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Alumni/ae Gather at Four Events in September and October

October 22, 2009

September and October saw four separate Gordon-Conwell alumni/ae gatherings, bringing together alumni/ae from all three campuses and various eras. To see what alumni/ae events are coming up, visit  Also, make sure you are receiving InCommunity, the monthly alumni/ae e-newsletter, for the latest alumni/ae news.

Greater Chicago Area Alumni/ae Dinner
Wheaton, IL

Nearly 50 alumni/ae, spouses, and guests gathered at College Church in Wheaton, Illinois on September 24th for dinner with President and Mrs. Hollinger. President Hollinger testified to what the Lord is doing in and through the seminary, including some special opportunities for gospel advancement. In addition to dinner and a seminary update, colorful stories and priceless memories were shared among long-time friends. Rev. Chris Castaldo (MDIV ’99), alumni/ae host for the evening, writes, “Perhaps the best one of all was recounted by two grads from the1950's. During their seminary years, they both helped to fill the pulpit of the same church. On one occasion the person telling the story received a call late on a Saturday night from the pastor's wife asking if he could fill in for her husband the next morning. When the student asked whether everything was okay, the wife explained how the pastor had been ill to the point of vomiting, vigorously so, to the point that he actually spit out his false teeth, which the wife then unwittingly flushed down the toilet. His sermon manuscript was ready, but the teeth were gone.”

North Carolina Mountain Region Alumni/ae Dinner
Montreat, NC

Faculty, alumni/ae and students gathered for dinner on October 10th in the lovely stone fellowship hall of the Montreat Presbyterian Church in Montreat, NC.  

Pictured, from left to right are Mariana R. Glass (’01 MACC), Rev. Bob Chuprevich (’05 MACC), Terry Hanna (’98 MDIV), James Walters (’02 MDIV),  Tim Laniak (’89 MDIV – Academic Dean of the Charlotte campus), Dmitro Barishnikov (’05 MDIV), J. Michael Brown (’01 MDIV), and Bob Mayer (‘97 DMIN – Senior Librarian). These are the members of the newly formed North Carolina Mountain Region Alumni Council.



Alumni/ae Lunch (Renewing the Evangelical Mind Conference)
South Hamilton, MA

Approximately 140 alumni/ae and spouses gathered for lunch on October 14th as part of the Renewing the Evangelical Mind conference at the Hamilton campus.  The lunch was held in the former Bookcentre to accommodate the large numbers, and included a panel discussion with Gordon-Conwell faculty members Jack Davis (‘72 MDIV), Carol Kaminski (‘96 MA, ’96 MAR), and Sean McDonough (‘93 MDIV, ’94 THM), as well as John Huffman, long time Gordon-Conwell trustee.  President Dennis Hollinger served as moderator for the panel, which discussed the importance of theological education and continuing education, among other topics.  

Gordon Divinity School Class of 1959 Reunion
South Hamilton, MA

Several classmates from 1959 gathered at the South Hamilton campus October 22-23 for a 50th reunion. Classmates traveled from far and wide to reconnect and reminisce, tour both Gordon-Conwell and Gordon College, and visit classes. A booklet was produced in conjunction with the event which gave updates on many of the class of 1959 alumni/ae, including a number who were unable to attend the event.