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OMR’s Director

The Reverend Victor Aloyo Jr. The Reverend Victor Aloyo Jr. is director of the Office of Multicultural Relations at Princeton Theological Seminary. He received his M.Div. from Princeton Seminary and his B.A. in religious studies from The College of New Rochelle. He has served churches in New York and New Jersey, and was organizing pastor and pastor/head of staff of the Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer of East Brooklyn, a multilingual, multicultural congregation. Victor was also the organizing pastor of La Promesa Presbyterian Mission an outreach effort of the Redeemer Church in Flushing, New York and interim pastor at the Home Presbyterian Church in the Bronx. From 1999 until 2007, he was director of vocations at Princeton Seminary, and for fifteen years he was program director of the Hispanic/Latino(a) Leadership Program under the auspices of the Center of Continuing Education. He is a member of the board of trustees at New York Theological Seminary and has served as moderator of the Presbytery of New York City, which is considered one of the most diverse presbyteries in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Victor is serving as pastor of The United Presbyterian Church and Mision Presbiteriana Nuevas Fronteras in Plainfield, New Jersey. Victor will also begin his doctoral studies at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. His concentration will be Diversity and Inclusion in Theological Education and Structures. 

In July 2007, the Seminary initiated the new Office of Multicultural Relations. Victor states that its goal is to “build bridges within the institution” of Princeton Seminary. Victor describes American culture as a “unique myriad,” whose character is not “one size fits all.” In the United States, a country built on diversity with many contrasting religious ideas, lifestyle practices, and perspectives, there is a “constant need to be aware of what it means to be unique”—to be an unparalleled and exceptional individual. Victor hopes to bring this awareness to Princeton Seminary through the Office of Multicultural Relations to further the Seminary’s mission statement to “embrace a rich racial and ethnic diversity,” and “equip (students) for leadership worldwide in congregations and the larger church.”

Victor acknowledges that some people may experience this larger, and at the same time shrinking world, as a threat to community and identity: “The dominant culture tells us to hold on to our identity, or our integrity is jeopardized,” he says, but “‘multicultural’ means all cultures, not just immigrant groups; we are all from different cultures, and our question is how to create a better atmosphere for dialogue. Whether one’s ancestry is European, South American, Asian, or African, we all have something to bring to the table.” Facilitating these opportunities throughout the Seminary will be one of Victor’s major goals.

Rather than focusing exclusively on diverse populations as an add-on, churches are rethinking and refocusing their ministerial approaches and mission directives. As a result, it is imperative that we as an institution of the church increase our capacity for educating ministry students to function in a diverse, multicultural, and interdependent global society. Thus, according to Victor, “the major shift of our pending initiatives is the recognition that understanding diversity, negotiating diversity, and taking grounded stands in the face of differences is of benefit to all students and indeed the church.”

This web site will provide information regarding opportunities to learn from each other, value each other’s story, and create an environment for mutual growth.  Write to us at
multicultural@ptsem.edu.