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Certificate Program Faculty

Rev. Dr. Wilfredo J. Baez
Certificate Program Faculty
Ph.D., Pastoral Psychology and Theology, Graduate Theological Foundation; Ph.D. candidate, Communications Psychology, University of Central Nicaragua; Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Columbia Pacific University, 1988; M.Div., Theology, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity Schol, 1998; M.A., Counseling Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies, 1981. Dr. Baez is an author of "Methodism, Gnosticism and the Lindisfarne Community," in "Secular Monasticism: A Journey by Andy and Jane Fitz-Gibbons" and ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He currently servies as vice president for diversity for the Greater Rochester Community of Churches and pastor at North Chili United Methodist Church, N. Chili, N.Y. 

Rev. Francisco L. Burgos 
Director of Certificate Programs, Adjunct Faculty 
Frank Burgos is a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College with a B.S. in Organizational Management, 2001. He went on to earn an M.A. in Theological Studies from Northeastern Seminary, 2003. Rev. Burgos participated in the development of the certificate program at Northeastern Seminary, has taught pastoral ethics and pastoral/spiritual formation since the program's inception, and now serves as director. He works with the House of Prayer and Restoration church, Rochester, N.Y., overseeing the development of leadership and overall ministry and is licensed by Spencerport Assembly of God.

Rev. Louis D. Colon 
Certificate Program Faculty 
Louis D. Colon received a B.S. in Management Information Systems from Oral Roberts University, 1995, and is in the process of completing his M.Div. at Northeastern Seminary. He teaches leadership skills in the certificate program at Northeastern Seminary, and also serves as pastor of Heart and Soul Community Church, Rochester, N.Y., with his wife, Joanne Green-Colon. A native of Puerto Rico, he is heavily involved in making a difference in the inner city for Jesus Christ and has traveled on mission trips to the Philippines, Africa, and the Dominican Republic.

Rev. Dr. Louis E. Colon 
Certificate Program Faculty 
Louis E. Colon has an M.A. in Bilingual/Bicultural Education and earned an M.A. in Theological Studies from Northeastern Seminary. 2005. Most recently he earned a Doctor of Ministry from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, 2013. Rev. Colon participated in the development of the certificate program at Northeastern Seminary and has taught New Testament and Old Testament survey, homiletics and leadership, all of which will now be offered in English and Spanish. He is a GED teacher for the Rochester City School District and assists in the preaching ministry at Edgewood Free Methodist Church, Rochester, N.Y.

Rev. Joanne C. Green-Colon
Certificate Program Faculty
Joanne Colon earned an M.Div. from Northeastern Seminary in 2005. Prior to that she earned an MS.Ed. in 2000 from Hunter College and a B.A. in 1995 from the University of Puerto Rico. She serves as co-pastor at Heart and Soul Community Church-FM, Rochester, N.Y. with her spouse Louis D. Colon. Joanne is a New York State Certified Bilingual Special Education teacher with 14 years of service in the city of Rochester, N.Y. and New York City, N.Y. She has been involved in missions in several countries such as Venezuela (Amazons), Dominican Republic, Kosovo, and South Africa as well as in different ministries in upstate New York and Mexico.

Mr. Mateo Hess 
Certificate Program Faculty 
Mateo Hess grew up in Colombia and Ecuador, South America. He graduated with a B.A. in Elementary Education/Spanish from Houghton College, 1987, then went on to earn an M.A. in Bilingual Education from SUNY Buffalo, 1993. He received a Certificate in Nonprofit Management, 2001, as well as an M.A. in Public Administration from SUNY Brockport, 2003. Mr. Hess has been teaching in the Rochester City School District for 26 years. For 24 years he has helped lead and organize the Youth Association, a coalition of church youth groups: cross racial, denominational and demographic with local events and mission trips to Colombia and Ecuador. His missionary role as associate staff with One Mission Society allows for this global connection. His wife, Leticia, and two children consider the Primera Iglesia Hispana (First Spanish Christian Church) their home church where Mateo has served by teaching Sunday school, preaching, chairing the elder board, and leading through other committee work.

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