Gloria is a native of Raleigh, NC where her ties are deep and wide in the nonprofit sector and the grassroots community. She has spent twenty- seven years of successful professional experience in public, private, and non-profit sectors. She is a visionary leader with a great passion to serve others and mentoring women and special needs groups.
She is an honor graduate of North Carolina Central University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pre-Law. Gloria received a Master of Divinity from Duke University and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in Transformative Leadership with a concentration in Peace Building and Interfaith Dialogue at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. Gloria has received numerous awards and accolades for her volunteer efforts and community involvement. She received the Anne McDougall Memorial Award for Women’s Studies from Duke Divinity School.
Prior to accepting the call to ministry, Gloria immersed herself in her professional career as a sworn police detective and crime scene investigator in Arlington, VA and deputized special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). She has served in some of the hardest and most impoverished communities in the United States and South Africa.
As a licensed provisional elder in the United Methodist Church she has served in various unique ministry settings as a college chaplain, hospital chaplain and lead pastor of two local churches. Gloria currently serves as pastor of CityWell United Methodist Church and director of the Office of Spiritual Development and Dialogue at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC.
Her passions are focused on healing and wholeness, prison ministry, community economic development, and the concerns of special needs groups. She enjoys long walks on the beach and action movies. She is married and has one college-aged son.