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Doctor of Ministry in Preaching as Leadership in Hispanic/Latinx Congregations (DMin)

This DMin track will further the development of your preaching skills in a way that is relevant to the contextual needs of Hispanic/Latinx congregations primarily in the United States. You will also enhance your financial and strategic planning skills so that you can lead viable, self-sustaining, and organizationally healthy congregations.
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Rev. Dr. Irving Cotto
In this track, students will develop communication and management skills that will enable them to lead viable, self-sustaining and organizationally healthy local churches. - Rev. Dr. Irving Cotto, Advisor for the DMin in Preaching as Leadership for Hispanic/Latinx Congregations

Two Renowned Institutions, One Dynamic Program

Through the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching as Leadership in Hispanic/Latinx Congregations track you will earn both a Doctor of Ministry from Garrett-Evangelical and a certificate in nonprofit management from the Center for Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Through this unique partnership, the seminars at the Center for Nonprofit Management will teach the necessary financial tools with greater opportunities for you to link your learnings to your ministry. You will get the best of leadership and financial training and theological education from two renowned institutions through a set of prescribed and elective courses.

The Center for Nonprofit seminars will be taught in English, but, thanks to a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., Spanish translations of all written materials will be provided to you. There will also be a bilingual leader who will attend the seminars and work with you during break outs to process the seminar material for use in the your ministry site. Courses will be taught bilingually at Garrett-Evangelical, with a focus on teaching in Spanish, to make it possible for you to gain communication skills in the language you use in your ministry.

Affording Your Education

50% scholarships are available to students accepted into the 2021 cohort as a part of Garrett-Evangelical's Leading Vibrant Congregations: A Collaboration of Faith and Finance initiative with support from the Lilly Endowment Inc.!

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary recognizes that one of the biggest hurdles to continuing one’s theological education is cost. The traditional structure of a doctor of ministry program, where the majority of tuition costs and fees happen at the beginning of the program, places a greater financial burden on the student in the first year or two of their DMin program. To ease the financial burden of those answering a call to grow their skillsets and enhance their ministry through a DMin degree, Garrett-Evangelical has established a flat-rate for the DMin program which covers the cost of the 30 credit hours required to complete the degree and all required fees.* Students are billed in six (6) equal installments over three years. By knowing the full cost of your tuition and fees upfront and spreading the cost between six equal payments over three years, you will be able to anticipate and plan out your financial needs.

*DISCLAIMER: Tuition and Fees rates are based on the most recent available data. Rates are subject to increase with each new cohort. Extending coursework beyond the recommended period of time will have an impact on final cost.

Renowned Faculty Dedicated to the Practice of Ministry

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has recruited a group of experienced, published, dynamic, and bicultural Hispanic/Latinx professors of homiletics around the country to teach courses in the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching as Leadership in Hispanic/Latinx Congregations track. They bring strong academic and teaching credentials in the field of preaching, as well as an active preaching ministry in their respective denominations. Their different denominational backgrounds, cultural identities, and international experience will enrich the teaching and learning input in the classroom.

Their understanding of the diverse Hispanic/Latinx communities and churches in the United States and their familiarity with US Latinx theologies and Latin American theologies will help students of this program learn how to preach the Gospel with theological integrity, pastoral relevance, and cultural sensitivity. Finally, their bicultural and bilingual life experience will support students in the program to explore and adapt creatively in preaching to the multiple national and cultural identities, migration experiences, and generational and linguistic differences present in US Hispanic/Latinx churches and communities.

Rev. Dr. Jared E. AlcántaraRev. Dr. Jared E. Alcántara is associate professor of preaching and holder of the Paul W. Powell Endowed Chair in Preaching at George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. An ordained Baptist minister, he has served as a youth pastor, associate pastor, and teaching pastor in Illinois, Massachusetts, Oregon, and New Jersey. Alcántara is passionate about equipping students to preach God’s Word in ways that are faithful, effective, clear, creative, and inspiring. His teaching and research interests include global south preaching, cultural and intercultural engagement, and the role of race and ethnicity in preaching, especially in Latino/a and African American contexts.

Rev. Dr. Irving CottoRev. Dr. Irving Cotto is a former district superintendent and director of congregational development in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church. He is currently the pastor of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Warrington, PA. Cotto is the author of Fiesta en la Casa de Dios, a book on pastoral reflections regarding worship. He has led training workshops for lay missionaries and has written training modules for the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry. He is also a founding member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and a member of the American Counseling Association, the National Association of United Methodist Evangelists, and the Society of Pastoral Theology.

