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Edwin David Aponte

Edwin David Aponte

Dean and Professor of Religion and Culture, Drew Theological School

Field(s) of Study: Church History & Religion and Society

The Rev. Edwin David Aponte, Ph.D. is the Dean and Professor of Religion & Culture at the Theological School of Drew University.  Previous to this appointment Dr. Aponte was the Executive Director of the Louisville Institute.

Aponte holds degrees from Gordon College (B.A.), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.A.T.S.), and Temple University (M.A., Ph.D.). As a cultural historian, Aponte explores faith, spirituality, and culture, especially the intersections of race, ethnicity, and religion, congregational studies, as well as religion and politics. Aponte also explores issues of diversity, inclusion, and multicultural and intercultural realities His many publications include ¡Santo! Varieties of Latino/a Spirituality (Orbis Books, 2012), and he is co-editor of Handbook of Latina/o Theologies (Chalice Press, 2006) and co-author of Introducing Latinx Theologies (Orbis Books, 2020), both with Miguel A. De La Torre.

Aponte received fellowships and research support from the Fund for Theological Education; the Pew Charitable Trusts; the Fund for Graduate Education of the Presbyterian Church, USA; the Hispanic Theological Initiative; Temple University; the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion; Southern Methodist University; and Louisville Institute; and the Lilly Endowment Inc.

An ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church, USA and a member of the Mid-Kentucky Presbytery, Dr. Aponte was a member of the Pastor Initiative Cluster of the Re-Forming Ministry Initiative of the Office of Theology and Worship, PCUSA. Previously he served as Parish Associate at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas and in Grace Presbytery as Member, Vice-moderator, and Moderator of the Committee on Examinations, and as a Commissioner to the Synod of the Sun of the Presbyterian Church.