Dr. Jared OrtizAssistant Professor of Religion
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
- “You Made Us for Yourself”: Creation in St. Augustine’s Confessions, Fortress Press, 2016
- “Creation in the Confessions” in St. Augustine, The Confessions: Ignatius Critical Editions, 2016
- “Deification in the Latin Fathers,” in Called To Be Children of God: Deification in the Catholic Tradition, edited by Fr. David Meconi, S.J. and Carl E. Olson, Ignatius Press, 2016
- Deification in the Latin Patristic Tradition, edited, The Catholic University of America Press, under contract
- “The Deep Grammar of Augustine’s Conversion,” in Studia Patristica vol. 70, 2013
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.