Gordon–Conwell Theological Seminary
|Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary|
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|Motto||Think Theologically, Engage Globally, Live Biblically|
|Established||1969 merger, 1888 (as Gordon Divinity School), 1889 (as Conwell School of Theology)|
|Religious affiliation||Protestant, Evangelical|
|President||Dr. Dennis Hollinger|
|Location||Main campus, South Hamilton, Massachusetts, United States
|Campus||Multiple campus locations|
|Former names||Gordon College of Theology and Mission, Gordon Divinity School, Conwell School of Theology|
Gordon–Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS) is an evangelical seminary whose main campus is based in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, with three other campuses in Boston, Massachusetts; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Jacksonville, Florida. The current president of Gordon-Conwell is Dennis Hollinger, a Christian ethicist. According to the Association of Theological Schools, Gordon-Conwell ranks as one of the largest evangelical seminaries in North America in terms of total number of full-time students enrolled.
The history of Gordon-Conwell goes back to the late 1800s. In its current form, Gordon-Conwell arose from the refounding of two separate schools in 1969. This refounding was the product of a merger between Gordon Divinity School, formerly of Gordon College (1889) in Wenham, Massachusetts, and the Conwell School of Theology (1888), formerly of Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Both schools were founded in the Baptist theological heritage. Both Adoniram Judson Gordon and Russell Conwell were Baptist ministers; Gordon's divinity school was first established as Gordon Bible Institute in 1889, while Conwell's theological school was originally chartered as Temple College in 1888.
In 1969, both Gordon Divinity School and Conwell School of Theology experienced a downturn. The reorganization of both schools into Gordon-Conwell was the result of the financial backing of J. Howard Pew and the unifying influence of evangelist Billy Graham. Boston pastor and theologian Harold Ockenga was selected as its first president.
Ockenga had wanted a strong evangelical voice in New England to contend with more theologically liberal schools like Harvard and Boston University. He also envisioned Gordon-Conwell as an east-coast equivalent to Fuller Theological Seminary on the west coast. Other former presidents include Robert Cooley (1981–1997), Walter Kaiser, Jr. (1997–2006), and James Emery White (2006–2007), and Haddon Robinson (2007–2008). Currently the President is Dennis Hollinger (2009- ) and the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Gordon-Conwell is John A. Huffman, Jr., an accomplished pastor and author.
The main 118-acre (0.48 km2) residential campus is in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. There are secondary campuses in Boston, Massachusetts; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Jacksonville, Florida. The campus in Boston is known as the Center for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME), and it is a program offered exclusively through part-time night and weekend classes. The CUME campus also focuses primarily on urban and cross-cultural ministry in an urban setting. The Charlotte program was founded in 1992, and it offers courses on weekends, evenings and through week-long intensive courses, and generally attracts an older student body. The Jacksonville campus opened in February 2006 and was originally an extension of the Charlotte campus, though it now is the fourth campus for Gordon-Conwell. The Jacksonville campus is located in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. On February 2, 2012 the school began renovations of two large rooms in the main administrative and residence building on their South Hamilton campus. The 'Old Book Center' has been transformed into 'Alumni Hall,' a space for events and conferences dedicated to the alumni of Gordon-Conwell. The new mezzanine was opened to the public early in January, 19 months after the construction deadline lapsed. In August 2013, a donor generously gifted several hand-carved tables, chairs, couches, and art work for the Great Hall. In honor of this donor, the space was renamed the Pierce Great Hall.
Gordon Divinity School and Conwell Theological Seminary were both from the Baptist heritage. When Gordon-Conwell was refounded in 1969, however, the seminary was purposefully founded with no specific Christian denominational affiliation. Today, Gordon-Conwell has students from over 80 different denominations, as well as students from over 40 countries around the world. Theologically, the Statement of Faith and the Mission and Purpose of the seminary are based on Protestant and evangelical doctrines, such as biblical inerrancy and penal substitution.
Gordon-Conwell is part of the Boston Theological Institute (BTI), a consortium of nine theological schools in the Greater Boston area and the Carolina Theological Consortium, a consortium of four theological schools in North and South Carolina.
