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Missions Emphasis Week at Gordon-Conwell, from October 6 - 10

May 22, 2009

South Hamilton, MA—Dr. David Baer will give the Paul E. and Eva B. Toms Lectureship in Global Christianity on Oct. 9 from 7:30-9 p.m. as part of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s Missions Emphasis Week. The lecture will be entitled “Love in the Time of Missiologists: Why We Can’t Not Hope.”

Dr. Baer is President of Overseas Council, which partners with more than 100 seminaries and Bible colleges in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East to facilitate the formation of Christian leaders in those regions. Dr. Baer has also served as President of OC partner ESEPA Seminary in San José, Costa Rica, and as a lecturer and tutor at the University of Cambridge. An Old Testament scholar, he has studied the theology of Isaiah and published three books on the topic. He holds a B.A. from Wheaton College, an M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.

Three chapel lectures will also be delivered Oct. 8-10 by Dr. Jim Tebbe, InterVarsity Vice President of Missions and Director of the 20,000-student Missions Convention, Urbana”

Dr. Jim Tebbe, born in Pakistan to missionary parents, has spent his life in mission work. For 25 years, he worked with the international/non-denominational missions organization, Interserve, most recently as their International Director. He was seconded by Interserve to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA in 2002. He has published articles on a variety of subjects, including Islam, Bible translation, tentmaking, missions, partnerships and business as mission. He holds an M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from St. John’s Nottingham/Open University in England.

Other Missions Emphasis Week events, to be held Oct. 7-10, include daily luncheon forums and a missions fair with representatives from more than 20 missions organizations. A chapel on Oct. 7 will feature Gordon-Conwell students who have done overseas missions work as part of the seminary’s Overseas Missions Practicum.

The Paul E. and Eva B. Toms Lectureship in Global Christianity provides students and faculty an opportunity to interact with notable missions scholars on the most vital theological, biblical and cultural issues related to the world mission of the church. The lectureship, held annually at the South Hamilton campus during its Missions Emphasis Week, is made possible through a gift from a couple whose life in Christ was enriched through the ministry of Dr. and Mrs. Toms during the years they provided leadership at Park Street Church in Boston. Dr. Toms is an emeritus trustee of Gordon-Conwell.

The Toms lectureship, as well as all other Missions Emphasis Week events, are free and open to the public. The Toms lectureship and all chapels will be held in the Kaiser chapel. Chapels begin at 9:40 a.m. More information on these events may be found at or by calling Kristin Gelinas at 978.646.4174.

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary is located at 130 Essex St. South Hamilton, MA.

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