John Gavin

John Gavin

John Gavin

Title: Associate Professor of Social Work and Assistant Undergraduate Program Director at Washington Adventist University Extension
MSW

Office Location: Social Work Department, WAU
E-mail: jgavin@wau.edu
Phone: (269) 471-6196 Direct: 301-891-4153

Education

MSW, Cum Laude (1992)  The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.
BSW, with honors (1986)  Walla Walla College, Washington

 

Biography

John Gavin, MSW is the on-site program director for the Andrews University Social Work Program at Washington Adventist University near the nation’s capital in Takoma Park, Maryland.  He is the associate director and a senior fellow for 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.

 Professor Gavin 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.  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.

 He and his wife have three daughters and enjoy sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding waterways.

Current Research or Professional Activities

Selected Publications:

Gavin, J. (2015).  Poverty and Homelessness.  In Maier (Ed.), Church and society:  Missiological Challenges for the Seventh-day Adventist church.  World Missions Department, Andrews University Theological Seminary, Berrien Springs, Michigan.

Gavin, J., VanderWaal, C.J., & Ellis, W. (2014, October).  Faith Perspectives on Building Strong Volunteer Programs.  North American Association of Christians in Social Work.  Annapolis, MD.

Gavin, J., Ellis, W. & VanderWaal, C.J. (2013, November).  Right in our own backyard:  The role of volunteering on church attendance and retention among Seventh-day Adventist faculty and staff.  Presented at the 2nd Annual Human Subjects Research Conference, Summit on Nurture and Retention, Sponsored by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Silver Spring, MD.

Gavin, J., Ellis, W., & VanderWaal, C.J. (2012).  Checking the Political Pulse of the University:  Findings from the 2012 SDA Religion and Social Issues Survey.  Spectrum, 40(4), 52-64.

Gavin, J.m Colong, G. (2009).  Perspectives on the future of Adventist education in the baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area.  Research Report, Center for Metropolitan Ministries, Takoma Park, Maryland.

Gavin, J.  (2008, Principal Conributor.  Keys to Adventist Community Services.  General Conference of SDA Handbook.  AdventSource.

Gavin, J.  (2003).  Peerspectives on spontaneous and unaffiliated volunteers.  National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, DC.

Gavin, J.  (2002).  Mobilizing people of raith.  Volunteer Leadership.

Gavin, J. (2002, winter). Mobilizing People of Faith. Volunteer Leadership. Gavin, J. (2003). Perspectives on Spontaneous and Unaffiliated Volunteers. National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, DC.

Gavin, J. (2001).  Growth, Changes Aren't New.  Reacter.

Sahlin, M., Gavin, J., Washington, F., Williams, G., Chavezn-Q., J., Moyer, B. et al (2000 revisede).  Ministries of compassion:  Handbook for Adventist community services inner-city programs and social-action projects.  Silver Springs, MD:  NAD Church Resources Consortium.

Gavin, J. (1998). Certified disaster response training level 1-5. Lincoln, NE: Advent Source..

Gavin, J. (1996).  Christmas toys.  ADRA Today.

Gavin, J.  (1994).  Disaster response and Adventist community services.  The Adventist review.

Sahlin, M., Gavin, J., Washington, F., Williams, G., Chavanz-Q., J., Moyer, B., et al. (1994). Ministries of compassion: Handbook for Adventist community services inner city programs and social action projects. Silver Springs, MD: NAD Church Resources Consortium.

Sahlin, M. & Gavin, J. (1994).  Basic services: Interviewing, listening & referral skills for community sservices practitioners.  Lincoln, NE:  AdventSource.

Sahlin, M., & Gavin, J. (1994). Basic services: Interviewing, listening & referral skills for community services practitioners. Lincoln, NE: AdventSource.

Sahlin, M. Gavin, J., Washington, F., Williams, G., Chavanz-Q., J. Moyer, B. et al (1944).  Ministries of compassion:  Handbook for Adventist community services inner-city proigrams and social-action projects.  Silver Springs, MD:  NAD Church Resources Consortium.

 Gavin, J. (1992). Assessment of ingathering as a policy and fundraising program: Historical perspectives, assessment and recommendations. NAD.
 
Selected Presentations:

Gavin, J.  "Engaging Congregations in Community Practice."  Lecture.  NACSW, Grand Rapids.  November 13, 2015.

Gavin, J., VanderWaal, C., & Ellis, W.   Faith Perspectives on Christians in Social Work.  Annapolis, October 2014.

Gavin, J.T., Ellis, W., & VanderWaal, C.J..  Right in our own backyard:  The role of volunteering on church attendance and retention among seventh-day Adventist faculty and staff.  Presented at the 2nd Annual Human Subjects Research Conference, Summit on Nurture and Retention, Sponsored by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Silver Spring, MD, November 2013.

VanderWaal, C.J., Gavin, J.T., Mayer, A., & Ellis, W..  The relationship between Volunteering and Religious Behaviors among Seventh-day Adventist Faculty and Staff:  Preliminary Findings.  Poster presentation at the Andrews University Celebration of Research, Berrien Springs, MI, November 2013.

Gavin, J. Revisiting traditional community organizing for building stronger faith-based programs.  North American Association of Christians in Social Work.  St. Lous, MO, October 2012.

VanderWaal, C., Mayer, A., Gavin, J. & Ellis, W.  Do Adventists care about their communities?  An exploration of personal practices and community service involvement among SDA faculty and staff.  Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI, November 2012.

Gavin, J.  Checking the pulse of the university:  finding from the 2012 SDA Religion & Social Issues Survey.  Association of Adventist Forum, Berrien Springs, MI, November 2012.

Shelly J., Sedlacek, David & Gavin, John. Assessment of Student Professionalism (ASP): Integrating Practice Behaviors Into a Behavior-Based Instrument. Council of Social Work Education (CSWE): 56th Annual Meeting, October 14-17, 2010, Portland, OR – oral paper presentation.

Gavin, J.  Barriers to Adventist social involvement.  Sligo Church, Takoma Park, Maryland, July 2009.

Gavin, J., Drumm, R., Sedlacek, D.  Barriers to Adventist involvement in social issues.  International Association of Adventist Social workers Research Conference.  Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL, March 2009.

Gavin, J., Colon, G.  Perspectives on the future of Adventist education in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area.  Research Report.  Center for Metropolitan Ministries, Takoma Park, Maryland, March 2009).

Gavin, J.  Toward a theology of responsibility.  Sligo Church, Takoma Park, Maryland, September 2008.

Gavin, J.  Conducting a Community Needs Assessment, Social Ministries and the Leadership Challenge, a Theology of Compassion, leading social change.  Caribbean Union Conference Perosonal Ministries Retreat, Barbados, July 2008.

Gavin, J.  Volunteer organizations in disaster response.  Meridian International Center, Washington, D.C., February 2003.

Gavin, J.  Volunteer organizations and the aftermath of terror:  efforts to recover from the 911 disasters.  Chattanooga, TN: University of Tennessee, October 2001.

Gavin, J.  Perspectives on disaster donations.  Emittsburg, MD:  Federal Emergency Management National Training Center, August 2001.

Gavin, J.  Perspectives on faith-based community action.  Riverside, CA:  Better Living Series Inner City Symposium, March 2001.

Gavin, J.  Disaster volunteerism in the United States.  Washington, DC:  Federal Emergency Management Agency, March 2001

Gavin, J.  History of the Adventist church Social Action.  Columbia University, NY: Adventist forum, February 1997.

Gavin, J. (1993, July). Social Work and the Adventist church. Columbia University, NY: Adventist Forum.