Edwin David Aponte
Executive Director, Louisville Institute
The Rev. Edwin David Aponte, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Louisville Institute. Funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc., the Louisville Institute seeks to enrich the religious life of North American Christians and to encourage the strengthening of their institutions by bringing together those who lead religious institutions with those who study them, so that the work of each might inform and enrich the work of the other. Dr. Aponte also serves as Research Professor of Religion and Culture at Louisville Seminary.
Dr. Aponte graduated from Gordon College (B.A.), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.A.T.S.), and Temple University (M.A., Ph.D.). As a cultural historian Dr. Aponte explores faith, spirituality and culture, especially the intersections of race, ethnicity, and religion, congregational studies, and religion and politics. His writings include ¡Santo! Varieties of Latino/a Spirituality (Orbis Books, 2012), and he was co-editor of Handbook of Latina/o Theologies (Chalice Press, 2006) and co-author of Introducing Latino/a Theologies (Orbis Books, 2001).
He has 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.
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.