Victor Aloyo, Jr., MDiv ’89, is the associate dean of institutional diversity and community engagement at Princeton Theological Seminary and head pastor of La Iglesia Presbiteriana Nuevas Fronteras. With more than 30 years of community engagement, multicultural relations, and congregational leadership in New Jersey and New York, Aloyo has his finger on the pulse of the prevailing issues of many cultures today.
Aloyo is the chief strategist at Princeton Seminary on matters related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Under his leadership, the Seminary has developed a Diversity Action Blueprint as a resource for other institutions to establish goals, objectives, and assessment criteria to strengthen multicultural relations within their organizations. He also initiated and continues to administer the Seminary’s “Courageous Conversations on Race, Power, Privilege, Stereotypes, and Justice.” Courageous Conversations is a series of campus-wide discussions centered around the topics of racism, gender inequalities, issues of oppression and power, and stereotypes. He also leads the Seminary’s urban ministry and community engagement initiatives, which cultivate sustainable partnerships with community organizations, educational institutions, worship centers, and community residents in Trenton and the greater Mercer County.
Other areas at the Seminary where Aloyo continues to serve include the admissions committee, where he chairs the international admissions committee; the accreditation committee; and the Task Force on the Historical Audit on Slavery. He is also the institution’s primary designated school officer with the United States Customs and Immigration Service, the Title IX and Title VI coordinator, and director of the Office of Multicultural Relations.
In addition to his work with the Seminary, Aloyo’s leadership responsibilities have included service as director of urban ministry at the New York City Mission Society, senior and organizing pastor of the Presbyterian Church of The Redeemer of East Brooklyn for 10 years, moderator of the Presbytery of New York City, and chair of the General Council of the New York City Presbytery. He also served as a member of the board of trustees of the New York Theological Seminary; the Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center in Holmes, New York; and the New York City Presbytery, while spearheading the organization of La Promesa Presbyterian Church in Flushing, Queens (currently Iglesia Cristiana La Promesa). Aloyo currently serves as a member of the board of trustees of the Presbyterian Foundation and convener of the Covenant Architects Network. Over the past 15 years in Plainfield, New Jersey, he has served as a field education supervisor/mentor for more than 50 seminarians from Princeton Theological Seminary at La Iglesia Presbiteriana Nuevas Fronteras, creating a unique teaching church ministry model.
Aloyo earned a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies and sociology from the College of New Rochelle, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Pennsylvania, focusing his dissertation on navigating diversity and inclusion within a framework of social justice.