GEL PEOPLE: COD Professor of World Religions Confirmed to the United Nations

Rev. Dr. Jean Ford, a 25-year resident of Glen Ellyn, was confirmed this year as a representative to the United Nations Geneva/New York with Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status out of the United Kingdom.

She now serves on the Spirituality/Values/Global Concerns, Human Rights, Environment, and Education Committees of the United Nations in New York.

Always a strong advocate for intercultural understanding and interfaith peace, Dr. Ford served for 20 years as head of the International Tourism, Trade, Transportation programs and as professor of World Religions at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Her dual citizenship in the United Kingdom and the United States along with an early career in the travel industry started her on an international path and enhanced her unique perspective in bridge-building among diverse people. Her wide-ranging experience led to success as a consultant to governments and educational institutions around the world.

Dr. Ford also served for several years as envoy to Baroness Caroline Cox of the House of Lords in the United Kingdom and accompanied her on both humanitarian and diplomatic missions. In 1996, she acted as Baroness Cox’s emissary in the United States for the Operation Christmas Child airlift from Liverpool, UK, to Armenia and Karabagh.

A member of the Knights Templar, International Division, Dr. Ford serves in the Chaplain Corps of Knights Templar Worldwide.

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