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Reverend Dr. Lynda Marie Jordan is a native Bostonian, born in Roxbury Massachusetts. She is the third of less than fifteen women of African descent—to date— that has earned the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Chemistry, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After receiving the Ph.D. degree, Dr. Jordan became a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institut Pasteur in Paris France, where she made substantial contributions toward the purification and characterization of key proteins associated with human inflammatory processes. Her pioneering work of identifying both the calcium-dependent and calcium-independent high molecular weight Human Placental Phospholipase A2 (PLA2) isoforms contributed to the groundwork for many advancements we see in biomedical research today.

Dr. Jordan also served as an Assistant Professor and a tenured Associate Professor of Chemistry, at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, (NCATSU). While there she developed an interdisciplinary Biological Chemistry research and teaching program which bought her national and international recognition the contributions she’s made in the lives and of a diverse population of scientists.


Throughout her career Dr. Jordan has maintained her commitment to the community, and has contributed to the development of services and resources for numerous grass root community-based programs. Her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., honored Dr. Jordan, at the national level, with the Project Cherish Award, for her outstanding work in the community, and her scholarly contributions to society ─ as related to her advancements in Chemistry. She also recently served as Co-Chair of the Physical & Mental Health Committee at the Boston Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


Dr. Lynda Marie Jordan was also selected as the African American female representative for the award-winning documentary entitled, “Discovering Women,” produced by WGBH in Boston. This pioneering series, profiled Lynda’s life in the a one-hour documentary entitled, Jewels in A Test Tube.


While on sabbatical as the Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Professor of Chemistry, at MIT, Lynda Marie accepted the call of ministry on her life, and received ministerial training at Harvard Divinity School (HDS).  At HDS she earned the Certificate in the Study of Science and Religion from the Boston Theological Institute, and published the findings of her ethnographic research in an article entitled, Domestic Violence in the African American Community: The Role of the Black Church. Her Master of Divinity Senior Paper, Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Accessing the Power of the Holy Spirit for Healing, explores a theological perspective for addressing the wounds which stem from health inequities in our society. While at HDS, she became aware of how selected members of our society lack access to health care, and pursued additional training at the Harvard School of Public Health (T.H.Chan School of Public Health). The topic of her Master of Public Heath practicum, Development of a Program to Enhance the Spiritual and Mental Health Needs of Homeless Women at a Daytime Shelter, examines the role of spirituality in the lives of homeless women. The cumulative training that she has received supports her current intention to serve as a conduit─ between the church, community, academia and the health care system ─ to help develop ways to interweave the individual threads of these entities to efficiently address the practical daily life needs of the people.


In June 2008, Dr. Lynda Jordan received both the Master of Divinity (M Div) and the Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees, from the Harvard Divinity School (HDS) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health respectively. She joins a small handful of individuals, from around the world, who hold these two degrees from Harvard –simultanwously.


In December 2010, Reverend Dr. Jordan founded A Place to Heal Ministries Inc., in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she serves as Senior Pastor. Her ministry provides a safe space to support the holistic healing of those who seek help. She utilizes her extraordinary experiences as a resource to help others actualize their dreams and goals.  Her ability to build relationships, based on mutual trust and respect — toward all people — permits her the privilege of hearing the concerns of people, and assisting them at their point of need.  She is a servant-leader.


Dr. Lynda Jordan’s long-term goal is to positively contribute toward eradicating the obscurities which create the gaps that exist at the community level. Her education and practical experiences in biological chemistry, theology and public health, triangularly positions her between these three fields, which gives her a distinctive and broad perspective as to how these three components of human life intersect. This panoramic view offers her a more comprehensive approach toward the development of intervention and prevention programs, which address the needs of the people.


Her book, Racial & Ethnic Health Disparities: Building Bridges of Hope through the Holy Spirit (Redemption Press) addresses the issues creating health disparities in our country and offers solutions toward eliminating these problems through the transformative power of the Holy Spirit.


The Reverend Dr. Lynda Marie Jordan possesses a stalwart conviction in God’s love and power, and is responsive to the necessity of integrating Christ-like principles and values, into the development of solutions to the daily life problems of God’s people.

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