Dr. Efrain Agosto

Professor of New Testament Studies

Office phone: 212-870-1234
E-Mail: eagosto@nyts.edu

Educational Background

  • BA Columbia University
  • MDiv Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • PhD Boston University

Religious Affiliation

  • United Church of Christ

Dr. Efraín Agosto joined the faculty of NYTS in July 2011 as Professor of New Testament Studies. Formerly, he was Academic Dean (2007-2011), Professor of New Testament and Director of the Programa de Ministerios Hispanos at Hartford Seminary (1995-2011).  No stranger to New York, Dr. Agosto was born and raised in the city to parents who were originally from Puerto Rico.  He graduated from Columbia University with a BA (1977) before moving to Boston to complete his MDiv at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (1982) and his PhD at Boston University (1996).  He served as Director of the Center for Urban Ministerial Education in Boston, a campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (1990-1995) prior to his appointment at Hartford Seminary.  Dr. Agosto has served in pastoral ministry in Pentecostal, Baptist and Congregational churches in New York, Boston, and East Hartford, Connecticut.  In 2000, he completed a one-year term on an interim pastoral team at the Iglesia Cristiana Nueva Esperanza (United Church of Christ) in East Hartford, Connecticut and continues to be sought after as a preacher and pastoral teacher. From April to December 2013, he was interim pastor at the historic Second Spanish Baptist Church in East Harlem, New York.

Dr. Agosto’s scholarship focuses primarily on the Pauline Epistles, with a special interest in the leadership of Paul and others who were serving in ministry in these communities.  Among his publications are Servant Leadership: Jesus and Paul (Chalice Press, 2005), and a Spanish-language commentary on I and II Corinthians, Corintios (Augsburg Fortress Press, 2008). He is currently working on a book on Paul and Ministry Issues. Dr. Agosto serves on the Steering Committee of the Hispanic Theological Initiative, and represents NYTS on the Governing Board of the Hispanic Summer Program.  At NYTS he teaches courses in New Testament, especially Pauline Studies, New Testament Leadership and Ministry, and Latino/a Hermeneutics.



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