Eldin Villafane

 Eldin Villafane

Address130 Essex Street
South Hamilton, MA 1982

Professor of Christian Social Ethics, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

B.A., Central Bible College,
M.A., Wheaton Graduate School of Theology,
Ph.D., Boston University,

Joined Gordon-Conwell in 1976, and since that time has provided groundbreaking service to the school. From 1990-1993, he served Gordon-Conwell as Associate Dean for Urban and Multicultural Affairs. His responsibilities in that post included helping prepare the school and the church’s leadership for an ever-increasing urban and multicultural world. Prior to that, he had pioneered and served as the founding director of Gordon-Conwell’s Center for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME) in Boston from 1976-1990. This theological education center in Boston serves a multi-lingual and multi-cultural constituency, with more than 500 matriculated students per year representing 150 distinct churches, 50 denominations and 25 nationalities.

Born in Puerto Rico, Dr. Villafañe has fostered a lifelong involvement in the area of Hispanic and urban ministry. In the fall of 1998, he was a visiting professor at Harvard Divinity School. While there, he was the second person to occupy the Luce Lectureship in Urban Ministry. As an ordained minister in the Assemblies of God denomination, Spanish Eastern District Council, he has ministered in the urban setting as Minister of Education at the glesia Cristiana Juan 3:16 in the Bronx, New York, then the largest Hispanic church in the nation. He was also elected Executive Presbyter (“Vocal”) of the Spanish Eastern District Council, serving on a six-member executive committee responsible for more than 600 ministers and 300 churches.

Dr. Villafañe has served and continues to be active on many civic, church and academic boards and committees. He is one of the founders and a former president of the Asociación para la Educación Teológica Hispana (AETH), which has more than 1,000 members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. He is also a past president of the Society for Pentecostal Studies (SPS) and is a founder and the first president of La Comunidad of Hispanic American Scholars of Theology and Religion. He also serves on numerous editorial boards.

Dr. Villafañe’s accomplishments in the area of Hispanic and urban ministry have been recognized numerous times. Most recently, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference named him among the nine “Top Hispanic Evangelical Scholars.” In 2002, he was given “The Eldin Villafañe Urban Peace Initiative Award” by the Cathedral of Life Christian Assembly. In 2001, the “The Eldin Villafañe Community Center” by the Iglesia Pentecostal de Hempstead, New York, was named after him, and in 1992, the National Catholic Reporter named him one of the nation’s 10 most influential Hispanic religious leaders and scholars. In 1997, he received “The Orlando E. Costas Holistic Ministry Award,” by the Latino Pastoral Action Center (LPAC).

Dr. Villafañe is also a social ethicist who has been a lifelong community advocate and passionate teacher of social justice. In 2007, he was awarded for lifetime “outstanding and dedicated ministerial service” the Esperanza Spirit Award by Esperanza, USA, the nation’s premier, Hispanic, faith-based organization, at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast and Conference in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Villafañe has delivered major addresses at numerous national and international convocations and other gatherings. He is also a talented author, having penned or been involved with the creation of seven books.

Dr. Villafañe’s scholarly interests include social ethics, justice issues, Pentecostalism, urban theological education, urban ministry and discipleship.

His personal interests include the Boston Red Sox, traveling, reading and playing with his grandchildren. He is married to Margie Lopez, and they have three children and two granddaughters.

Areas of Interest

Christian Social Ethics;

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