DM650/651 Orientation Seminar The Latino Pastor Theologian cohorts
DM660/661 Research Seminar The Latino Pastor Theologian cohorts
DM670/671 Thesis Seminar The Latino Pastor Theologian cohorts
DM940 Thesis Project The Latino Pastor Theologian & Pastoral Leadership in the Latin American Church Contexts cohorts
David A. Escobar Arcay
Associate Professor of Theology
Director of the Hispanic Ministry Program
Dr. David A. Escobar Arcay was born and raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico (United States Territory). Having attended and graduated from the public schools in the Caribbean Island, he was then educated in the United States. Dr. Escobar Arcay has considerable experience in a range of educational settings as an ESL & bilingual educator, U.S. citizenship instructor, schoolteacher, principal, and most recently as a professor of education at Nova Southeastern University (Orlando & Miami, Florida) where teaching and mentoring doctoral (ED.D.) students have taken him to South Korea, Malaysia, Ecuador, Mexico, Belize, Colombia, and Puerto Rico. Dr. Escobar Arcay has published numerous book reviews, several articles and two books on educational change.
Dr. Escobar Arcay has also lectured widely for diverse theological seminaries and congregations in South Africa, the English and Spanish speaking Caribbean, Central America, South America, and the United States. He has served the church in a variety of roles and capacities, some of which include: Sunday school teacher and local church Bible institute instructor, Pastor of Education, Theologian-in-Residence and educational consultant.
At Western, Dr. Escobar Arcay has served as an adjunct professor in both the Spanish and English programs. He has lectured on Transformative Learning for Clergy for Western’s D.Min. Global cohort on Church Leadership joint program with Filadelfia University (UniFil) in Londrina, Brazil. Recently, he taught Business Leadership for Western’s D.Min. Global cohort on Pastoral Leadership in the Latin American Church Contexts in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Currently, Dr. Escobar teaches for and directs Western’s D.Min. cohorts on The Latino Pastor Theologian in Orlando, FL. In the Fall of 2021, WTS welcomed Dr. David A. Escobar Arcay as Associate Professor of Theology and Director of The Hispanic Ministry Program.
A graduate of Harvard (Ed.M.) and with multiple degrees in education, divinity and theology, Dr. Escobar Arcay earned his first Ph.D. at Boston College in educational leadership. Dr. David A. Escobar Arcay is presently studying for his second Ph.D. in Divinity (Systematic Theology) focusing on contemporary trinitarian theology at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, United Kingdom. His life-long teaching, reading and research interests include: dogmatic and constructive theology, trinitarian theology, classical and contemporary pneumatologies, theologies of retrieval, theological interpretation of Scripture, the intellectual and moral virtues, Reformation and Post-Reformation theology and history, modern Protestant theology, Christian/religious education, the leadership, theological education and spiritual formation of pastor-theologians, the Christian intellectual tradition, theology and culture (modernity and postmodernity), and theology and the social sciences (particularly theology’s relationship to philosophical, political and social foundations of education).
Dr. Escobar Arcay has served along and collaborated with local church Bible institutes, theological seminary students and professors, lay leaders and pastors from all walks of life, at various educational levels and in many ecclesiastical settings. Dr. Escobar Arcay is an ardent and passionate believer in the imperative and power of education to equip the church, enhance the human condition and improve society.
“I am excited and passionate about theological education for the theological discourses, spaces and practices it creates, provides and sustains. I hope to contribute to the cultivation, renewal and sustainability of theological discourses, spaces and practices that nurture and equip students for a life of service at the intersection of church, the academy, and society. Theological discourses, spaces and practices are critical to help students navigate between texts and contexts; facilitate deep learning and faithful teaching; promote the integration of knowledge, reflection and action; and participate in the ongoing redemptive mission and work in the world of the Triune God of Grace whose Father has called us to His Son Christ in the power of the Spirit. As a professor, I am thrilled and joyful to join such an outstanding, committed, and top-notch faculty at WTS. Let us continue to engage the ancient historic Christian tradition while ever remaining mindful of the contemporary challenges and opportunities that the omnipresence of change presents us with.”