Dr. Jared Ortiz

Associate Professor of Religion
616.395.7756jjortiz@hope.edu
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Jared Ortiz joined Hope College in 2012. He teaches Catholic theology in the Department of Religion and is founder and executive director of the Saint Benedict Institute, the Catholic spiritual and intellectual center that serves Hope College.

Dr. Ortiz teaches courses on the Incarnation, church history, Catholic Christianity, the theology of the human person and early Christianity. He is currently researching the themes of politics, holiness and disability in Augustine’s City of God.

Areas of expertise

Dr. Ortiz specializes in early Christian theology, especially St. Augustine. He has scholarly interests in liturgy, Latin patristic thought and disability.

Education

  • Ph.D., historical theology, The Catholic University of America, 2012
  • M.A., historical and systematic theology, The Catholic University of America, 2009
  • M.A., liberal arts, St. John’s College, 2005
  • B.A., fundamentals: issues and texts, University of Chicago, 2000

Honors, grants and awards

  • Haworth Fund Research Grant for “Politics and Sanctity in Augustine’s City of God,” a faculty-student collaborative project, Hope College, summer 2019
  • Mellon Grand Challenges Initiative Research Grant for “Augustine on the Body and Disability,” a faculty-student collaborative project, Hope College, summer 2019
  • Mellon Grand Challenges Initiative Grant for “Theology of the Human Person” course development in the “Disability in Contemporary Society” collaborative project, Hope College, 2017
  • Towsley Research Scholar Fellowship, Hope College 2015–2018
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholars Program Award for Mentoring, Hope College, 2015

Selected publications

View all of Jared’s published work at Digital Commons

Outside the College

Jared is a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Holland, where he teaches in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults program, which teaches the faith to newcomers. He is married to Rhonda Ortiz, a writer and graphic designer, and has four children, Benedict, Miriam, Joseph and Leo.