Rev. Dr. Francisco Javier Goitia-PadillaRev. Dr. Francisco Javier Goitia-Padilla is program director for Theological Formation, Seminaries, and Lay Schools in the Domestic Mission unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. An ordained minister of the ELCA rostered in the Caribbean Synod, he was professor of theology and homiletics at the Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico from 2005 to 2017 and its dean from July 2012 to December 2017.

Rev. Dr. Pablo A. JiménezRev. Dr. Pablo A. Jiménez is associate dean for the Hispanic Ministries Program at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Jiménez previously served as pastor of the CCDC in Sonadora, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico; director of the “Rev. Juan Figueroa Umpierre” Bible Institute of the CCDC in Puerto Rico; and executive director of the Association for Hispanic Theological Education (AETH) and manager of the Hispanic Summer Program (HSP).

Rev. Dr. Osvaldo VenaRev. Dr. Osvaldo Vena is professor of New Testament interpretation and former director of the Hispanic/Latinx Center at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Apart from many articles and essays, written both in English and Spanish, he has published numerous books including The Parousia and Its Rereadings: The Development of the Eschatological Consciousness in the Writings of the New Testament, Apocalipsis (Revelation), Evangelio de Marcos: Comentario para Exegesis y Traducción (Mark: A Commentary for Exegesis and Translation), and Jesus, Disciple of the Kingdom: Mark’s Christology for a Community in Crisis.

About the DMin at Garrett-Evangelical

The DMin program is an advanced degree focusing on best practices in church leadership relevant to your specific context. As a DMin student, you will enhance your ministry skills and stimulate your pastoral imagination all while making a significant contribution to the church through a guided research project.

To meet your specific vocational goals and needs, Garrett-Evangelical offers six tracks for DMin students:

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Founded in 1853, Garrett-Evangelical is a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church with an ecumenical outreach. Faithfully embracing the future, we are committed to preparing skilled, bold and articulate leaders for ministry in the 21st century. On the campus of Northwestern University, upon the shores of Lake Michigan and on the outskirts of Chicago, Garrett-Evangelical is a place to nurture mind, body, and spirit. The seminary serves more than 400 students from many denominations and various backgrounds and its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

Degree Requirements

The Doctor of Ministry in Preaching as Leadership in Hispanic/Latinx Congregations is a 30-credit hour program.

Tailored to Fit Your Needs

You can complete the required 30-credit hours in the DMin program in as little as three years or as many as six. Classes are offered in a hybrid model of on-campus and online courses to give you high quality theological education in a flexible format. Kellogg courses meet in-person at the Kellogg School of Management, typically for two to four days depending on the course. The two summer on-campus courses offered in Year 1 and Year 2 each meet for five days in consecutive weeks. Once the coursework is completed the research project follows. The research project is tailored specifically to your ministry context and you will be supported by an on-site advisory team and the DMin faculty.

Anticipated Course Schedule

For exact course dates, please contact our Admissions Office at

Year 1

  • Preaching as Testimony (Summer on-campus course)
  • Performance in Preaching (Summer on-campus course)
  • Finance Seminar (Kellogg on-campus course)

Year 2

  • Contemporary Biblical Interpretation for Preaching (Summer on-campus course)
  • Contemporary Theology for Preaching (Summer on-campus course)
  • Project Design and Methodology (Fall online course)
  • Faith and Leadership Seminar (Kellogg on-campus course)
  • Integrative Seminar (Kellogg Executive Capstone on-campus course)

Year 3

  • Preaching as Social Transformation (Summer on-campus course)
  • Preaching and the Margins of the World (Summer on-campus course)
  • Project Research and Writing (Fall-Spring)
  • Project Defense (Spring)
  • Graduation (Spring)

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have earned a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree or its equivalent
  • At least three years of full-time ministry following the awarding of that degree
  • Applicants must be serving in a ministry setting that is predominately Spanish-speaking
  • Applicants serve in that ministry setting during their DMin program
  • Applicants must be bilingual in English and Spanish

Admission Process

Detailed information for the application requirements and process can be found here.

The next cohort for the DMin in Preaching as Leadership in Hispanic/Latinx Congregations is TBA. The Doctor of Ministry committee reserves the right to determine in its sole judgment whether an applicant is a suitable candidate for a specific concentration in the DMin program.

International Student Applicants 
The DMin Program offers coursework in intensive sessions twice a year. This schedule has implications for international students and visa applications. Therefore, we are unable to offer F-1 visas for Doctor of Ministry students.