When Esteban Hidalgo graduates from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2020, he plans to return to Puerto Rico to revitalize theological education, helping others see its importance and gain access to it. But he’s not waiting to tell others about Jesus. In addition to his research project that compares the Gospels with Philo’s On the Life of Moses, he also works as a teaching intern for Dr. Fred Long, Professor of New Testament, a research assistant for Dr. Craig Keener, F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies, and an online instructor for his “Life and Teachings of Jesus” course for his sponsoring institution.
“I have spent a lot of time in academic studies but found that the deeper I went, the closer I got to God, and the more I wanted to share Him with others, so I just developed a personal mission statement, to know God and to make Him known,” Esteban said.
Prior to coming to Asbury Seminary, Esteban served as a Professor of Theology and chaplain at Antillean Adventist University in Puerto Rico. In these roles, he was able to directly influence the spiritual development of the entire student body.
“I found that the best way to help these students grow is to engage them in ministry,” Esteban said. “We did a lot of outreach and student-led missions.”
As a faculty member, in addition to teaching, Esteban was invited to help re-build the theological curriculum of the school.
“I did some independent research to find out how we could improve the way we prepare students for ministry today,” he said.
He also remembers fondly assisting international students and those who were transferring from the U.S. who found it difficult to have their credits accepted. Esteban helped one student in particular receive approval for his credits, allowing him to graduate on time, while serving as a spiritual mentor.