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Michael A. Ortiz

Department Chair and Associate Professor World Missions & Intercultural Studies

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 receiving a law degree from SMU in 1988 and developing his practice in Florida, he submitted his life to Christ.  Michael developed a hunger for biblical and theological studies. In 2015 he received his PhD from Seminario Teológico Centroamericano (SETECA) following his ThM from DTS in 2008. Most of his ministry prior to DTS involved theological education leadership and teaching in Spanish-speaking countries, especially Cuba. Since being at DTS, Michael served as the initial director of DTS en Español, a department developed to offer master’s level programs to the Spanish world. His primary academic interests relate to global theological education and contextualization. He currently serves as International Director for the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education and also often speaks at conferences. Michael has been married to Kathy for over thirty years, and they have two adult, married children, and he still maintains a law practice in Florida.

Courses Taught

  • WM5101 - Introduction to World Missions
  • WM5315 - Ministry in Today’s Hispanic Cultures
  • WM5405 - Christian Education in Intercultural Contexts
  • WM5410 - Theological Education in Intercultural Contexts
  • WM5540 - Applied Biblical Contextualization


Academic Interests

Intercultural 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

Global Theological Education
A Hope to Discern, Embrace, and Live
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