THOMAS ALBERT (TAL) HOWARD, Ph.D.
Professor of History and Director of the Center for Faith and Inquiry
Professor Howard holds a Ph.D. in European intellectual history from the University of Virginia. He is the author or editor of several books and his shorter writings have appeared in numerous academic and general-interest periodicals.
E tal.howardgordon.edu | P 978 867 4396
Office: CFI 202
Debbie Drost has been on staff at the Center since 2001, when it was the Center for Christian Studies. She administers grants, plans conferences, events and other programs including the annual Gordon College Spring Symposium for students. She was program coordinator for the Northeast Science and Religion Course Program, a John Templeton Foundation program housed at Gordon College (1997-2000). She served with the English Language Institute/CHINA at the Sichuan College of Education in Chengdu, China (1984-85). Debbie and her husband Roger serve with the Peace and Hope Trust, a nonprofit organization committed to providing relief and development in remote regions of Nicaragua, where he is U.S. Field Director. Her two sons are Gordon alumni.
E debbie.drostgordon.edu | P 978 867 4365
Office: CFI 201
M. RYAN GROFF, M.A.
Ryan is an alumnus of Gordon College ('06) and the Jerusalem and Athens Forum (JAF), and provides administrative oversight at the Center. He manages major grant projects, supports research and external relations opportunities, and serves the programming needs of the JAF honors program. He previously held positions in admissions and as project manager for the Critical Loyalty Project, a $2.5M grant from the Lilly Endowment. He completed an M.A. in Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and has been teaching conventional and online theology and first-year seminar courses at Gordon College since 2010. His wife Laurie (Arnold) Groff ('06) coaches varsity swimming and instructs Hebrew students at the college. They live in Beverly, Massachusetts with their three young children.
E ryan.groffgordon.edu | P 978 867 4227
Office: CFI 301