Friday, April 30, 2010

Communication Arts Seniors to Present Creative Theses

On May 1 students, faculty, friends and professionals will be gathering in the Ken Olsen Science Center to attend the Communication Arts Senior Exhibit. From 2–5 p.m. senior communication arts students will be presenting their creative capstone projects—the culmination of all they’ve learned combined with their individual interests and passions. Through a series of panel presentations, screenings, and question and answer periods, the artists will present work that has been separated into six different categories: “A Call for Change, Something New”; “Perceived by the Media”; “Adapting to Technology”; “Eye of the Beholder”; “Applied Topics Short Films”; “Serving the Community”; and “Taking Care of the Community.”
To meet the students and learn more about their projects, click here.


Thursday, April 29, 2010

On Ministry after Gordon

“After Gordon College,” says In Kwon Jun ’06, “I moved to the Washington, D.C., area to attend Wesley Theological Seminary for my M.Div. degree. I also began serving at the National Korean United Methodist Church of Rockville, Maryland, as a youth pastor. Now I am in my second year as the children’s pastor.

“One of the most invaluable things I gained from Gordon was a deepening understanding of the Word of God through Gordon’s faculty, staff and fellow students who were committed to loving and serving God with all of their lives. I believe that for the rest of my life I have been equipped with the tools to seek God’s new and active hope, power and answers for this world no matter where I go or what I do. Whether I continue in the path of becoming a pastor in America or pursue missions and church planting in Latin America and Asia, I am confident in God’s plans for my future.”


North Shore 100—Local Leaders Making a Difference

Fresh off the press, readers from across the region can pick up the 2010 issue of The North Shore 100, an annual publication recognizing leadership in the local area.
Published by The Salem News, nominations for the coveted list are submitted directly from those in the community.
This year's list again features many Gordon College connections, including Provost Mark Sargent; longtime Gordon supporter Caleb Loring; Gordon alumna and director of the Hamilton-Wenham Library Jan Dempsey; and Joanne Patton, who has invited Gordon history students to professionally work on the Patton Archives for the past few years.
Even in the field of journalistic contributions we see Gordon: current student reporters (or fellows) in the selective Gordon College News Service were assigned three stories each by The Salem News editors, interviewed a variety of people and wrote profiles that are included in the glossy publication!
On Wednesday, May 5, the North Shore 100 will be honored at a breakfast at the Danversport Yacht Club, hosted by The Salem News publisher, Karen Andreas.


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

From Gordon to Notre Dame

Meredith Whitnah ’07 tells Gordon what she’s been up to since graduating.

I am currently a Ph.D. student in the Sociology Department at the University of Notre Dame, where I study the ways in which cultural beliefs, especially religious ones, intersect with conceptions and practices related to gender.
As a Pike Scholar at Gordon, I created an interdisciplinary gender studies major. My relationships with the faculty in the Biblical Studies Department were integral in shaping my perspective on the scholarship I hope to produce. Because of the mentoring of these and other faculty members at Gordon and the opportunities afforded me through the Pike program, I continue to be inspired to connect my scholarship with its practical implications, understand the ways in which beliefs shape everyday people’s lives, and build bridges across disciplines, with varieties of people, and between those within the academy and those outside of it.


Sunday, April 25, 2010

Comparing Medieval Women to Thomas Aquinas

Kirsten Heacock Sanders ’05 updates us on what she’s been up to since graduating.

After finishing a double major in biblical studies and history at Gordon, I decided to combine my interests in contemporary religious cultures with a desire to “go deeper” in the Christian theological tradition by pursuing an M.T.S. at Duke Divinity School. Currently I am pursuing a Ph.D. in theology from Emory University, where I’m looking at the writings of medieval contemplative women alongside the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas. I’m interested in questions of theological hermeneutics and women’s theological writing, and I hope I can continue to allow the introduction I had to biblical studies at Gordon to inform my work in constructive theology.


Friday, April 23, 2010

Chickens, Rabbits and a Musical Raucous

Today Gordon College wrapped up Earth Week with some final appearances and activities provided for the community by the student group Advocates for a Sustainable Future (ASF). “Recycled Rhythms,” an environmentally friendly percussion group, used utensils to play on tin cans and recycle bins in front of the Lane Student Center, allowing passersby to join in the musical raucous. Meanwhile, on Gordon’s mini-quad, a local Beverly farm brought some feathered and fluffy friends (chickens and rabbits) on site, demonstrating the value of “productive pets” to enhance environmental efforts for sustainable living.


Dorm Report: Bromley's Night of 1,000 Pancakes

Meg Lynch, a senior communication arts major, talks pancakes and tradition.

My mother would not have been proud of my dinner last night, but I couldn’t help it. Bromley hosted its annual “Night of 1,000 Pancakes” in a lounge of the apartment-style residence hall. Students from across campus wandered in from the drizzling night to fill up on warm, homemade, buttermik pancakes with chocolate chip, banana and fresh blueberry toppings. Prepared by Bromley resident advisors (RAs), this Gordon tradition began years ago. Alysa Obert, a junior communication arts major, helped make pancakes. She explained how some Bromley students began serving pancakes out of their apartment window. “It’s evolved into a much-anticipated event . . . too big for a window.”


Understanding Biblical Interpretation as a Theological Act

“After I graduated from Gordon, I went on to earn a master’s degree in religion from Duke University,” says Melissa Florer-Bixler ’02. “Following Duke I joined the L’Arche community of Portland, Oregon, and then was the assistant director of the Moreau Center at the University of Portland.

“Now I write and edit from home and spend time with my highly energetic toddler. Gordon’s biblical studies major prepared me to understand biblical interpretation as a theological act. With the foundation I established at Gordon, I am exploring full-time opportunities in ministry that range from ordination in the Mennonite Church to doctoral work in theology of disability.”


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sharing Biblical Text with Students around the World

“I took my fascination with the Hebrew language directly from Gordon College to the Hebrew University in Jerusalem,” says Sarah Baker ’05. “There I earned my M.A. in the Bible and its Word, focusing on the linguistic and historical context of the Hebrew Scriptures.
While still in Israel, I was hired by eTeacher Group, an international online language school based in Tel Aviv. Since then I have been cowriting their Biblical Hebrew program with a professor from Hebrew University, enabling the language of the biblical text to reach hundreds of students in over 30 countries around the world.”


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Dr. William Buehler, Emeritus Professor: Requiescat in Pace

Dr. William W. Buehler, longtime professor of biblical and theological studies at both Barrington and Gordon Colleges, passed away April 15 in Tampa, Florida. He and his wife, Marlyn, were married for 65 years.
Dr. Buehler, the last American student to defend his dissertation before Karl Barth, was a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and Society of Biblical Literature. Read more...
(Photo: Sam Kohler)


Twitterpated with Technology

By Alyssa Maine ’11
With the click of a button and a few letters on a keyboard pressed, anyone can present a new and altered version of who they are to cosmic cyberspace. It’s not hard to get hooked, and it’s no secret that college students are always on Facebook, texting, playing Xbox 360 or the Wii, or tweeting on Twitter.

During convocation on April 9, Professors Bryan Auday and Sybil Coleman presented cutting-edge research on student addiction to social media and online technology. They researched the amount of time Christian college students spend immersed in technology: students spend as much time engaged in these online activities as they do at their part-time jobs.
Gordon wanted to respond to this addiction, so the Chapel Office, the Convocation Committee and CSD, under the direction of Associate Dean of Students Julie Ray and Resident Director Abi Noble, invited the Gordon community to respond by engaging in a Techno-Fast, created to heighten the community’s sensitivities to technology usage. Various options were presented to give up certain aspects of social media and technology for a period of time, from giving up Facebook for four consecutive days to going two consecutive days without going online to abstaining from texting for four consecutive days, etc.

Anders Johnson, sophomore communication arts major, decided to fast from Facebook, the Internet and video games. During his four-day fast he saw that while technology does make it possible to stay in touch with family and friends, give quick access to information and provide hours of mindless fun on Smash Brothers or YouTube, benefits do not outweigh the costs.

He learned that “Maintaining friendships through technology takes away our real-world relationships. People are given the ability to create their alternate personas, which may or may not be true to who they are.” While there are benefits from the conveniences and fun of technology, Anders realized that communication loses meaning when it becomes so readily available, quick and easy. Communication through technology becomes self-seeking, and he recognized his own need to be more intentional when surrounded by other people—to engage in the moment.

Even though the campus-wide fast is over, the conversation goes on. Technology continues to expand, and a Gordon mailbox never ceases to have emails from all over campus, from friends, from professors. Leon Kass, in the preface of Hungry Soul: Eating and the Perfecting of our Nature, says it best: “The fault lies not in our stars but in our souls.” The problems that come from technology addiction aren’t a result of technology itself. The problem lies within the user who misuses and abuses it.
Photo courtesy of Kait Stockwell ’11.


Monday, April 19, 2010

Restore Creation—Branching Out!

Gordon College, our campus and community, are often sought for expertise on sustainability and initiatives. Now we’re “branching out” further to join in the 40th anniversary of Earth Day through a special online site dedicated to sustainability initiatives at Gordon....Listen to podcast interviews on green chemistry, Gordon’s organic garden, recycling, and much more HERE.

Or check out the “100 Acts of Green” taking place this week. From plantings, composting, musical stomp performances, even a dramatic release of homing pigeons.


Preparing for Work in the Field of Gerontology

Natanya Hildebrandt ’04 updates Gordon on what she’s been up to since graduating.

Gordon laid a foundation of hard work and time management that has been invaluable. Within the first two weeks (and one all nighter!) of my freshman year, I was forced to improve my study habits, stop procrastinating and juggle a seemingly overwhelming course load.
These capabilities have served me well as I am in my third year at the Yale School of Nursing and continually have to balance multiple clinical sites while keeping up with class work. The professors at Gordon also encouraged the development of ethical reasoning, which has been invaluable to me as I enter the field of health care. I am specializing in gerontology, a veritable breeding ground for ethical dilemmas and shades of grey, and I have been grateful that I spent four years at Gordon being trained in Christian critical thinking that focused on moral development.


Saturday, April 17, 2010

What a Biblical Studies Major Does after Graduating

Meghan L. Good ’06 tells Gordon what she’s been up to since graduating.

“With a double major in biblical and theological studies and philosophy, I spent time preaching and teaching in Uganda, Africa, and also worked with ecumenical reconciliation training programs (racial, tribal, disability and gender) that include leadership education, resource development, and the facilitation of dialogue.
My years at Gordon provided a solid foundation in scriptural study as well as formative relationships with peers and professors that continue to inform and nourish my ministry. I earned an M.Div. from Duke University Divinity School in 2009 and am currently the pastor of Albany Mennonite Church in Albany, Oregon. I am continually amazed and overwhelmed by the privilege of being used by the Spirit as a vessel of God’s Word into the lives of God’s people.”


Friday, April 16, 2010

Visit Campus—We Know You’ll Love It!

Interested in visiting Gordon’s campus? Opportunities abound for visitors. This weekend we’ll have students and their families visiting campus, and we can’t wait to show them what we’re about. Visit opportunities include things like:

New England Connection
With nearly 100 high school students signed up for Gordon’s Junior Weekend starting today, spring in New England will be brimming with events and activities. As students arrive they will be greeted by their Gordon host and welcomed to campus. Students and their parents will enjoy meals in our dining hall and will participate in fun events like the Pops Concert, the Theatre Department’s performance of Godspell and a trip to the nearby picturesque town of Rockport. On Saturday our visitors will learn how we earned the name Fighting Scots as they cheer on the lacrosse, baseball and softball teams.

Gordon Experience Day
On Monday more high school students will come to campus for Gordon Experience Day. Students are welcome to visit a class, take a tour of the campus and learn more about the application process with faculty and staff. We are excited to have students experience Gordon and get a taste of what college life is all about.

If you aren’t coming this weekend but would like to visit Gordon’s campus, check out our already scheduled visit days or plan a trip of your own. We’d love to introduce you to our campus and show you around beautiful New England. So come on, plan that visit!


Thursday, April 15, 2010

From Biblical Studies to Philosophy

“Though I began my time at Gordon expecting to pursue a different major,” says Jared Watson ’06, “after attending my New and Old Testament classes, I made the easy decision to switch to biblical studies. The classes are rigorous and never dull with each faculty member having their own unique and effective teaching style. The biblical studies professors challenged me to be a better and more independent thinker while at the same time they were always available to answer any questions I might have or to provide more guided independent study if I were interested. Though I went on to pursue an M.A. in philosophy—a field outside of my major at Gordon—it was the foundational learning tools, knowledge, and habits of study developed as a biblical studies major that gave me a diversity of choices as to my future educational goals.”


We’ve Been Nominated

Gordon College has been nominated for the 2010 Community Service Award by residents and businesses in the Salem community. The winner will be announced at the Celebrate Salem annual dinner hosted by the The Salem Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, April 28, at the Peabody Essex Museum. The Community Service Award is presented by the Salem Chamber to an organization that has an outstanding record of community service and volunteer participation in the Salem community.

This is the second recognition for Gordon College this semester by the community of Salem. In January, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll presented an Innovative Programming award to Gordon College and The Institute for Public History.

