Rev. Dr. Benjamin Espinoza is passionate about developing the next generation of leaders for the church and society. His passion extends to many areas of leadership, ministry, and scholarship. Currently, he serves as Associate VP of Online Education, Executive Director of Seminary Administration, and Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary in Rochester, New York. In addition to these roles, Ben serves as the Associate Director of Curricular Planning for the Spanish Ministry Education & Formation department of The Wesleyan Church, on the board of directors for the Association of Youth Ministry Educators and Teaching Like Jesus Ministries, and is active in the Association for Hispanic Theological Education. He previously served on the board for the Children’s Spirituality Summit.
An ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church, Ben has several years of ministry experience. He served as a youth pastor, community life pastor, and lead pastor at a vibrant, missional church in Bowling Green, Ohio. Most recently, Ben was the college pastor at Faith Church in Lansing, Michigan, where he worked with students from Michigan State University and Lansing Community College. He is a member of the St. Peter Fellowship of the Center for Pastor Theologians.
In addition to several leadership roles and years of ministry experience, Ben publishes regularly in the areas of Christian education and youth ministry, theological education, theology and popular culture, with an eye toward strengthening the church’s witness and impact on the lives of individuals and communities. He teaches courses in ministry, leadership, and research methods.