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The author takes an autobiographical point of departure -- his background as a New York City born Puerto Rican -- to discuss the ways his experience as a church and community leader influenced the direction of his doctoral studies. Reflecting on his dissertation on “Paul’s Use of Greco-Roman Conventions of Commendation,” he unfolds the the complex interrelationship between the social realities of Greco-Roman antiquity that were the matrix of Paul’s correspondence with the Corinthian Christian community, and the social realities of late twentieth-century U.S. Hispanic American readers of the Corinthian correspondence. The article closes by considering the need for a U.S. Hispanic American theology of leadership in our churches and communities.