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Gordon-Conwell Installs Mockler-Phillips Chair

April 15, 2011

David W. Gill, Ph.D., was officially installed as the Mockler-Phillips Professor of Workplace Theology and Business Ethics on April 13, 2011. He has been serving in that role since fall 2010.

The installation was carried out by Provost Frank James, and prayers were given by Dr. Gwenfair Adams, Associate Professor of Church History; Joanna Mockler, trustee; and Dr. David Wells, Senior Research Professor. Charges were given by David Horn, Director of the Ockenga Institute; Gina Casey, Pastor of Columbus Avenue AME Zion Church; and Thomas Phillips, CEO Emeritus of the Raytheon Corporation.

Before joining Gordon-Conwell, Dr. Gill served on the faculties of New College Berkeley (which he founded), North Park University and St. Mary’s College. He has been visiting or adjunct professor at a number of other schools. He has written seven books, most recently, It’s About Excellence: Building Ethically Healthy Organizations (2008). He was the co-founder and co-director of the Institute for Business, Technology, and Ethics and is the founding president of the International Jacques Ellul Society. He is Principal of EthixBiz, an organizational ethics consulting practice.

Dr. Gill was ordained to the ministry at Allen Temple Baptist Church (Progressive National Baptist Convention) in Oakland, California. He speaks and teaches frequently at churches, campus fellowships, retreats and conferences. He earned an MA from San Francisco State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. He and his wife, Lucia, have two children and six grandchildren in California.

The Mockler-Phillips Chair in Workplace Theology and Business Ethics was established through the generosity of the families of Colman and Joanna Mockler and Tom and Gert Phillips. The late Colman Mockler served as CEO of the Gillette Corporation, and Tom Phillips earned a stellar reputation for outstanding executive leadership as CEO of the Raytheon Corporation. Both men became known not just as shrewd business executives but also as consistent examples of sound ethics and values.

Both the Mockler and Phillips families have been leaders in the “faith at work” movements of recent decades, challenging lay Christians to take their faith and values into the workplace and challenging pastors and seminary professors to equip disciples to do so. The establishment of the Mockler-Phillips Chair brings that concern to the heart of Gordon-Conwell’s theological education.

Pictured from left to right: Joanna Mockler, Dr. David Gill, Thomas Phillips