HTI Alumni

Lizette Acosta

Lizette Acosta

Director of Latino Ministry Formation Program, Asbury Theological Seminary

According to her mother, Lizette expressed a desire to be a pastor at the young age of four. It would take 20 years for Lizette to finally pursue that call. She completed bachelors in Philosophy and in Religion, followed by a Master in Divinity. In 2008, Lizette had to honor of being ordained through the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Since those early years, her call has not changed. For 13 years, as the Director of the Latino Ministry Formation Program, Lizette served as a pastor, a mentor, and a teacher to her students.

Recently, she completed a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies. Her dissertation, titled “A Missional Reading of First John: Understanding the Dual Love-Command,” argues that First John should be read missionally. The goal is to demonstrate , first, that the dual love-command demands an understanding of the “other” that goes beyond the boundaries of one’s community; and second, that the author’s intention in insisting on mutual love is for the sake of the believers’ unity and of their witness to the world.