Hispanic Ministries Program Staff
Dr. Alvin Padilla
Dr. Padilla is the Dean of Hispanic Ministries Program and former Dean of the Gordon-Conwell Boston (CUME) campus. 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 oversaw 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.
Juan Carlos (JC) Morales
Juan Carlos (JC) Morales is the Assistant Dean of the Hispanic Ministries Program. JC previously served as adjunct professor at Gordon-Conwell, Union Theological Seminary, Nyack College and the Spanish Eastern School of Theology (AG), where he established a Spanish extension site and English program. He has also served as pastor, interim pastor and youth pastor, and has worked extensively with community organizations and ministries including the Latino Pastoral Action Center (LPAC). JC serves as a facilitator and consultant for the ACTS Youth Leadership Training, an urban youth ministry leadership training program. He also serves on the board of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC) and the Latino Leadership Circle (LLC), and is a member of the American Academy of Religion, Society for Pentecostal Studies, Associacion de Educacion Teological Hispana, and Society for Scientific Study of Religion. JC is pursuing his Ph.D. in church and society and contemporary U.S. church history at Union Theological Seminary.
Ivette Garcia is the first recipient of the Hispanic Ministry Fellowship, a current M.Div student, and a graduate of Vanguard University of Southern California. Prior to her arrival at Gordon-Conwell, she worked on staff at Templo Calvario, a primarily Hispanic bilingual and bicultural church in Santa Ana, CA, under the leadership of Pastor Daniel de León. For eight years, she had the opportunity to be directly involved in the development of the main discipleship and leadership training ministry of my church in the office of Spiritual Formation and Leadership Development. Her passion is to see individuals come to Christ, be successfully discipled, trained and commissioned for service in the Body of Christ.
Gretel Tabares is the second recipient of the Hispanic Ministries Program and is a current Master of Arts in Old Testament (MAOT) and Master of Arts in Biblical Languages (MABL) student. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Florida International University. A native of Cuba, Gretel has extensive experience with financial accounting compliance, and project monitoring and evaluation of US Government programs. Gretel has also implemented democratic advocacy programs in Latin America for 6 years as part of NGO organizations in the US.
Daniel Montañez is the third recipient of the Hispanic Ministry Fellowship and is a current Master of Divinity (M.Div.) student. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management with a minor in Music from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. For six years, he has served in college and young adult ministries in the areas of worship, evangelism, and discipleship. He currently serves as the Young Adults Pastoral Intern at Congregación Leon de Juda in Boston, MA. His passion is to work with high school and college students who seek answers to the tough questions about the Christian faith.
Karina is the recipient of the Gordon-Conwell Full-Tuition Scholarship and is a current Master of Arts in Old Testament (MAOT) student. She is an Admissions Representative of the Hispanic Ministries Program since Fall 2014. Before arriving to Gordon-Conwell, she worked as consultant engineer in the area of water resources management for an Australian company in Lima-Peru for seven years. She was also very committed in her local church in the area of discipleship and teaching ministry. Her desire after graduation is to go back to Peru to help in the developing of young leaders. She loves traveling around the Andes and wants to be part of what the Lord is doing among her people.
Niki Noel is one of the Admissions Representatives of the Hispanic Ministries Program since Fall 2014. Born and raised in New England, she is a graduate from Endicott College, where she majored in Psychology with a concentration in Human Services and minored in Spanish. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and a Master of Arts in Counseling (MACO) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Outside of school, Niki enjoys reading, traveling, and playing soccer.
Omar Anaya is the fourth recipient of the Hispanic Ministry Fellowship and is a current Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Student. He graduated with a Bachelor of Religious Studies and with minors in Psychology and Family Studies from Western Kentucky University. Moreover, he has worked with Immigration and Refugee Centers in the state of KY. He has served as a missionary in the Dominican Republic with Campus Crusade for Christ. He has also served in youth and college ministries in the areas of evangelism, worship, and discipleship. Currently, he is serving as a Youth Pastor at Iglesia Nueva Vida in Chelsea, MA. In the future, he intends to pursue a head pastor position and desires to continue to do mission work.