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.
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.
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.