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 co-authoring a commentary on the Nicene Creed and doing research on 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

  • Jacob E. Nyenhuis Individual Faculty Research Grant for “Commentary on the Nicene Creed,” Hope College, 2021
  • Commencement Speaker, selected by Hope College graduating class, 2020 (address delivered May 2021)
  • Hope Outstanding Professor Educator (H.O.P.E.) Award, selected by the Hope College graduating class, 2020
  • Jacob E. Nyenhuis Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Grant for “Sex in the City of God,” a faculty-student collaborative project Hope College, 2020
  • Mellon Grand Challenges Initiative Research Grantfor “Augustine on the Body and Disability,” a faculty-student collaborative project, Hope College, summer 2019
  • 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

Popular Articles

View Jared’s scholarly work at Digital Commons

Outside the College

Jared is a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Holland. He is married to Rhonda Ortiz, a novelist, and has five children, Benedict, Miriam, Joseph, Leo and Magdalene.