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About

Theology for the Rest of Us is designed to give clear and easy-to-understand answers to some of the toughest and most frequently asked questions about God, the Bible, and Christian theology.

Bio for Kenneth E. Ortiz (M.Div.)

Kenneth is the chief content creator and podcast host for Theology for the Rest of Us. He has earned two undergraduate degrees, an M.Div., and has completed additional coursework in various disciplines. He’s currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Historical Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, studying the development of neo-evangelicalism in the twentieth century.

In addition to managing Theology for the Rest of Us, Kenneth is also a pastor at Cities Church in St. Paul, MN, a published author, associate director of college recruiting and assistant professor of history & theology at Bethlehem College & Seminary, and an adjunct professor of ethics at Spurgeon College.

Kenneth has more than 15 years of ministry experience. He has also been a successful entrepreneur. In addition to publishing content here, he’s also written for Desiring God and Just Disciple.

Kenneth also has a TEDx Talk called “How to be a Great Mentor.” It has been watched more than 85,000 times worldwide.

On a personal note, Kenneth is a Disney enthusiast, loves board games, and he’s a big fan of Philadelphia and Villanova sports teams. He is married to Malaina (she has earned a B.A. in Intercultural Ministry Studies and Bible & Theology and an M.A. in Intercultural Leadership). They live in Bloomington, MN and have one daughter.

Work Experience

2022-Present       Bethlehem College and Seminary

  • Assistant Professor of History and Theology
  • Associate Director of College Recruiting

2019-Present      Cities Church

  • Serve on council of elders and engage in various ministerial duties as needed.
  • Preach Sunday morning sermons 10-12 times per year.
  • Served as part of vocational ministry team 2019-2022; transitioned into current role as lay elder/pastor in May 2022.
  • Oversaw hospitality team and assimilation processes.
  • Managed church-wide communications and periodicals.

2016-2022      Bethany Global University

  • Dean of Online Education and Professor of theology and contemporary issues.
  • Taught courses (residential and online) in theology, ethics, leadership, missiology, and public policy.
  • Oversaw and managed strategic partnerships.
  • Created digital content for content marketing strategies.
  • Developed and brought multiple degree programs to market.

2013-2016      Mosaic Church

  • Served as Student Ministry and Young Adults Ministry Coordinator.
  • Assisted in management of church-wide periodicals.

2005-2013      Teen Mania Ministries

  • Served as Director of Operations for “Acquire the Fire” youth conferences.
  • Oversaw logistics for thirty-three youth conferences across North America (average attendance 5,000+ per conference); negotiated contracts with vendors, venues, labor unions, merchandisers, talent managers.
  • Managed annual budget of more than $3million.
  • Managed team of five full-time staff and 60+ interns.
  • Served as coach/trainer for mission trip leaders.
  • Preached/taught at missions training seminars and coached short-term mission trip leaders.
  • Helped to lead 40+ short-term mission trips.

2003-2012      Real Estate Entrepreneurship

  • Self-employed landlord, property manager, and commercial mortgage broker; frequently “flipped” residential properties and paper assets.

2006-2008      New Foundations Charter School

  • Substitute Teacher
  • Coached middle school basketball and flag football
  • Taught SAT Prep classes

Education & Training

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

  • Ph.D., Historical Theology (in progress; anticipated 2023)
  • Th.M., Pedagogy (in progress; anticipated 2022)
  • Master of Divinity

Spurgeon College

  • Bachelor of Arts, Biblical Studies

Harvard Medical School, Harvard University

  • Completion of coursework in genetics via HMX Fundamentals program

Warren National University

  • Bachelor of Science, Organizational Psychology.

Berean School of the Bible

  • Completion of two-years of coursework, completed all requirements for denominational ministerial credentials

BLAST Training Program

  • Completion of apprenticeship program for authors led by best-selling author Shannon Ethridge