pursuits of purpose and tapping into passion. The book is also signed with a personal message.
Dr. Rios' contributions to books include a chapter in each of these books titled:
“The Ladies Are Warriors”:Latina Pentecostalism and Faith-Based Activism in New York City"
Dr. Liz as workshop presenter - Flavor Fest 2016
Dr. Liz serving as panelist with Dr. Ed Stetzer and new and seasoned church planters or planter trainers on Latino Church Planting. - NaLEC Latino Summit July 2018
Dr. Rios' husband, Rev. Hiram is a big supporter in all she does and also helps guide the The Passion Center community.
Dr. Rios' family includes Samuel, a college student at Southeastern University and DJ. A big part of the reason The Passion Center has a 'passion' to serve special needs children is because of their own journey with their special angel.