Gordon College is a Christian community that strives to love God with both heart and mind and as followers of Christ we recognize our calling and privilege to gather for corporate worship. We meet twice a week on Monday and Wednesday mornings to worship in song and prayer and hear various speakers, some of which are highlighted below. You can view our previous worship gatherings or join us live on Monday or Wednesday beginning at 10:25 a.m.
DEEP FAITH WEEK 2016
Our annual DEEP FAITH Week will take place from February 15-19, 2016. Through special morning and evening chapel gatherings, we will ask God to examine our hearts and transform our minds - with the hope that our love for God and one another would be revived. Skye Jethani is author of The Divine Commodity: Discovering a Faith Beyond Consumer Christianity (2009), WITH: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God (2011), and Futureville (2014). He will be with us to open God's Word, lead us in prayer and direct us towards a renewal of loving God with all of our hearts, souls, strength and minds.
Monday, August 31
Australian singer-songwriter Nathan Tasker is a storyteller with a deep desire to awaken hearts to a beautiful and believable Savior. He weaves his personal journey of sorrow, doubt, hope and expectation into songs that echo far beyond his life, compelling listeners to long for their one, true home and the One who will never leave them. This truth, found at the core of Tasker's music, has been significantly shaped by deep sorrow and the dawning of new beginnings he has experienced in the past several years. Tasker's life and musical juorney collided in a heartbreaking paradox of joy and grief, which are forever intermingling but never mutually exclusive. The result of that impact was not despair, but the life-giving stories heard on his 2014 release Man on a Wire, the follow up to his critically acclaimed album Home. Tasker was named 2011 Australian Artist of the Year by The Rock Across Australia, and he has shared the stage with Bebo Norman, Newsboys and Michael W. Smith.
Wednesday, September 30
Shawn is a nationally known performance poet. He is blessed with a gift to encourage, inspire, educate and motivate. Shawn has more than 10 years' public performing experience, which includes drama and acting. He has performed in various churches and venues across the state of Florida and the US, was nominated for state poet laureate, and has also spoken for companies such as Nike, Johnson & Johnson, The Orlando Magic, Wycliffe Bible Translators and more. Shawn created and currently hosts "Diverse Word" at Dandelion Communitea Cafe, a weekly poetry open mic that includes comedy and other acts. Started in 2006, it is the longest running open mic in Orlando. In 2010, Shawn resigned a corporate position to pursue his passion as a full-time poet, educator and public speaker, which he believes to be his purpose in life. He produced his first poetry CD in 2010, and published his first book in 2013. Shawn's goal is to use his gift with words as a light in a dark, decadent world, thirsty for hope and hungry for change. Today, along with hosting and performing, Mr. Welcome is a teacher at Oak Ridge High School. He is married to his beautiful wife, Jannah, and is the father of four children.
Wednesday, October 7
Archbishop LeRoy Bailey, Jr.
Archbishop LeRoy Bailey, Jr. has served as the President and Chief Executive Office of The First Cathedral in Bloomfield, CT for over 43 years. In the 43 years of his pastorate, The First Cathedral has grown from a few hundred to more than 11,000 members. Under his leadership, The First Cathedral provides a weekly television and radio broadcast "Discovering Your Power," senior housing of eighty units in the City of Hartford, and a theological training center (New England International School of Ministry). Archbishop LeRoy Bailey, Jr. completed a Doctorate of Ministry from Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT. He has received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from The New England International School of Ministry, Marshville, MO, as well as an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Tennessee Baptist School of Religion, Memphis, TN.
Wednesday, October 26
Romanita Hairston currently serves as the Vice President for U.S. Programs with World Vision. She has spent nearly two decades working with individuals and families living in under-resourced communities. Romanita leads the U.S. Programs division of World Vision with a conviction that "we all give back by starting where we are with what we have to achieve sustainable solutions to poverty here and around the world." The drive to "give back" has led to over 18 years of service with World Vision's domestic programs. In her role at World Vision, Romanita has served as the director of KIDREACH, World Vision's elementary age intervention for urban and rural children. She later became the Executive Director for all of World Vision's work across Washington State. Today she leads World Vision's work to improve child well-being in the U.S. With operations in urban and rural locations across the U.S., she is responsible to lead the organization's national focus on raising awareness and responding to issues of child well-being. This includes overseeing programs that empower children and youth as well as the annual distribution of more than 50 million dollars in donated goods and partnerships with more than 2,000 organizations that serve more than 2 million beneficiaries.
Wednesday, November 4
Jerry Root, Ph.D.
Jerry is the Director of the Wheaton Evangelism Initiative as well as an associate professor of Evangelism and Leadership at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, where he has served on the faculty since 1996.. He has been studying C. S. Lewis and a constellation of subjects related to Lewis since 1970. Both his M.Div thesis and Ph.D. dissertation were about C. S. Lewis. He has taught college and university courses on C. S. Lewis continuously since 1980. He has lectured on Lewis at 59 colleges and universities in 9 different countries and has preached or lectured in 24 different countries at 32 states. He served as a consulting editor (with Douglas Gresham) and author of the Introduction to The C. S. Lewis Study Bible (2010). He also served as Editor (with Wayne Martindale) of The Quotable C. S. Lewis (1990), among other books and publications.