Lourdes Morales-Gudmundsson, Ph.D.
President, Association of Adventist Women
Born to Venezuelan-Puerto Rican parents in East Los Angeles, California, Dr. Morales-Gudmundsson received her undergraduate education at the Universidad Adventista del Plata, Argentina, and La Sierra College, graduating with a major in Spanish and a minor in English. She completed a master’s degree in Peninsular Spanish Literature at the Universidad de Valencia, Spain, through Pacific Union College, and a doctorate in Literature of the Spanish Renaissance from Brown University, Rhode Island. She has chaired foreign language departments at Atlantic Union College (MA), the Universidad Adventista del las Antillas (Puerto Rico), and La Sierra University (CA) over her 40-plus year career as a professor and departmental administrator. She also taught at the University of Connecticut, Stamford Campus, for eleven years.
In addition to her scholarly papers and publications in Golden Age Spanish literature and contemporary Spanish-American literature, she has led travel/study tours to Spain and Costa Rica, served as president of El Taller, Inc., an organization that promoted Latino writers and artists living in Connecticut, was founder and speaker of “Palabras de Vida,” a weekly Spanish-language satellite TV program that ran for three years and was seen throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Currently she is on the North American Division Hispanic Advisory Committee, the NAD Theology of Ordination Committee, the ALCANCE Executive Board (works to help Latino high school students access Christian education), and serves on the Pueblo de Fe Unido for Workers Justice board (interfaith organization that works with Latino warehouse workers rights).
Dr. Morales-Gudmundsson has appeared in Who’s Who in American Women, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, and in the Directory of American Scholars. She has been a recipient of the Herbert A. Kenyon Graduate Fellowship (Brown University) and was a research fellow at Yale University’s Divinity School. She received the “Woman of the Year” award by the Atlantic Union Conference’s Women’s Ministries Department in 1993 and has more recently received the YWCA “Everyday Hero” award for her work with LEARNSuccess, an after-school tutoring program for Latino children.
She has been on the speaker circuit for women’s and family spiritual retreats and has traveled nationally and internationally with her seminar “I Forgive You, But…” In 1995 Andrews University Press released her Women in the Church: The Feminine Perspective. In 2007 Pacific Press released I Forgive You, But… in English and Spanish. This book has also been translated into Portuguese, French, and German.
She is married to Reynir Gudmundsson, Ed.D., vocal music professor, and the Gudmundsson’s daughter, Carmen, married to James Joseph Landry, has two young daughters, Juliana Noëlle, 10, and Soffía Elena, 6 months. In her spare time, Dr. Lourdes enjoys traveling, singing and listening to classical music, and playing with her two granddaughters.