The Staff Leadership Team of the Emmanuel Gospel Center provides leadership to all aspects of the Center’s work and operations, including providing oversight to support the Center’s various staff and programs. Currently, the staff leadership team is:
Jeff Bass, the Center’s executive director, has served in leadership at EGC for over 20 years. Under the Board of Directors, Jeff directs the activities of the Center and is responsible for all aspects of the Center’s operation, including hiring, program development, and administration. Jeff joined the Center’s Board in 1987, consulted part-time for a year in 1990, became assistant director in 1991, and executive director in 1999. A 1981 graduate of Princeton University (BSE, Civil Engineering), he served as a consultant with Arthur D. Little, Inc., managing numerous projects and studies for businesses, non-profits, and government. In 1987, he became the administrator of Ruggles Baptist Church and learned first-hand how an urban congregation works. Today he is an active member of River of Life Church in Jamaica Plain. Jeff and his wife, Ellen, have lived in Mission Hill since 1986 and have two adult children. —follow Jeff @EGCJeff
Liza A. Cagua-Koo, assistant director, enjoys working with the executive director to provide leadership to all aspects of the Center’s work and operations. After graduating from Harvard, she worked in the private sector as everything from bookkeeper to director of technology. In 2002, she quit her plush job and followed God’s call to support ministries in Boston full-time, with no regrets. Joining TechMission, a faith-based non-profit, she developed partnerships, launched tech programs and co-directed a youth worker program in Boston and Los Angeles. She first came to EGC as senior program director to support the Center’s various ministries, and has served as assistant director since January 2010. She is a long-term resident of Boston and a member of The Gathering Christian Fellowship in Dorchester, where she lives with her superstar husband Daniel and the coolest toddler dance machine, Jacob. —follow Liza @liza_ck
Dr. Douglas A. Hall began leading the Emmanuel Gospel Center, with his wife, Judy, in 1964, and is currently the president. He is also an adjunct professor with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, teaching courses in urban ministry through their urban extension, the Center for Urban Ministerial Education. Dr. Hall holds a diploma from Moody Bible Institute (1960), a degree in sociology and anthropology (B.A., 1962) and Master of Arts degree in counseling and guidance from Michigan State University (1966). He graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1968 with the equivalent of a Master of Divinity degree, and was granted an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from that institution in 1981 for his pioneering work in urban ministry. Doug is the author of The Cat and The Toaster: Living System Ministry in a Technological Age (Wipf & Stock, 2010), as well as numerous articles and papers on urban ministry.
Judy Hall is the assistant to the president of EGC and has worked side by side with her husband in urban ministry since 1964. Judy is a co-author of The Cat and The Toaster, prepares materials for classes and helps coordinate teaching opportunities, and serves as administrative assistant to Doug in countless urban ministry projects. She is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute (1960) and earned a degree in education from Michigan State University (B.A., 1963). The Halls have two adult children and two grandchildren. They have lived within a few blocks of the Emmanuel Gospel Center since 1964 and are founding members of the South End Neighborhood Church of Emmanuel, which started in 1971.
Jin Min Lee, director of consulting, oversees the management of the Center's consulting services, and also serves as director of Youth Violence Systems Project. Since joining EGC five years ago, Jin Min has provided customized consulting and technical assistance to a number of clients, frequently through our ongoing partnership with the Black Ministerial Alliance. Much of her work is in the areas of strategic planning, program design, outcomes measurement, and executive coaching. Jin Min, who is in process to own her first home in Roslindale, serves as an elder at South End Neighborhood Church.
Jeffrey Murray became the director of operations in 2013. In this role, he helps EGC provide both a healthy work environment and an efficient infrastructure for its staff and programs by supplying leadership and support to the Center's day-to-day operations, and managing EGC's capacity in areas such as finances, budget, human resources, and facilities. Upon graduating from Notre Dame in 1998, Jeffrey began his professional career specializing in technology and business. A lifelong Massachusetts resident, he has lived in Boston since 2006, and is ardently involved in two church congregations (New Hope Community Church in Ayer, and Bethel AME Church in Jamaica Plain). Always desiring the sensitivity to God's calling, he has engaged in several critical arenas of service—ultimately leading to EGC—including youth mentoring, spiritual fellowship with men of God, and even missionary work in Durban, South Africa. Alongside his amazing wife, Jeffrey is a loving parent of two children. —follow Jeffrey @aquilum1
Dana Wade has served as the development director at EGC since 2002 and is responsible for EGC’s fundraising, special events, and communications. She also provides occasional individualized technical assistance and workshops on proposal writing and fundraising for non-profits. Prior to joining the staff, Dana served as a Board member of EGC. Professionally, Dana has worked as the manager of contributions at John Hancock Financial Services where she reviewed funding proposals, conducted site visits, and provided technical assistance to non-profits. During her 20-year tenure at Hancock, Dana designed and led corporate volunteer programs and helped plan and run corporate events. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Gordon College and a Master’s degree in urban affairs from Boston University. Dana is a member of River of Life Church in Jamaica Plain and lives in the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston.