“Stretching the mind, deepening the faith and elevating the contribution. That is our calling; that is our desire.”
Friday, September 16, marked the beginning of a new chapter in the 122-year history of Gordon College as D. Michael Lindsay, 39, one of the nation’s foremost experts on faith, culture and leadership, was inaugurated as the College’s eighth president.
Following months of behind-the-scenes work by the Presidential Inauguration Committee and its chair, Gaynelle Weiss, the daylong celebration began officially at 9 a.m. In three concurrent symposia on faith and culture, nine experts in various fields explored the intersection of Christian faith with the arts, the marketplace and the academy.
A worship service in A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel followed at 10:30; Dr. John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in California, offered a reflection.
The Installation Ceremony took place at 2 p.m. on the Gordon College quad with special remarks from Wake Forest University’s President Nathan O. Hatch. President Lindsay’s address, “Faithful Leadership for the Common Good,” outlined what he termed the Gordon Commission.
The Gordon community was joined by more than 500 visitors from churches, businesses, academic institutions and nonprofits—plus over 400 viewers from North America, Europe and Asia who watched the events streaming live on Gordon’s homepage.
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