Rev. Dr. Bonnie J. Ortiz, D.Min
Rev. Dr. Bonnie Jean Ortiz was born in Camden, NJ to Puerto Rican parents. She has lived in Philadelphia for most of her life. She attended public schools, graduating in 1982 from Olney High School. She later went on to receive a Diploma in Biblical Studies from Rose of Sharon Bible Institute (1986), Bachelor of Theology from Pan American Theological Seminary (1993), Masters of Science in Nonprofit Management from Eastern University (1998) and a Doctor of Ministry from Palmer Theological Seminary (2010). Rev. Ortiz has taken graduate courses in Interior Design, Adult Education, and Library and Information Science at Moore College of Art and Design, LaSalle University and Drexel University. Learning is one of her passions.
Rev. Ortiz is the pastor of Bethel UCC a bilingual congregation (Spanish and English) located in the Olney section of the city of Philadelphia. Rev. Ortiz served for 11 years as the associate pastor of two congregations, “Rosa de Saron,” and “El Santuario,” in the Kensington and the Fairhill sections of the city of Philadelphia. During this time, she also served for six years as Administrative Director for Way to Heaven Ministry, Inc., a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program for men.