Dr. Jared Ortiz

Lavern '39 and Betty DePree '41 Van Kley Professor of Religion, Department Chair
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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 mysteries of Christianity, church history, Catholicism, the theology of the human person and early Christianity. He recently co-authored a commentary on the Nicene Creed and is researching Augustine’s City of God.

Areas of expertise

Dr. Ortiz specializes in early Christian theology, especially St. Augustine. He has scholarly interests in liturgy, Patristic theology 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

  • 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

Selected publications

Popular Articles

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 six children, Benedict, Miriam, Joseph, Leo, Magdalene and Matthias.