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 services or join us live on Monday or Wednesday beginning at 10:25 a.m.
SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PREVIOUS SEMESTER:
Monday, September 9
Virginia Ward, Associate Pastor of Abundant Life Church in Cambridge, empowers youth, youth ministries and organizations by guiding them through the thought processes that enables correct decisions making in their daily lives and wise courses of action for their ministries. She integrates leadership and motivational skills with knowledge of multi-generational urban youth ministry to inspire, enlighten, and help individuals and organizations equip the next generation of leaders. Virginia is also studying for her doctorate degree at Gordon Conwell Seminary.
Wednesday, September 11
Dr. Matthew Sleeth
Dr. Sleeth is a former emergency room physician who quit his job to teach people and write about how to live a faith-filled, environmentally-responsible life. He is the author of Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action (Zondervan, April 2007), the introduction to the Green Bible (2008, HarperOne), and 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life. Dr. Sleeth and his family live a lifestyle of environmental faithfulness, deliberately cutting back on fossil fules and electircity use.
Monday, September 23 and Wednesday, September 25
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Leon Stevenson received his Master of Divinity degree from Gordon Conwell Seminary. At the completion of his degree, Leon was excited to pursue the Lord’s call to minister in Detroit where he currently serves as the Pastor of Community Development and Pastoral Care at Mack Avenue Community Church. Leon's heart is to use his gifts of discipleship, teaching, and evangelism to further the purposes of Christ in the city of Detroit through spiritual, racial and economic reconciliation.
Monday, September 30
Todd and Leslie Engelsen lead PEER Servants — an organization of committed and gifted volunteers and staff dedicated to serving indigenous, autonomous microfinance institutions in the materially poor world. Todd is the President of PEER Servants while Leslie assumes many key responsibilities within the organization.
Wednesday, October 2
Dr. Billy Kim
Billy Kim was born in 1934 to a poor farming family. With the help of an army Sargeant he left for America and went to Bob Jones Academy in South Carolina. In August, 1958 he married Trudy and they returned to Korea to begin their ministry. Among other things, Dr. Kim translated for Billy Graham during the 1973 crusade and is director of the Far East Broadcasting Company in Korea. In 2000, Dr. Kim became the first Asian to be elected as President of the Baptist World Alliance.
Monday, October 7
In his seventh year as founding and lead pastor of The Harbor in Beverly, Neil is married to Kelsey and has two children, JD (3) and Hannah (1). Before the pastorate, Neil was a high school teacher of languages and a volunteer leader with YoungLife, where he met Kelsey. A graduate of both Baylor University (TX) and Boston University, Neil's passions include training future church-planting teams, releasing believers into their callings, caring for the souls of congregants, and praying for the Boston Bruins to win another Stanley Cup.
Wednesday, October 23
Dr. John Perkins
John M. Perkins was born into Mississippi poverty, the son of a sharecropper. He fled to California when he was 17 after his older brother was murdered by a town marshal. Although Dr. Perkins vowed never to return, in 1960 after he accepted Christ, he returned to Mendenhall, Mississippi to share the gospel of Christ. His outspoken support and leadership role in civil rights demonstrations resulted in repeated harassment, imprisonment, and beatings. Despite being a third grade drop-out, Perkins has been recognized for his work with eleven honorary doctorates from colleges and universities across the country and two universities have established John Perkins centers. He is one of the leading evangelical voices to come out of the American civil rights movement. As a founding member of the Christian Community Development Association, Dr. Perkins is also an internationally known author, speaker, and teacher on issues of racial reconciliation and Christian community development.
Wednesday, October 30
Dr. Jim Belcher
Jim Belcher is founding church planter and lead pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, California. He is author of the book Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional (2009).
Monday, November 25
Dr. Peter Heltzel
Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D., is the Director of the Micah Institute and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at New York Theological Seminary. He also serves as Assistant Pastor of Evangelism at Park Avenue Christian Church in New York City. A gifted writer, he is the author of Resurrection City: A Theology of Improvisation (Eerdmans) and Jesus and Justice: Evangelicals, Race and American Politics (Yale University Press). His extensive formal education combined with his childhood years in Mississippi, inform his work with a deep commitment to the power of words and music, to social justice and to a global movement of radical change and collective activism.