The Institute for Public History unites and expands the offerings of two longstanding Gordon entities—History Alive! and the museum studies curriculum of the History Department.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Gordon Prepares Grad for Postgraduate Work

“Since graduating from Gordon,” says Julie DeJager Glavic ’07, “I’ve moved to Seattle to pursue an M.A. in theology at Seattle Pacific University. I also work as the university’s program coordinator for a physics research project focused on discovering new approaches within science education. In addition to those commitments, I serve Paradigm, my faith community, as teaching coordinator.

My experience at Gordon laid a solid foundation for the theological research I am now pursuing, giving me the tools to begin the historical and exegetical work necessary for my current endeavors. Gordon’s faculty enlivened theological studies for me through their passion for the scriptural text and the Church. I was encouraged and supported in my own research interests and theological development, without bias according to my gender. This underpinning of encouragement and support strengthens me even now as I work in the Church and the academy.”


Monday, April 12, 2010

Breaking Out the Books: Gordon to Celebrate National Library Week

By Katie Zarrilli ’12

Homemade cookies, the quad, the sun, and good books are all things almost any Gordon College student loves. So in order to celebrate National Library Week, which takes place April 11–17, the Jenks Library staff has planned an event to suit all of those interests.
The library will host its second annual Read-In on the Quad Thursday, April 15, 3:30-5:00 pm. Students, faculty and staff are invited to bring a book, relax and read on the quad for 30 minutes or more. There will be homemade cookies and prizes waiting to be distributed to students, including a movie night for the dorm with the highest student participation. Last year the Road Halls, Lewis, and Drew Halls took home the prize. The library is not only anxious to see who will win this year but is also excited to get the student body together to have fun and celebrate something that is not often recognized.
“I think students will enjoy relaxing and reading together as a community in celebration of libraries,” says Janet Bjork, Gordon’s depository librarian. “It will be fun to see who wins the raffle prizes, to enjoy homemade cookies, and to see which dorms win the movie night.”
Last year a crowd of 130 students, faculty and staff came out for the Read-In. The idea came about when the library staff heard about a community read-in at a public library in western Massachusetts. Inspired by the idea, the staff decided to bring it to the Gordon quad. Though it’s only the second year of the event, the library staff says it will become annual. Through the event the staff is working hard to promote libraries and help students understand the purposes they serve.
“Most of us benefited from libraries as we were growing up—story hours, homework help, a place to meet with friends after school, good books to read,” says Bjork. “As college students, the library provides resources and research assistance to help students succeed.”


Dorm Report: Fulton Hall Is "King of the Hill"

By Ginger Moody

Living in Fulton is great because we all like to be around each other and there are plenty of events. Also, I should mention that Fulton is the “King of the Hill” this year. Yes, it’s true—we have earned our rights to the prestigious title.
“King of the Hill” is a residence hall competition that happens every year on the hill between dorms Nyland, Fulton and Tavilla. It involves war paint, cardboard boxes, bright-colored fluorescent duct tape, water balloons, and, of course, a willingness to be crazy and have fun. We got wet, had to rebuild our fortress, took a few blows to the face, and slipped and slid everywhere. But in the end we proved ourselves worthy to be called “King of the Hill,” and it was a blast!


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Seeing God’s Work Firsthand

When asked what he’s been up to since graduating, Shane Ross ’03 says:

After majoring in biblical studies, I worked as Christian education director at First Baptist Church in Danvers, Massachusetts, and was the chair of the Missions Committee at South Coast Community Church in Scarborough, Maine. The variety of my liberal arts education at Gordon has also allowed me to seek management positions in business.
The opportunity Gordon provided to form relationships with fellow Christians from all over the country and the globe has proved invaluable in recent months as has the important lesson learned at Gordon to trust and keep faith in God in both easy and difficult times. This past spring our then 18-month-old was diagnosed with developmental hip displaysia, the treatment for which had the potential for open surgery and up to six months in a body cast. My wife, Joely, and I were brought to our knees before God, though God planned to use this situation, and my daughter, to teach me the true meanings of faith and love.
It has been beyond amazing to be a firsthand witness as, one by one, God has answered the faithful prayers of hundreds, including those many connections from Gordon. At each checkpoint along the way my daughter has had the best prognosis possible—sometimes better than was expected—and, through it all, Madison has held fast to that spark of joy that God has placed within her (2 Corinthians 4:15–18).


Friday, April 9, 2010

Junk Yard Jams

Chad Wimberly, a music major, and Rafaell Rozendo, a communications and philosophy double-major, are both freshmen at Gordon College. With their shared interest in music, they created an unlikely recording studio. Chad shares reflections from an afternoon making music.