Gordon-Conwell is overseen by the main administration at the Hamilton campus. Each of the other three campuses is overseen by a campus dean, who reports directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and main campus administration.
According to the seminary's accreditation record, there are 2,137 students enrolled at Gordon-Conwell. The seminary offers 23 degrees including the Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Theology (Th.M.), Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), and a wide range of specialized master's degrees.
Gordon-Conwell has been accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada since 1964 and by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges since 1985. It is also certified by the United States Government for the training of veterans and the education of chaplains for military service.
- John Jefferson Davis, Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics
- Dennis Hollinger, President, Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics
- Gordon Hugenberger, Ranked Adjunct Professor of Old Testament
- Walter Kaiser, Jr., President Emeritus; Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Old Testament and Old Testament Ethics
- Richard Lints, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Hamilton Campus
- Haddon Robinson, Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching; Senior Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program
- Douglas Stuart, Professor of Old Testament
- David Wells, Distinguished Senior Research Professor
- Donald Fairbairn, Robert E. Cooley Professor of Early Christianity
- Barry Corey, former Vice President/Chief Academic Officer and Academic Dean
- Gregory Beale, former Professor of New Testament and current professor at Westminster Theological Seminary
- Walter Kaiser, Jr., emeritus Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Old Testament and former President
- Meredith Kline, former Professor of Old Testament
- Stephen Charles Mott, Professor of Christian Social Ethics
- Harold Ockenga, former President of Gordon–Conwell Theological Seminary
- Timothy Tennent, former Professor of World Missions and Indian Studies
- Gordon Fee, former Professor of New Testament
- Edwin David Aponte, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the Faculty, and Professor of Christianity & Culture at Christian Theological Seminary.
- Mark Dever, pastor of the Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.
- Kevin DeYoung, author, pastor
- Gil Dodds, distance runner and athlete
- Robert Godfrey, president of Westminster Seminary California
- Kimberly Hahn, Catholic apologist and author
- Scott Hahn, Catholic apologist and theologian
- Donald J. Harlin, Chief of Chaplains of the U.S. Air Force
- Timothy Keller, pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church
- Gary N. Knoppers, professor of classics and ancient Mediterranean studies at Pennsylvania State University
- Brock Kreitzburg, Olympic gold medalist bobsledder
- Woodrow Kroll, president and Bible teacher for the Back to the Bible radio and television ministry
- William L. Lane, New Testament theologian and professor of biblical studies
- Roger Nicole, Swiss Reformed theologian
- Phillip Sandifer, writer, recording artist
- Timothy Tennent, president of Asbury Theological Seminary
- Ben Witherington III, biblical scholar and professor of New Testament studies at Asbury Theological Seminary
- Stephen A. Hayner, president of Columbia Theological Seminary, pastor, professor, former president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
- "President of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary". Retrieved 2012-11-05.
- "2011-2012 Annual Data Tables". Retrieved 2012-11-05.
- "Our History". Retrieved 2012-11-05.
- Songe, Alice (1978). American Universities and Colleges. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 79.
- "Ockenga Institute". Retrieved 2012-11-05.
- "Board of Trustees". Retrieved 2012-11-05.
- "About Our Campus". Retrieved 2012-11-05.
- "About Our Campus". Retrieved 2012-11-05.
- "Multiple Locations". Retrieved 2012-11-05.
- "Jacksonville". Retrieved 2012-11-05.
- Hollinger, Dennis (2 February 2012). A Message from President Hollinger. "Our construction deadline is May 1, in order to accommodate a Lausanne event being held at the Seminary May 29-June 1"
- Schlueter, Adelaida (1 January 2013). Opening of Mezzanine in Great Room. "On behalf of Dr. Dennis Hollinger, I am pleased to announce that the Mezzanine in the Great Room is now available for use. With regard to the use of downstairs in the Great Room, we are waiting for further donations for the furnishings."
- Email to student body from Dr. Dennis Hollinger. August 22, 2013.
- "Statement of Faith". Retrieved 2012-11-05.
- "Mission and Purpose".[dead link]
- Association of Theological Schools
- The Association of Theological Schools
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- "Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary: World-Renowned Faculty at Gordon-Conwell". Retrieved 2012-11-05.