Gateway to Service….. Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

John Gavin


Education Profile:

MSW, The Catholic University of America
BSW, Walla Walla College


John Gavin is the chair of the Social Work Department at Washington Adventist University near the nation’s capital in Takoma Park, Maryland. He is the Director of the Center for Metropolitan Ministry. The Center for Metropolitan Ministry is one of the study centers associated with the Office of Global Mission of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist church. As such it is a strategic resource center providing research, information, and training to church and community leaders.

He teaches courses in sociology, social welfare, values and ethics, and social work methods. He has designed and conducted adult training in agency and program administration, evaluation, resource development, and disaster response.

Professor Gavin received his BSW in 1986 from Walla Walla College. He received his MSW in 1992 from the Catholic University of America’s National Catholic School of Social Service focusing in Social Policy Planning and Administration. He and his wife have three daughters and enjoy sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding waterways.

Research and Professional Activities:

His work experience includes serving as the executive director the National Voluntary Agencies active in Disaster, the North American director for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), and the national director for Adventist Community Services - the social action and disaster response agency of the Seventh-day Adventist church.


School of Arts & Social Sciences 

The School of Arts & Social Sciences offers a curriculum focused on fostering the development of the skills essential to be successful in the global service economy of the 21st Century: writing, critical thinking, debate, analysis, and an understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity.

School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness

The School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness employs a philosophy that balances practical training and theory in approaching education for future health sciences professionals. We bridge the gap between concept and practice.

School of Graduate & Professional Studies (SGPS)

For more than 30 years, WAU has been a leader in providing career building undergraduate degree programs for working professionals. WAU has continued to expand those offerings by adding graduate programs. This provides undergraduate students the opportunity to transition into graduate programs and continue to enhance their skills and competitive marketability.