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Professor Alvin Padilla

June 29, 2009

Dr. Alvin Padilla's passion is to prepare seminary students for incarnational ministry in the urban communities of the world. "It's the Gospel in action," says the Dean of Gordon-Conwell's Boston campus, the Center for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME).

"Just as the son of God became human and lived among us, we need to be present within the needs of our community. That's a strong hallmark of our program."

Dr. Padilla grew up in a city dealing with a depressed economic base and a burgeoning minority population-people whom he could not ignore. "I saw their needs,"' he says. "I couldn't turn my back. I felt a sense of call to be an influence for positive change in my community." Today, he is teaching students from 50 nationalities and all races-at a campus in inner city Boston, where Hispanic, African-American and Caucasian professors provide classes in six languages. He still lives and ministers in his hometown.

"At CUME, our students receive an academically rigorous, biblically-centered education that defines Gordon-Conwell, and express it in tangible, hands-on ways," he explains. "Our graduates become pastors, urban youth workers, and youth ministers. They work for community advocacy groups and organizations addressing family violence. We don't want them to just talk about the love of God, but to take seriously the Scripture... 'unto the least of these.' We are all called to be advocates for those in need."

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