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Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico names new president

The Rev. Dr. Juan R. Mejías Ortiz, a professor of practical theology, is selected for the seminary’s top job

by the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico | Special to Presbyterian News Service

The Rev. Dr. Juan Ramón Mejías Ortiz (Photo courtesy of the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico)

LOUISVILLE — The Rev. Dr. Juan Ramón Mejías Ortiz, an ordained pastor of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and a professor of practical theology, has been selected as the new president of the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico by the seminary’s Board of Directors.

“We trust that Dr. Mejías Ortiz will dedicate all his efforts, skills, and experiences to forge an innovative, creative, and deeply pastoral theological education that assertively meets the challenges of contemporary society and the needs of our congregations,” the seminary said in a news release. “We congratulate the new president. In him, the words of the prophet are fulfilled: ‘And I will give you shepherds according to my heart, who will feed you with knowledge and intelligence.’” (Jeremiah 3:15)

In addition to his teaching, Mejías Ortiz is director of the Institutional Accreditation Office and has served as associate professor of mathematics at Bayamon Central University and as a visiting professor at other academic institutions.

He has a doctorate in education from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico with a specialty in curriculum and instruction, a Master of Divinity from the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico, a master’s degree in arts and education from the University of Phoenix, and a professional certificate in applied thanatology from the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico.

He has been a lecturer at the various denominational conventions and contributes as a writer for El Discípulo magazine.

The Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico is a private not-for-profit, ecumenical, and educational post-graduate institution located in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The seminary offers study programs in Bible, theology, religion, and pastoral ministry.

The institution is sponsored and supported by the following denominations of the evangelical-Reformed tradition serving the Kingdom of God in Puerto Rico: The Synod of Boriquén of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Puerto Rico, The Baptist Churches of Puerto Rico, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Puerto Rico, the Methodist Church in Puerto Rico, the United Evangelical Church in Puerto Rico, and the Synod of the Caribbean of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. In addition, other denominations in the Pentecostal and Catholic theological traditions and independent churches send their prospective candidates to pastoral ministry or lay leaders for theological studies and pastoral preparation at the seminary.

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