Vice President for Education, The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)
Dr. José R. Irizarry serves as Vice President of Education at the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). He also teaches theology and culture courses for the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University.
For the last 20 years, Irizarry has occupied academic administration positions as Program Director, Dean, and President. An ordained Minister of the PC(USA), he holds degrees from the University of Puerto Rico (BA), McCormick Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Northwestern University (PhD), as well as professional certificates from Boston University (PFr) and Cornell University (CPm). As a scholar in the field of religious education and intercultural relations, he has traveled internationally to lead seminars and conduct research.
In 2007 he was elected President of the Religious Education Association in the US and Canada. Irizarry served on the Board of Directors of the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation for eight years, and has served on the Editorial Board of five ecumenical journals. He was appointed to the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches and to the Committee on Theological Education of the PC(USA). His major academic interests are international and intercultural relations, justice theory, critical pedagogy, aesthetics of space, and religious teratology.