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Gordon-Conwell to Participate in A.J. Gordon Leadership Symposium

April 6, 2011

As part of Gordon College’s year-long celebration of A.J. Gordon’s 175th birthday, the Gordon-Conwell community is invited to take part in a leadership symposium on April 15 titled “Uncommon Leadership for Every Day Faith.”

This one-day conference is open to students and Christian leaders and will focus on the themes that defined A.J. Gordon’s life and ministry: servant leadership, global missions, social justice, theology, education and evangelism.

In 1895, Adoniram Judson Gordon, pastor of Boston’s Clarendon Street Baptist Church, founded the missionary training school that would become Gordon College. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary was formed when Gordon Divinity School merged with the Conwell School of Theology in 1969 under the leadership of Rev. Billy Graham, Dr. Harold John Ockenga and J. Howard Pew.

A.J. Gordon’s vision was for a school “equipping men and women in practical religious work and furnishing them with a thoroughly Biblical training.” Gordon-Conwell carries on that legacy as it trains students to think theologically, engage globally and live biblically.

Dr. Scott Gibson, Gordon-Conwell’s Haddon Robinson Professor of Preaching, will speak at the symposium’s opening plenary session on the life of A.J. Gordon. President Dennis Hollinger will give the closing prayer for this session.

There will also be elective workshops in the morning and afternoon on the themes of A.J. Gordon’s life. Dr. Steve Macchia, Director of the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building, will speak at the servant leadership elective.

This conference provides an opportunity to learn more about A.J. Gordon’s legacy and to be encouraged in Christian ministry and service through thoughtful presentations and discussions.

The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Ken Olsen Science Center at Gordon College and is completely free of charge. More information and registration is available at

To learn more about the life and ministry of A.J. Gordon, enroll in the fall 2011 course, “The Life and Preaching of A.J. Gordon: Uncommon Courage—Everyday Faith” taught by Dr. Scott Gibson. This will be a joint class with students from Gordon College to explore the common heritage of the two schools.