Abraham Antonio Ruelas, Ph.D.

Dean of Academics
Professor, Communication and Psychology

(510) 485-7869


  • Ph.D., Stanford University
  • B.A., California State University, East Bay
  • B.A., Patten University


In his research, writing and advocacy Dr. Abraham Ruelas focuses on gender studies about women in leadership within Christianity. His scholarship includes two books: Women and the Landscape of American Higher Education: Wesleyan Holiness and Pentecostal Founders, (Wipf and Stock, 2010) and No Room for Doubt: The Life and Ministry of Bebe Patten, (Seymour Press, 2012). He is currently co-authoring, The Role of Female Seminaries on the Road to Social Justice for Women with Dr. Kristen Welch (Wipf and Stock, 2014). He also presents papers at the conferences of the Society for Pentecostal Studies and the Wesleyan Theological Society.

Dr. Ruelas currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Latino Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse of Alameda County; as a CORE (Communities of Oakland Responding to Emergencies) Instructor for the City of Oakland Office of Emergency Services; and, as director of the Bebe Patten Heritage Center.