Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Christianity and Culture
The Rev. Dr. Edwin David Aponte is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Christianity and Culture.
Previously he was Research Professor of Latina/o and Latin American Christianity in the Center of World Christianity at New York Theological Seminary. He formerly served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean of the Seminary, and Professor of Religion and Culture at Lancaster Theological Seminary. He also served as Director of Advanced Studies (2004-2006) and as first Assistant and then Associate Professor of Christianity and Culture (1998-2006) at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. From 1994-1998 Dr. Aponte was Director of the Institute for International and Cultural Studies at North Park University in Chicago, Illinois, a program that included the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Center for Korean Studies, the Center for Africana Studies, the Center for Scandinavian Studies, and the Center for Latino Studies, each involved in many intercultural, international, and inter-religious initiatives.
Dr Aponte’s scholarship specializes in the intersection of religious faith and culture, Hispanic/Latino religions, African American religions, North American religious history, and congregational studies. He is author of ¡Santo! Varieties of Latino/a Spirituality (Orbis Books, 2012), co-editor of Handbook of Latina/o Theologies (Chalice Press, 2006) and co-author of Introducing Latino/a Theologies (Orbis Books, 2001). He received fellowships and research support from the Fund for Theological Education, the Hispanic Theological Initiative, Temple University, Southern Methodist University, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Fund for Graduate Education of the Presbyterian Church, (USA), the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, The Louisville Institute, and Lilly Endowment Inc.
Dr. Aponte is an ordained Teaching Elder (Minister of Word and Sacrament) in the Presbyterian Church, (USA). He was a member of the Pastor Initiative Cluster of the Re-Forming Ministry Initiative, a national project of the Office of Theology, Worship, and Education, PCUSA and was active in the Presbytery of Donegal in Pennsylvania serving on the Committee for Ministry as well as in other roles. Previously he served as Parish Associate at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas and in Grace Presbytery as Member, Vice-moderator, and Moderator of the Committee on Examinations; a term on the Presbytery Council; service as a Commissioner to the Synod of the Sun, which included membership on the Synod’s Higher Education Commission; membership on the Call Consultation Task Group of Grace Presbytery; and as a member of the Presbytery’s Administrative Commission for the United African Presbyterian Church.