Urban missionary, educator, and church planter Dr. Manuel “Manny” Ortiz passed away on Feb. 8. 

Ortiz served as the professor of ministry and urban mission and as director of the urban program at Westminster Theological Seminary for many years. He was also the founder and senior pastor of Spirit and Truth Fellowship (Christian Reformed Church), a multiethnic congregation in Philadelphia, and the co-director of the CRC Philadelphia Initiative for Church Planting.

Ortiz was passionate about integrating urban ministry, education, and the Gospel, and he touched on this topic in his books with InterVarsity Press, including The Hispanic Challenge: Opportunities Confronting the Church, One New People: Models for Developing a Multiethnic Church, and Urban Ministry: The Kingdom, the City and the People of God (coauthored with Harvie Conn).