“The air’s chilly, the sky’s gray, and the wind pushes at the steely water in Salem. It’s not ideal weather to be outside, but it’s the opportune time to start a long-awaited experiment—making melody from waste. We jump down into the junk yard and begin to imbibe the old rusted glory of our new specimens. This is our new recording studio, if only for a few hours.

Moving around the rusty car parts and banging metal pipes and sheets, we recorded crashes, creaks, jingles, scrapes, thumps, bumps, and a myriad of other strange noises that came from the cold and crowded junk yard. Two and a half hours and 65 tracks later, we headed back to campus to compose some tracks.”


Gordon College: A Generation Socially Engaged in the Community

College presidents across the region addressed local business leaders, politicians and social service agencies in a dynamic presentation to the North Shore Chamber of Commerce this week.
With the national average for service learning at colleges and universities at 4 percent, Gordon President Dr. R. Judson Carlberg told his colleagues that Gordon’s student service ratio is 40 percent.
“Whether a student provides intensive research, physical labor, spends an afternoon teaching kids to read, or provides a service practicum, the value of a generation engaged on the North Shore has financial and social impacts on each community where Gordon students are serving,” he said. “But we also believe it provides a different level of character development when they become alumni . . . and your employees.”
President Carlberg also discussed the impact Gordon alumni have long had on the local economy and throughout our communities. “The value Gordon places on civic engagement provides public schools, businesses, hospitals, churches, government and social services with a biproduct of great leaders,” he said. “And these are leaders who are moral, compassionate, truthful, and, of course, prepared.”
The Salem News, College Presidents: Keeping grads here important
April 8, 2010, Cate Lecuyer.


Zipping Neon Green Lines

Lindsey Reed, a sophomore English major from Canada, is one of 13 students this semester taking an unusual course that recently drew a lot of attention on campus. You know it’s a great show when you see physics professor Dr. Lee zipping green lines, and a sea of students across the quad.

“Recently I went on my first fishing trip. After learning a series of knots, the parts of a rod, and the basics of casting, our PE Fly Fishing class took a trip to try our hand at fishing . . . on the quad.

“So far, all that we’ve caught is attention: our sporty eye gear, zipping neon green lines, and aggressive casting won us many onlookers. I had an especially large crowd of fans and coaches, as my attempts at the roll cast were full of frustrated flicking and jumping. I haven’t quite lost hope, however. I still believe that after the course I will move from frustration to enjoyment. I still see myself exchanging science lab goggles for stylish eye gear, soccer field for mountain stream, and the calls of onlookers for the sound of flowing water, or maybe even for the zip of a line, tense with a fish.”

Photo: Recent photographs from PE048 Fly Fishing


Dorm Report: Club Chase—Neon, 80s, and a DJ

By Amber Fiedler ’13

Happening only once a year, “Club Chase” is the go-to event for all Chase hall residents. This year’s theme was neon and 80s attire, so everyone came out in their brightest colors and biggest sweatshirts.
The Chase Council removed all of the couches and quickly transformed one of the lounges into a prime campus dance floor. Even before the night officially kicked off, the lounge was filled with fun-loving, outgoing people who wanted to get to know other residents from their dorm building.
For those passing by, it was clear to see that everyone was having an awesome time dancing, singing and mingling the night away. The DJ happily took requests from all of the eager dancers and threw in some creative remixes of his own. The songs ranged from “Thriller” to “Tic-Tok” and from “Party in the USA” to the “Cha-Cha Slide.” While this event was limited to only Chase members, it wasn’t a surprise to see a few non-Chasers sneaking in, hoping to join the party. No one had any hesitation in screaming and dancing around to the music. Thanks to the live DJ, the neon glow sticks, and the bright disco lights, Chase lounge was completely transformed into the perfect on-campus club.


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Teaching Faith Fleshed Out to My Students

“Since Gordon I’ve been teaching at a small, private Christian school in Nashua, New Hampshire,” says Amy Gentile ’08 when asked what she’s been doing since she left Gordon. “Even though I’m teaching math, I still use so many of the things I learned in Bible classes in my conversations and interactions with my students.

“My Bible classes on campus deepened my faith and taught me the importance of things—like the Resurrection and the Kingdom of God—that I had never really heard a lot about in church. I’m glad I get to share these things with my students. I challenge them to think deeply about their faith, and that there’s always more to learn.
Most of all, my professors at Gordon showed me how to seek after God; that having a passion for studying His Word and His Church doesn’t have to be divorced from a deep personal relationship with Christ. I aspire to show my students the same things, to connect with them on a personal level, and show them what the faith looks like fleshed out, as well as talking about it.”


