Gaspar Colon holds Ph. D. from New York University in Religious Education. His ministerial experiences in New York Metropolitan area, leadership in Family Life and Health Ministry areas on a local administrative level, as well as leadership roles in the Africa Indian-Ocean Division, Euro-Asian Division and at the General Conference in the role of the International Relations Director for ADRA International at the United Nations, as well as his passion for young ministerial students preparing for metropolitan and traditional pastoral ministry, encompass his enthusiasm as the Department’s expert in Pastoral Theology and Metropolitan Ministry. Dr Colon also continues to lead the Center for Metropolitan Ministries as its Director and to take the Community Action Leadership curriculum from WAU, where it was taught for many years, on the road around the North-American Division and around the world. Dr Colon has also been appointed as the Dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences but most recently came back to a full time teaching position in the Department of Religion with special emphasis on the Pastoral Theology and metropolitan ministry. He is an ordained minister; elder, Sabbath School teacher, and co-director of community services at the Triadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church; director of the Center for Metropolitan Ministry; member of the General Conference Committee for Comprehensive Urban Evangelism; member of the General Conference Committee for Medical Missionary Evangelism; co-founder of the Nonprofit Leadership Certification Program sponsored by Adventist Community Services in NAD; urban ministries consultant to the General Conference Office of Adventist Mission; preaches locally, nationally, and internationally; provides spiritual nurture to students and members of the church; member of the Adventist Society for Religious Studies and the society for Biblical Literature; currently co-authoring a Bible Study Guide of the General Conference Sabbath School Department; etc.