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Jane Atkins-Vasquez

Professor of Church History

NTS West offers the opportunity to learn with and from Christians from diverse backgrounds.  Our strength comes from the people, especially the immigrants, who practice Christian ministry and teach and study in many areas.  We are "disciples of all nations", and we are one in the body of Christ.

What is your passion in teaching?

My passion in teaching is to awaken interest in the histories of our peoples in their journeys of faith through the centuries.  We are heirs to Spanish, English, and other European Christian missionaries, and the colonists who followed them.  African, Asian, and Pacific Islander communities also contribute to our understanding of our relationship with God and with one another.  We live in a borderland, where peoples from around the word meet -- a place where we can learn and share in our pilgrimage together.


  • Ph.D, Educational Administration, University of New Mexico
  • M.A., Spanish, University of New Mexico
  • B.A., Spanish Literature and History, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Diploma, de estudios hispanicos, Facultad de Filosofia y Letras, Universidad de Madrid, Spain

Academic Positions

  • Adjunct Professor of Church History, San Francisco Theological Seminary, Southern California Extension
  • Research and writing volunteer, Menaul Historical Library, Albuquerque, New Mexico


  • Moderator, Hispanic Lay Leadership Training, Synod of Southern California and Hawaii, Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • Consultant in multicultural education, California and New Mexico
  • Moderator, Programa de Adiestramiento de Lideres Laicos (PALL)