About David Cortez & Josey Saez’s ministry
The Evangelical Theological Seminary in Matanzas, Cuba, prepares ministers for Cuban churches, including the longtime PC(USA) partner church, the Presbyterian Reformed Church in Cuba. Not enough Cuban professors are available to meet the demand for seminary instruction, so the seminary has invited David Cortes-Fuentes to teach New Testament and Greek. Josefina Saez-Acevedo is looking forward to using her experience in Christian education and ministry to further their work in Cuba. The Evangelical Theological Seminary was founded in 1946 by Presbyterian, Methodist, and Episcopal churches. In addition to offering the basic degree for those called to pastoral ministry, it also offers BA programs in Christian education, Bible and Theology, and Christian Service for lay leadership training. Two Masterīs degree programs area also offered.
Prior to entering mission service, David served for four years as pastor of Iglesia Presbiteriana Hispana Emmanuel in Claremont, California. From 2000 to 2009, he was director of academic services and associate professor of New Testament at San Francisco Theological Seminary’s Southern California campus. He also has been director of the Hispanic Ministries Program at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago and pastor of Ceiba Baja Presbyterian Church in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. David earned a BA degree from the University of Puerto Rico, an MDiv from the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico, a Th.M. from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, and a PhD from Northwestern University/Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. Josey comes to mission service after serving for seven years as director of childrens ministry at La Verne Heights Presbyterian Church in La Verne, California. From 2003 to 2007, she was interim director of Christian education for children and family ministry at Claremont Presbyterian Church in Claremont, California. She also has worked as a database manager, a college admissions office assistant, and a preschool teacher. Josey received an A.A. degree from the University of Puerto Rico and did additional study at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California, and San Francisco Theological Seminary.
The Matanzas Evangelical Theological Seminary was established in 1946 and is an ecumenical pastoral training center. It provides a high quality, diversified theological education program which prepares young church leaders to meet the challenges of growth in existing local congregations, including those of the Presbyterian Reformed Church in Cuba, and in pursuing new church developments throughout Cuba