Gloria White-Hammond, MDiv, MD
Swartz Resident Practitioner in Ministry Studies, Harvard Divinity School
Rev. Gloria E. White-Hammond, M.D. is Co-Pastor of Bethel AME Church, Boston, MA, www.bethelame.org and the Swartz Resident Practitioner in Ministry Studies at Harvard Divinity School (HDS). She served as a dedicated pediatrician at the South End Community Health Center from 1981-2008 where she provided care for resilient families from some of Boston’s most challenged communities.
In 1988, Dr. White-Hammond and her husband Rev. Ray A. Hammond, MD launched Bethel AME Church. Together, they shepherd the 500-member congregation to “reach up to God, reach into the congregation and reach out to the world”. As director of the Women’s Ministry, “Pastor Gloria” is passionate about equipping women to become leaders in their church, their communities and beyond. In 2012, she launched the Significant Women Discipleship Ministry that coaches 130 women leaders in small groups. Her other innovations include Shatter the Silence, a faith-based network of congregations to address sexual victimization of women and men in predominantly African American communities; and, Planning Ahead, a ministry to encourage church members to begin conversations and complete their advance directives regarding their wishes for end-of-life care. Dr. White-Hammond has now expanded this work to engage other community clergy persons from diverse faith traditions who also wish to provide more effective support for congregants who are diagnosed with serious illnesses.
Dr. White-Hammond was appointed Swartz Resident Practitioner in Ministry Studies in 2015 where she develops learning opportunities for students to explore the intersection of medicine and spirituality. She also co-directs the Harvard Medical School and HDS course, “Medicine and Spirituality in Healing,” along with Dr. John Peteet of Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Dr. White-Hammond is a graduate of Boston University (AB, 1972), Tufts University School of Medicine (MD, 1976) and Harvard Divinity School (MDiv, 1997). She is a member of the Board of Trustees at Tufts University; a member of the President’s Advisory Council of Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and HDS Appointed Director to the Harvard Alumni Association.