Welcome to my site! I'm Kristen Padilla, and I'd love to tell you a little more about me, why I do what I do, and what you will find here. I'd also love to learn more about you, so please stop by my Contact page and introduce yourself.
I'm a Southern girl who was born and raised in Texas and Arkansas, respectively. I felt a calling from God very early on to give my life to him in service to his church, but I was uncertain as to what that meant given my context. My dad was a Southern Baptist pastor of mostly small, rural churches, and the only women I had heard of in ministry were Lottie Moon and Annie Armstrong, both of whom were dead.
Still, God pursued me and like Jeremiah and Paul, I could not not speak about God's Word. His call on my life was relentless. I graduated with a B.A. from Ouachita Baptist University and an M.Div. from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham.
During the last semester of my M.Div. degree, I met a new professor of New Testament, Osvaldo Padilla. We became friends, and after I graduated we dated, fell in love, and the rest is history. Osvaldo is originally from the Dominican Republic, so our home is a fun mix of Southern/Dominican culture. One more thing about my husband (although I could say much more): he's an excellent Bible and Greek scholar! It's a lot of fun living with my very own, living New Testament commentary!
God gave us our son Philip during our second year of marriage. He is 6.5 years old and will turn 7 on April 7, 2018. He is such a blessing and true joy!
After graduating from seminary, I began a blog, wrote Bible studies for the Woman's Missionary Union, contributed articles to The Alabama Baptist newspaper, spoke at retreats (including a retreat for Ouachita Baptist University's young women called to ministry), mentored young women called to ministry, and started teaching regularly at my church, The Cathedral Church of the Advent. God has faithfully opened doors for me to teach his Word.
Ten years ago God gave me the idea for a book for young women called to ministry, and after years of prayer, planning, writing, and, yes, even tears, it comes out June 12, 2018 with Zondervan Academic. My hope for this book is that God will use it to encourage and raise up young women whom he is calling for gospel ministry. You can learn more about it on my Book Page.
Today, I am the marketing and communications director for Beeson Divinity School. In this position I am the editor of a devotional booklet that goes out twice a year and a magazine. I also produce a weekly podcast. Additionally, I have begun a discernment process with one of the ministers of my church to explore the possibility of formal ministry within my church and denomination. I don't know where this discernment process will lead me, and I would love your prayers as I discern God's will for the next steps of my call to ministry.
I pray that you will find here writings and reflections that point to Jesus Christ, uphold the authority of Scripture, and encourage and aid you in your Christian dicipleship.
God has called me to communicate his Word for his people. Over the years, I've enjoyed the opportunity to write for a variety of publications and resources. My first book, Now That I'm Called, releases June 2018.
Now That I'm Called: A guide for women discerning a call to ministry (Zondervan Academic, June 2018)
The Gospel Coalition: "Brené Brown and the Lie of the Divine Self" (Feb. 2018)
Credo magazine: "No Woman's Chit-Chat" (Nov. 2017)
IVP's The Well: "The Mystery of Discernment" (March 28, 2017)
Beeson magazine (2016, 2017, 2018-forthcoming)