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(2016–) Director of DTS en Español, Associate Professor of World Missions and Intercultural Studies. BA, University of South Florida, 1984; JD, Southern Methodist University, 1988; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary, 2008; PhD, Seminario Teológico Centroamericano (SETECA), 2015.

Dr. Ortiz moved to Dallas from Sarasota, Florida with his wife, Kathy, in November 2015, but they are not strangers to Dallas as they lived here while he was getting his ThM from DTS in 2008. They have two children: Michael and Alyssa. He and Kathy have been married for over 30 years and now attend Northwest Bible Church. He is a Cuban American with a passion for theological education in the Hispanic Community. He has had extensive ministry in Cuba related to leadership development and contextualization within the Cuban setting. He is also a practicing attorney and enjoys cycling, fishing, and photography.

TIMOTHY J. RALSTON (1992–) Professor of Pastoral Ministries. BS, University of Waterloo, 1978; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1983; PhD, 1994.

Dr. Ralston brings a rich pastoral background to the classroom. He has served as not only an associate pastor and pastor in Ontario, but also as a director of adult education in the United States. Dr. Ralston is an active member in the North American Academy of Liturgy, the Evangelical Theological Society, and the Evangelical Homiletics Society. His research in New Testament manuscripts, worship, and spiritual direction has taken him into a wide variety of settings and produced many scholarly articles. He is also an active Master Scuba Diving instructor and emergency firstresponse trainer. He and his wife, Carol, have two daughters.

RAMESH P. RICHARD (1979–83; 1987–2012; 2017–) Professor of Global Theological Engagement and Pastoral Ministries. BCom, Madras Christian College, 1973; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1979; ThD, 1982; PhD, University of Delhi, 1991.

In addition to more than 30 years of faculty service, Dr. Richard is founder and president of Ramesh Richard Evangelism and Church Health (RREACH), a global proclamation ministry that seeks to evangelize leaders and strengthen pastors primarily of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He has ministered in over 100 countries, speaking to wide-ranging audiences, from pastors in rural areas to heads of state. In partnership with DTS, RREACH launched the Global Proclamation Academy to equip influential young pastors from all over the world. Dr. Richard is also the founder of Trainers of Pastors International Coalition (TOPIC) and the general convener of the 2016 Global Proclamation Congress for Pastoral Trainers. He and his wife, Bonnie, have three grown children and two grandchildren.


ERIK D. SALWEN (2014–) Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling, DTS-Houston. BA, University of Texas at Austin, 1993; MBA, Columbia University, 2002; MABC/MABS, Dallas Theological Seminary, 2011; PhD, Regent University, 2016.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Dallas Theological Seminary, Dr. Salwen is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and the founder of College Station Christian Counseling, PLLC, ministering to the Bryan/College Station area. He has exercised executive leadership in the discipline of counseling across business, educational, and church contexts. Active in the Greater Houston area since 1996, Dr. Salwen has consistently sought out opportunities to serve the local community and currently serves on the board of regents of Texas Southern University. His ongoing research interest is in the area of church leadership and mental health.

JAY L. SEDWICK JR. (1998–) Chair and Professor of Educational Ministries and Leadership. BS, Pennsylvania State University, 1984; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1989; MA, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1996; PhD, 2003.

Dr. Sedwick has over thirty years of youth ministry experience. He serves on the board of the Association of Youth Ministry Educators and has served as president of the board for the Society of Professors in Christian Education. An ordained minister who teaches youth at a large Dallas-area church, Dr. Sedwick is also a popular conference and seminar speaker. His research and teaching interests include youth development, youth culture, biblical education for youth, curriculum design, and legal and financial issues in ministry. 227

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2019-2020 DTS Catalog  

This 2019–2020 catalog contains degree plans, course descriptions, faculty listings, and the doctrinal statement of Dallas Theological Semin...

2019-2020 DTS Catalog  

This 2019–2020 catalog contains degree plans, course descriptions, faculty listings, and the doctrinal statement of Dallas Theological Semin...