Reverend Dr. Dynna Castillo Portugal was a 2015-2016 faculty fellow at Western Theological Seminary. She has served as adjunct instructor in the areas of pastoral care and educational leadership at Luther Seminary and Bethel University (both in St. Paul, MN). Dr. Castillo Portugal completed her Ph.D. in pastoral care and counseling at Luther Seminary in 2014. Her dissertation was titled, “The Kingdom of God: Guiding Pastoral Care for Female Victims of Domestic Violence in Mexico.” She has completed seven units of Clinical Pastoral Education and has studied Nonviolent Communication, which she incorporates in her teaching and practice of pastoral care. Dr. Castillo Portugal is an ordained minister in the Gethsemane Evangelical Church (Mexico City) and has served there as an associate pastor and elsewhere as worship leader and director of Latino/a outreach ministry.
“I have a real passion for educating people. Teaching is a ministry that has blessed my life for several years. I have always enjoyed constructive relationships with my students. I feel a strong commitment to serve God through teaching, preaching, and serving others. I believe that my greatest teaching strength is to ask at all times the guidance, wisdom, and discernment of the Holy Spirit so that I can be an instrument of God inside and outside the classroom.”