About the participants

Raimundo C. Barreto Jr., Ph.D. | Panelist

Raimundo C. Barreto Jr., Ph.D., is an associate professor of World Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary. His teaching and research span multiple fields and disciplines, including world Christianity, ecumenical and intercultural studies, Latin American/Latinx religion, and liberation and decolonial theologies. His most recent publications includes Protesting Poverty: Protestants, Social Ethics and the Poor in Brazil (Baylor University Press, 2023). His next book is the forthcoming Christians in the City of São Paulo: The Shaping of World Christianity in a Brazilian Megacity (Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.).


João B. Chaves, Ph.D. | Panelist

João B. Chaves, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of the History of Religion in the Américas and Co-Director of the Baptist Scholars International Roundtable (BSIR) at Baylor University. His research focuses on the history of religion in the Américas, the influence of U.S. Protestantism in Latin America, and the development of Latin American/Latinx religious networks in the United States. His books include Migrational Religion: Context and Creativity in the Latinx Diaspora (Baylor University Press, 2021), and The Global Mission of the Jim Crow South: Southern Baptist Missionaries and the Shaping of Latin American Evangelicalism (Mercer University Press, 2022). He is also part of a research team working on a forthcoming documentary exploring the connections between Christian Nationalisms in Brazil and the U.S. 

Matthew D. Taylor, Ph.D. | Panelist and Moderator

Matthew D. Taylor, Ph.D., is a Senior Scholar and the Protestant Scholar at ICJS, where he specializes in Muslim-Christian dialogue, Evangelical and Pentecostal movements, religious politics in the U.S., and American Islam. His book, Scripture People: Salafi Muslims in Evangelical Christians’ America (Cambridge University Press), offers an introduction to the oft-misunderstood Salafi movement in the U.S. by way of comparison with American Evangelicalism. He is also the creator of the acclaimed audio-documentary series Charismatic Revival Fury: The New Apostolic Reformation, which details how networks of extremist Christian leaders helped instigate the January 6th Insurrection. His next book, The Violent Take It By Force: The Christian movement that is threatening our democracy (Broadleaf Books), will be published in Fall 2024. Read more here.