Gaspar F. Colón


Education Profile:

PhD, New York University
MPH, Loma Linda University
MDiv, Andrews University
BA, Atlantic Union College


Gaspar Colón is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion at Washington Adventist University (WAU) and, since September 2002, also serves as Director of the Center for Metropolitan Ministry, which is housed at WAU. Previous to this Dr. Colón worked as Director of the Office of International Relations and Director of Disaster Preparedness and Response at the world headquarters of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International.

Dr. Colón was born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico and was raised in New York City. A graduate of Greater New York Academy, Colón continued his studies at Atlantic Union College and received a B.A. in Theology and German (1972). After college graduation he married May-Ellen Netten from Hartford, CT. The Colóns have worked in Greater New York Conference (1972-1979), Southern New England Conference (1979-1985) and the Michigan Conference (1985-1988) of Seventh-day Adventists in pastoral ministry, health ministry, youth ministry, evangelism, Sabbath School/Personal Ministries, prison ministries, and Community Services. After working as Health Ministries Director, Associate Ministerial Secretary, and Family Ministries Co-director for the Africa-Indian Ocean Division, Colón served as founding Assistant General Secretary of the Euro-Asia Division as well as founding the department of Health Ministries and co-founding the department of Family Ministries in the former Soviet Union.

Dr. Colón holds a Master’s Degree in Divinity from the SDA Theological Seminary at Andrews University (1976), a Master’s in Public Health Degree from Loma Linda University, School of Public Health (1976), and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Religious Education from New York University (1987).

Gaspar Colón’s wife, May-Ellen is currently Assistant Director of the Sabbath School/Personal Ministries and Director of Adventist Community Services International of the General Conference. They have two children. Ivan is a dentist working in Honolulu, HI and Sara-May serves as associate pastor at the Garden Grove Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Southeastern California Conference.

Research and Professional Activities:

Colón was the convening founder of the VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) for the North-East Region of the United States in 1981 and subsequently served as the organization’s president.