Dean & Chief Executive Administrator
Professor of Religion and Culture
Ph.D. (Religion): Temple University
M.A. (Religion): Temple University
M.A.T.S. (Old Testament/Hebrew Bible): Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
B.A. (Biblical and Theological Studies): Gordon College
“I embrace Palmer Seminary’s clear and demonstrated commitment to integrate faith, reason, and justice as succinctly expressed in its motto, ‘The Whole Gospel for the Whole World through Whole Persons.’ With God’s help, I will assist the community at Palmer in its mission to educate and transform students by the love of God in Christ as they concretely and lovingly care for ‘the least of these’ in a variety of ministries. I believe that we share this calling and that God has joined us in the dynamic ministry of theological education.”
Edwin David Aponte joined Palmer Seminary on July 1, 2014 as Dean and Professor of Religion and Culture. Aponte is an ordained Teaching Elder (Minister of Word and Sacrament) in the Presbyterian Church, (USA).
Dr. Aponte’s scholarship focuses on the interplay between religion and culture in the United States, especially Latino/a religions, African-American religions, North American religious history, immigration and justice, and congregational studies. He is the author of several publications including ¡Santo! Varieties of Latina/Spirituality (Orbis Books), Introducing Latino/a Theologies (Orbis Books) authored with Miguel A. De La Torre, and co-editor of A Handbook of Latina/o Theologies (Chalice Press) also with De La Torre. His other writings include “Ecclesiologies: Protestant,” and “Theologizing Popular Protestantism” both in the forthcoming Blackwell Companion to Latino/a Theology, edited by Orlando E. Espín, “A View from the Margins: Constructing a History of Latino/a Protestantism,” in Latino Christian Thought at the Dawn of the 21st Century: Apuntes in Honor of Justo L. González (Abingdon Press), “Metaphysical Blending in Latino/a Botánicas in Dallas,” in Rethinking Latino(a) Religion and Identity (Pilgrim Press), “Rethinking the Core: African and African American Religious Perspectives in the Seminary Curriculum,” in Teaching African American Religions (Oxford University Press), “Music and the U.S. Latina and Latino Experience,” in Introduction to the U.S. Latina and Latino Religious Experience (Brill), and “Hispanic Theology” in Global Dictionary of Theology (InterVarsity Press).
In addition to preaching and teaching in local congregations Dr. Aponte has given keynote addresses for the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, the Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ, the Southeastern Jurisdiction Convocation for Non-Hispanic/Latino Churches Involved in Hispanic/Latino Ministries of The United Methodist Church, and the School for Congregational Development, General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church.
Dr. Aponte is active in the American Academy of Religion, the Society for Race, Ethnicity, and Religion, American Studies Association and the American Society of Church History. He has received fellowships and research support from The Louisville Institute, the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, the Fund for Theological Education, the Hispanic Theological Initiative, Temple University, Southern Methodist University, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Fund for Graduate Education of the Presbyterian Church, (USA), and The Lilly Endowment.