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Michael A. Ortiz

Associate Professor World Missions & Intercultural Studies, Director of DTS en Español

JD, Southern Methodist University, 1988; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary, 2008; PhD, Seminario Teológico Centroamericano (SETECA), 2015.

Michael was born in New York City to Cuban immigrants. After completing a law degree from SMU in 1988 and practicing law a number of years in Florida, he came to submit his life to Christ and developed a hunger for biblical and theological studies. He received his PhD from Seminario Teológico Centroamericano (SETECA) following his ThM degree from DTS in 2008. Most of his ministry has involved theological education and teaching in Spanish-speaking countries, especially Cuba where the Lord has allowed him to implement an accrediting agency for seminaries there. His major academic interest relates to the cross-cultural contextualization of theology and education. He speaks regularly on these topics at conference. He’s been married to Kathy over 30 years, and together they have a son and daughter, who are both doing post-graduate studies.

Courses Taught

  • WM101 - Introduction to World Missions
  • WM315 - Ministry Latin American Contexts
  • WM405 - Christian Education in Intercultural Contexts
  • WM410 - Theo Ed in Intercultrl Contexts


Academic Interests

Cross-cultural theological education
Contextualization of theology and cross-cultural engagement
Cuban culture’s influence on theological education and the church
Pauline Studies

Personal Interests

Time with Family

DTS Voice Videos

Cultural Engagement: Understanding the Diversity of the Hispanic Community
Ministering to Hispanics in the Church - Classic
Ministering to Hispanics in the Church
Student Perspectives On The DTS Community
Connecting with Carlos