Dr. Virginia Ward serves as the Director of Leadership and Mentored Ministry Initiatives. She is responsible for facilitating the development of leadership skills and managing urban collaborative field experiences for students. Virginia’s local and national involvement in the training and development of youth leaders spans three decades. She teaches youth ministry, leadership and ministry development courses, along with providing spiritual formation support on 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 minster, 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, 1997-present), Black Ministerial Alliance (Trainer and Consultant, 2005-2011), InterVarsity (New England’s Black Campus Ministries Director and Consultant, 2007-present), and Orange (Keynote Speaker and Workshop Leader, 2014-present).
Virginia resides in Boston with her husband and two adult sons.
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