Dr. Efraín Agosto has been Professor of New Testament Studies at NYTS since July 2011. Formerly, he was on the faculty of Hartford Seminary as Professor of New Testament and Director of the Programa de Ministerios Hispanos from 1995 to 2011, including the last four years there as Academic Dean. Dr. Agosto was born and raised in New York City to parents who were originally from Puerto Rico. He graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in 1977 before moving to Boston to complete his M.Div. at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (1982) and his Ph. D. in New Testament and Christian Origins at Boston University (1996). He served as Director of the Center for Urban Ministerial Education in Boston, a campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, from 1990 to 1995. Dr. Agosto has served in pastoral ministry in Pentecostal, Baptist and Congregational churches in New York, Boston, and East Hartford, Connecticut. He is currently the Interim Pastor at Second Spanish Baptist Church in East Harlem.
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 Augsburg Fortress Press in 2008. He has served as a Mentor and Steering Committee Member for the Hispanic Theological Initiative, and on the Executive Committee of the Association of Theological Schools. At NYTS, he teaches courses in New Testament at the Masters degree level, including Second Testament Introduction, Pastoral Readings of Paul’s Letters, Leadership in the New Testament, 1-2 Corinthians, and other NT book studies.