Gloria White-Hammond is the Co-Founder and Co-Pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston, Massachusetts, Founding Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur and Chairwoman of Save Darfur Coalition's "Million Voices for Darfur" campaign. A pediatrician at Boston's South End Community Health Center since 1981, Rev. Dr. White-Hammond has a long history of involvement in community service. She created the faith-based creative writing/mentoring ministry called "Do the Write Thing" for high risk African-American adolescent females. The project, which began in 1994 with four girls, now serves more than 250 young women at Bethel Church, in Boston public schools and juvenile detention facilities. Reverend Gloria, as she is affectionately called is also the creator and Co-Convener of "The Red Tent Group", an interfaith Torah/Bible study which brings together Boston-area Christian women and Jewish women.
Reverend White-Hammond has been involved in humanitarian work in several African countries including Botswana, Cote D'Ivoire and South Africa. Since 2001 she has made nine trips into war torn Sudan where she has been involved in obtaining the freedom of 10,000 women and children who were enslaved during the two decades long civil war. Doctor White-Hammond co-founded "My Sisters Keeper" humanitarian group in 2002. MSK, in partnering with women of Sudan, has developed two grinding mill projects and supports "My Sister's Keeper" School for Girls in Gogrial County. Doctor White-Hammond traveled into Darfur, western Sudan in February 2005 to talk with female victims of genocide in Internally Displaced Persons camps. She has taken a leading international role in demanding an end to the genocide.
Doctor White-Hammond serves on the Board of Trustees of Brigham and Women's Hospital, the Board of Overseers for the Tufts University College for Community and Public Service, as well as the boards of the American Anti-Slavery Group in Boston and Christian Solidarity International in Zurich, Switzerland.
Doctor White-Hammond received a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Boston University, a Doctorate of Medicine from Tufts Medical School and a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. She has recieved the Humanitarian Award of the Boston Theological Institute (2004), the Liberating Vision Award of the Greater Boston Section of the National Council of Negro Women (2004) and the Impact Award from AARP (2004).
Gloria White-Hammond is married to the Reverend Dr. Ray A. Hammond, who is the founding pastor of Bethel AME Church, the Chairman of the Boston Ten Point Coalition and the Chairman of the Boston Foundation. They have two adult daughters, Mariama and Adiya.