Dr. Virginia Ward serves as the Dean of the Boston Campus and the Executive Director of the Northeast Region. The Boston Campus, known as the Center of Urban Ministerial Education, CUME, offers premium theological education with an emphasis in practical ministry for the church situated in the city. CUME prepares diverse men and women seeking the peace of the city in varied ethnic contexts. Virginia’s local and national involvement in the training and development of youth leaders spans three decades. She teaches youth ministry, leadership and urban ministry development courses for the Boston Campus.
Dr. Ward comes with extensive experience as an urban pastor, ministry organizer, and youth ministry expert. After an initial study in Management at Northeastern University and courses at Harvard Extension School, Dr. Ward pursued education in ministry, earning her Diploma in Urban Ministries, Master of Arts in Youth Ministry, and Doctor of Ministry in Emerging Generations, all at Gordon-Conwell. A third-generation minister, Rev. Ward is an Associate Pastor at Abundant Life Church where her husband Bishop Larry Ward is the Senior Pastor.
Among the many ministry organizations Dr. Ward has served are: DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative (Boston City Coordinator; Coach for Pittsburgh, San Diego, Detroit and New York; Trainer), Black Ministerial Alliance (Trainer and Consultant), InterVarsity (New England’s Black Campus Ministries Director and Consultant), and Orange (Keynote Speaker and Workshop Leader).
Virginia is co-author on the book It’s Personal: Five Questions You Should Answer To Give Every Kid Hope, and she conducts research on ethnic/multi-ethnic youth and family ministry.
Virginia resides in Boston with her husband and they have two adult sons.
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