Kenneth E. Ortiz is the Dean of Online Education and Professor of theology and contemporary issues at Bethany Global University, pastor at Cities Church (St. Paul, MN), Content Specialist for JustDisciple.com, adjunct instructor at Spurgeon College, PhD Student at Midwestern Seminary, and host of Theology for the Rest of Us.

He has more than 15 years of ministry experience. Kenneth is a Disney enthusiast and fan of Philly and Villanova sports team. He is married to Malaina, they live in Bloomington, MN with their daughter Idelette.


Work Experience

2019-Present       Cities Church

  • Currently serving as bi-vocational Pastor.
  • Oversee hospitality team and assimilation processes.
  • Manage church-wide communications and periodicals.

2016-Present    Bethany Global University

  • Currently the Dean of Online Education and Professor of theology and contemporary issues.
  • Have taught courses (residential and online) in theology, ethics, leadership, missiology, and public policy.
  • Oversee and manage strategic partnerships.
  • Create digital content for content marketing strategies.
  • Developed and brought multiple degree programs to market.

2013-2016         Mosaic Church

  • Served as Student Ministry and Young Adults Ministry Coordinator.
  • Assisted in management of church-wide periodicals.

2005-2013         Teen Mania Ministries

  • Served as Director of Operations for “Acquire the Fire” youth conferences.
  • Oversaw logistics for thirty-three youth conferences across North America (average attendance 5,000+ per conference); negotiated contracts with vendors, venues, labor unions, merchandisers, talent managers.
  • Managed annual budget of more than $3million.
  • Managed team of five full-time staff and 60+ interns.
  • Served as coach/trainer for mission trip leaders.
  • Preached/taught at missions training seminars and coached short-term mission trip leaders.
  • Helped to lead 40+ short-term mission trips.

2003-2012         Real Estate Entrepreneurship

  • Self-employed landlord, property manager, and commercial mortgage broker; frequently “flipped” residential properties and paper assets.

Education & Training

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

  • Ph.D., Historical Theology (in progress; anticipated 2023)
  • Th.M., Pedagogy (in progress; anticipated 2022)
  • Master of Divinity

Spurgeon College

  • Bachelor of Arts, Biblical Studies

Harvard Medical School, Harvard University

  • Completion of coursework in genetics via HMX Fundamentals program

Warren National University

  • Bachelor of Science, Organizational Psychology.

Berean School of the Bible

  • Completion of two-years of coursework, completed all requirements for denominational ministerial credentials

BLAST Training Program

  • Completion of apprenticeship program for authors led by best-selling author Shannon Ethridge