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 also has a TEDx Talk called “How to be a Great Mentor.” It has been watched more than 100,000 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.
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 Coordinator and Young Adults Ministry Coordinator.
- Helped manage church-wide periodicals.
- Helped to coordinate the 5th and 6th grade ministry.
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 2024)
- Th.M., Pedagogy (in progress; anticipated 2023)
- Master of Divinity
Harvard Medical School, Harvard University
- Completion of coursework in genetics via HMX Fundamentals program
- Bachelor of Arts, Biblical Studies
Warren National University
- Bachelor of Science, concentration in Organizational Leadership and 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