Dr. Jared Ortiz

Associate Professor of Religion
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Jared Ortiz joined Hope College in 2012 as an assistant professor of religion. He teaches Catholic studies and is founder and executive director of the Saint Benedict Institute, the Catholic spiritual and intellectual center that serves Hope College.

Jared teaches courses on the Incarnation, church history, Catholic Christianity, theological hermeneutics and early Christianity. His current research explores the theology of the human person, the meaning of disability and the shape of divine life.

Areas of expertise

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


  • 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

Towsley Research Scholar Fellowship, Hope College, 2015–2018

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.