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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 prior to DTS has involved theological education leadership and teaching in Spanish-speaking countries, especially Cuba. Since being at DTS, he led DTS en Español as its initial Director to offer master’s level programs to the Spanish world. His major academic interests relate to the cross-cultural contextualization of theology and global theological education, and he currently serves as International Director for the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education. He has spoken at national conference events for CRU and Moody. He’s been married to Kathy over 30 years, and together they have two adult married children.

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

Featured Ministry Video

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