Gordon in the News: last updated 12/21/2012

Connecticut Tragedy Hits Home for Gordon Community

December 17, 2012

The Gordon College community grieves for the victims of this past Friday’s tragic event in Newtown, Connecticut, and offers its heartfelt prayers for the families and friends of those killed, and for the entire Newtown community. Charlotte Bacon, the six-year-old daughter of 1992 Gordon alumnus Joel Bacon and his wife, JoAnn, was among the victims.

“Several of our Christian Ministries alumni are on staff at Walnut Hill Community Church, a church affected by the tragic shooting,” said Bob Whittet, associate professor of Christian Ministries and a 1978 alumnus of the College. “They have been ministering to those who are hurting, doing some of the toughest ministry they will ever be called on to do in their careers.”

The College has made itself available as a resource to area churches and church leadership working to minister in this traumatic situation. We will continue to assess how Gordon might best support the affected communities through pastoral counsel, physical presence or material provision; and we will persist in prayer for all those whose lives were struck by tragedy last week.


Gordon faculty and staff gathered at the Clarendon Bell at 9:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 21. Dean of Chapel Greg Carmer led prayer, and Bob Whittet (faculty member and director of church relations) rang the large, heavy bell 26 times. (photo courtesy of Cyndi McMahon) 

A memorial wreath was hung on a pillar of the A.J. Gordon Chapel (photo courtesy of Rebecca Powell)  

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