Lloyd GestosoDean, School of Social Work

Dean; Professor, School of Social Work

  • DSW, University of Pennsylvania
  • MSW, University of Pennsylvania
  • BSW, Cairn University
  • BS in Bible, Cairn University

Dr. Lloyd Gestoso is an American-born Filipino whose Christian spiritual lineage began with his maternal grandmother, who served as a laundry woman for missionaries in the Philippines. His parents immigrated to the United States in the late 1960’s and remained to improve the overall standing of the extended family and to avoid the unrest and martial law in the Philippines.

Committed to pursuing God, Lloyd attended Cairn University (then Philadelphia College of Bible) and discovered social work. The commands of God to love our neighbor resonated with Lloyd as his life calling. He pursued working with diverse populations in need and graduated with a Bible and Social Work degrees. Lloyd continued on to the University of Pennsylvania to complete his Master of Social Work and met his first heroin addicts, which led to meeting his first AIDS patients, which led to working in several Philadelphia hospitals and a home for people living with AIDS. The realization then came that most Christians abandoned those with AIDS and other outcasts which motivated Lloyd to teach a new generation about how powerful the grace of God is.

An opportunity to teach social work at Cairn University eventually led to his current position as Dean of the School of Social Work. For over 50 years, the school has been teaching hundreds of students to balance caring for the most vulnerable people in society with living out a transformational gospel which truly changes lives for eternity.

During Lloyd’s tenure at Cairn, he completed his Doctorate in Social Work at University of Pennsylvania studying spiritual development and social work education. He continues to serve in the areas of community development and assessment, social entrepreneurship, social services counseling, holistic healthcare, opioid dependence, and HIV/AIDS care.

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Academic Specializations: 

  • family intervention
  • faith and service integration
  • valuing Biblical diversity and justice
  • international service
  • personal and organizational relationship dynamics

Academic Interests: 

  • social welfare history
  • integrated social work theory
  • attachment and trauma theory
  • Otto Rank psychology
  • relational and existential social work


  • “Hospital-based Social Work HIV Case Management: Reducing Continuity of Care Barriers” with K. Coleman & L. Brown. Continuum: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Continuity of Care (1996).

Group Affiliations:

  •  SIM USA, Board of Directors
  • Lakeside Educational Network, Chair, Board of Directors
  • Lower Bucks Addiction Task Force, Co-founder


  • Faculty Member of the Year, 2004

Teaching at Cairn since 1999

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