Ph.D., Temple University,
M.A.T.S., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
B.A. Gordon College.
Edwin David Aponte is Executive Director of the Louisville Institute. Funded by the 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 enhance the work of the other. As a cultural historian Aponte explores faith, spirituality and culture, especially within Latino/a religions, African American religions, and the intersections of race, ethnicity and religion. His various writings include ¡Santo! Varieties of Latino/a Spirituality (Orbis Books, 2012). Previously he served as Dean and Chief Executive Administrator of Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Christian Theological Seminary, and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Seminary at Lancaster Theological Seminary. Additionally, Aponte was on the faculty of Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University where he taught history of Christianity and congregational studies. He also served as Research Professor of Latina/o and Latin American Christianity in the Center of World Christianity at New York Theological Seminary. From 1994-1998 Dr. Aponte was Director of the Institute for International and Cultural Studies at North Park University in Chicago, Illinois, a program that included the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Center for Korean Studies, the Center for Africana Studies, the Center for Scandinavian Studies, and the Center for Latino Studies, each involved in many intercultural, international, and inter-religious initiatives. Dr. Aponte is an ordained Teaching Elder (Minister of Word and Sacrament) in the Presbyterian Church, (USA). He was a member of the Pastor Initiative Cluster of the Re-Forming Ministry Initiative, a national project of the Office of Theology, Worship, and Education, PCUSA and has been active in presbytery and synod service.