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Competing with S’mores

by Steven Fletcher ’11

Earlier this morning 26 students gathered in front of the Ken Olsen Science Center with graham crackers, chocolate, marshmallows and toothpicks. Their task – build the best s’mores house in 20 minutes. Why?
Professor Casey Cooper, assistant professor of economics and business, wanted to show students in her Intro to Nonprofits class that nonprofits have a different measure of success, much like building a house without guidelines.
She explains:

“Nonprofit organizations generally have a hard time measuring success, especially in the short term. In a for-profit company the more profit the better, but in a nonprofit, is no profit better? By taking away a simple, one-factor measure of success, the options become almost limitless. Determining how you are going to measure success becomes time-consuming—a resource most nonprofit organizations lack.
“The s’more example makes a comparison to working in a nonprofit organization. Students are doing work they enjoy but not given any structure to the assignment. Without the benefits of having any goals going into the project, the results are mixed. Students enjoy diving into the work but don’t think about the criteria for success until they are told later that they have missed the mark.
“One of the great benefits of a nonprofit organization is the ability to focus on long-term goals due to the absence of a need to answer to profit-seeking shareholders; this, however, shouldn’t be an excuse not to create and follow other plans. Without a plan and intermediate goals, employees and volunteers will become discouraged and off track. Hunger will not be solved in a day, but without focus it won’t be solved at all.”
Students built everything from lighthouses to bungalows and everything in between, and used every piece of their kits, from the tin foil wrapping to the wax from candles used to melt marshmallows. At the class’ conclusion, students evaluated each house and decided on a winner by their own criteria. The marshmallow project was an exercise in setting intermediate goals in organizations that often try to take on the world. Cooper’s lesson came as a surprise to students who were focused on creating the house.
“I like to be different,” says Cooper. “Intro to Nonprofits isn’t really a traditional lecture-style class, but we have fun.”


Monday, April 5, 2010

From Biblical Studies to Worship Pastor

When asked what he’s been up to since leaving Gordon, Wes Roberts ’05 says:

After I graduated I served as a youth director for a church in Connecticut for three years. At the end of my time there I felt called to focus more on leading worship music, so I took a job as worship pastor at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.
In this role I use the tools I learned as a biblical studies major to grow in my understanding and relationship with God as each Sunday I engage our congregation in music, prayer and communion, and manage dozens of volunteers, counsel youth and adults, and communicate vision to others in the ministry.
Above all, Gordon taught me to be a man of character, and a great part of that is ministry to my family. I have enjoyed a wonderful marriage over the last four years as well as having a beautiful 18-month old daughter. As I look to the future, I can only say for certain that I want to continue to be in full-time ministry in the church, develop leaders in ministry, and continue to follow God’s path for our family’s life.


Saturday, April 3, 2010

Serving International Youth

Jessica Rexroth ’98 shares what she's been up to since leaving Gordon.

I am currently pursuing my Master in Counseling at Denver Seminary. Before moving to Denver I served overseas through Youth for Christ as a missionary to the teenage children of diplomats, missionaries, military personnel and other expatriates.
My experience at Gordon prepared me for serving in ministry with spiritual passion, grounded in biblical truth. I look forward to God’s continuing to use my education, experiences and passions to make a global difference in the lives of international youth.


Thursday, April 1, 2010

Busting Out Those Campus Canoes


Jeremy Camp at Gordon

Jeremy Camp fans from across the region packed out the recent concert held at Gordon College. The audience consisted of youth groups, college students, alumni, musicians and local residents. Rumor has it, even fans from out of state were in attendance to hear the popular contemporary Christian artist perform.


Prepared for Pastoral Ministry

John Prickett ’06 updates us on life after graduating.

I am the college pastor of The Harbor, a new church in Beverly, Massachusetts, and will complete my M.Div from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in the spring of 2010. I spent this past summer in Sri Lanka working with an indigenous church planting movement and spent my previous three summers doing youth ministry in a beach town in New Jersey.
At Gordon I learned not simply what to think about the complex issues surrounding life and ministry but also how to think faithfully and critically. My close relationships with professors and friends from diverse backgrounds and faith traditions have been invaluable in preparing me for pastoral ministry and have left me with a deep appreciation for the breadth and beauty of the whole Body of Christ.