Dr. Efraín Agosto, former Academic Dean, Professor of New Testament and Director of the Programa de Ministerios Hispanos at Hartford Seminary, joins the NYTS faculty as Professor of New Testament. No stranger to New York, Dr. Agosto was born and raised in the city to parents who were originally from Puerto Rico. He graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. before moving to Boston to complete his M.Div. at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and his Ph. D. at Boston University. He served as Director of the Center for Urban Ministerial Education in Boston, a campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary prior to his appointment at Hartford Seminary. Dr. Agosto has served in pastoral ministry in Pentecostal, Baptist and Congregational churches in New York, Boston, and East Hartford, Connecticut. In 2000, he completed a one-year term on an interim pastoral team at the Iglesia Cristiana Nueva Esperanza (United Church of Christ) in East Hartford, Connecticut and continues to be sought after as a preacher and pastoral teacher.
Dr. Agosto’s scholarship focuses primarily on the Pauline Epistles, with a special interest in the leadership of Paul and others who were serving in ministry in these communities. Among his publications are Servant Leadership: Jesus and Paul, which was published by Chalice Press in 2005, and a Spanish-language commentary on I and II Corinthians, Corintios, which was published by AugsburgFortress Press in 2008. He has served as a Mentor for the Hispanic Theological Initiative, and on the Executive Committee of the Association of Theological Schools. At NYTS he will teach courses in New Testament at the Masters degree level and in the Spanish language Doctor of Ministry program.