By Joyce del Rosario and Caroline Triscik

Joyce del Rosario: A Potluck Theology

“You have to have this openness to trying other dishes, trying other people’s things because that’s how we transform and expand our palates and expand our understanding. And unless we’re able to do that, then we just stay with the same thing, and the same flavor and the same taste, and we don’t grow. Our palates stay the same, our theology stays the same, our worldviews stay the same because we’re only willing to stay in the lane we’re comfortable with and been taught.” — Joyce del Rosario

Listen in as WAP associate Caroline Triscik interviews Filipino American theologian Dr. Joyce del Rosario. In this conversation, we discuss her ministry to teen moms, plus thoughts around ethnicity, good food, and the process of recording the unique theological contributions of the Filipino community.

"Last spring I had the opportunity to connect with Dr. Joyce del Rosario at the recommendation of a mutual friend on social media. It was a gift to talk with Joyce and hear about the ways her life experiences and community have shaped both her Christian faith and identity as a Filipino-American woman. Woven throughout our conversation are Joyce’s thoughtfulness, joy, and desire to see everyone have a place at the table — especially those who are most marginalized. We hope you’ll find this interview as meaningful as we did."

— Caroline Triscik


You can listen on iTunes or at All Shall Be Well: Conversations with Women in the Academy and Beyond. We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

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A snapshot from one of Joyce’s family meals.


About the Author

Joyce earned a PhD at Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of Intercultural Studies. Her research is focused on Mary mother of Jesus and how she impacts new models for mission with marginalized groups like teen moms. Her research interests include youth ministry, women in the margins, children at risk, and Filipino American theology. Previously, Joyce ran youth programs in various cultural and economic communities for over 20 years. She was the Executive Director of New Creation Home Ministries, a residential and outreach program for teen moms and has also served as an Area Director for Young Life. Joyce also has a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a ThM from Fuller Seminary. She is also on the board of directors of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA). Her favorite activity is sharing delicious food with friends and family.


Caroline served with InterVarsity since 2002 as a campus staff member in northwest Indiana and most recently in central Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s degree in English with a focus on creative writing from Purdue University in 2002 and holds a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from Messiah College. Caroline, her husband, and their three children live in “the sweetest place on earth,” otherwise known as Hershey, Pennsylvania. In her spare time, she likes to read, discover new music, and attempt to train her exuberant Labrador retriever, Pax. Caroline is a clinical mental health counselor and a former associate with Women in the Academy and Professions.

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