Hispanic Ministries Program Staff
Dr. Alvin Padilla
Dr. Padilla is the Dean of Hispanic Ministries Program. He came to Gordon-Conwell after five years of teaching Biblical Studies at Nyack College. Prior to that, he founded and taught at the Spanish Eastern School of Theology in Swan Lake, NY, for seven years. He has also served as pastor of the Fort Washington Heights Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in New York City, a Spanish-speaking congregation. In his work as Dean of the Boston program, he oversees the educational programs of CUME and the emerging programs in downtown Boston, including Masters and Doctor of Ministry degrees. Dr. Padilla is an ordained minister in the PCUSA. He holds professional memberships in the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Asociacion para la Educacion Teologica Hispana.
Olga Ramos is the current Coordinator of the Hispanic Ministries Program. Olga has been Coordinator since Fall 2010. She previously worked as the Assistant to the Senior Manager at Gandara Mental Health Center. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, she now resides in Springfield, MA, where she helps out with the largest Hispanic church in Springfield. She graduated American International College with a double major in Psychology and Spanish. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Counseling (Marriage and Family Therapy) at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Her hobbies and interests including singing, music, volleyball and the beach. Her favorite class at Gordon-Conwell has been Cross-Culture Counseling with Dr. Pablo Polischuk.
Sam Rogers is the current Admissions Representative of the Hispanic Ministry Program. Sam has been the Admissions Representative since Spring 2011. Sam previously served under Dr. Todd Johnson as a Research Assistant in the Center for the Study of Global Christianity. Sam was born and raised in Arkansas. He graduated from Williams Baptist College (Walnut Ridge, AR) in Spring 2010 with a Bachelors of Arts in Christian Ministry with an emphasis on Biblical Languages. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Gordon-Conwell. His hobbies and interests include Biblical Greek and college football.
Jonatán Samuel Toledo Pena is a program assistant for the Hispanic Ministries Program. He was the first Coordinator of the Hispanic Ministry Program and was instrumental in the expansion and growth of the Hispanic Ministry Program. He graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Spring 2011. Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, he learned about Gordon-Conwell through the seminary’s Dean of Hispanic Ministries, Dr. Al Padilla. He completed a diploma program at CUME before entering the M.Div. program. He currently ministers at Congregación León de Judá, a prominent Spanish speaking church in Boston, and is especially involved in their Children’s Ministry. He opened the first Spanish AWANA Club in New England through León de Judá. He served as an active member of the Pierce Fellowship, assisting in CUME’s chapel program, and handling administrative duties as a student worker at CUME.