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CUME Staff

Faculty and staff at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary–Boston, also known as the Campus for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME), are dedicated to providing the best contextualized urban theological education for men and women. Our goal is to expose students to a breadth of interdisciplinary studies and equip them with the necessary skills and core competencies needed in church ministry in the city and metropolitan context. CUME achieves this by utilizing staff with ministry training and experience, practitioner-scholar instructors, and by crafting a rigorous learning environment for a transformational learning experience for those seeking to clarify their call and prepare for a lifetime of spiritual growth in ministry.

Primary Faculty and Program Leaders

Virginia Ward, MA, DMin
Dean of the Boston Campus
Executive Director for the Northeast Region, Assistant Professor of Youth Ministry and Leadership

Seong Hyun Park, MA, PhD
Associate Dean of Cohort-Based Education Core Curriculum & Research, Assistant Professor of Old Testament

Quonekuia Day, MSW, MDiv, ThM
Old Testament Studies and Biblical Hebrew Instructor

Eldin Villafañe, MA, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Christian Social Ethics, Emeritus

Jim Critchlow, MDiv, MABL, PhD
Ranked Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biblical Languages and Old Testament,
Accreditation Liaison Officer

Tom Griffith
Pierce Fellowship Coordinator
Gordon-Conwell, Boston Campus


Jalem Towler
Dean’s Office
Executive Assistant to the Boston Campus Dean

Marie C. East, MSL
Registration Office
Assistant Registrar and International Student Advisor

Dawn Bamiduro
Technology Services
IT Project Manager & Service Desk Coordinator

Hillary Gabbidon
Digital Education
Instructional Designer

Jonathan Laboy
Admissions Office
Admissions Counselor

Ural Daye
Campus Operations Manager

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