BTh, Central American Adventist University, 1989
MDiv, Andrews University, 1995
DMin, Andrews University, 1997
Year of Appointment, 2011
Dr. Fernando Ortiz is a graduate of Andrews University, where he completed both his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry in missions with an emphasis in youth ministry. During his 20 years of ministry, Dr. Ortiz has worked in a variety of pastoral roles in Honduras and Brazil, and spent many years ministering in Berrien Springs, Michigan. From 1995–2000, he served first as the youth pastor and then as the senior pastor at the Berrien Springs Spanish Church. In 2000, he served as youth pastor and later interim senior pastor at the Battle Creek Tabernacle in Battle Creek, Michigan. From 2003-2011, he pastored within the Indiana Conference. Since 2011, Dr. Ortiz has served as the Master of Divinity program director, where he founded Care for Cuba, an initiative to equip Adventist pastors and Bible workers with crucial resources to share the gospel. Since the tour began in 2013, more than 100 MDiv students have attended the trip and over 800 Cubans have been baptized as a result of the evangelistic efforts. Dr. Ortiz and his wife, Daniela, have three sons, Daniel, Samuel and David. His hobbies include spending time with his family, preaching, vision casting with his students and leading the Care for Cuba initiative.