Dr. Jeffrey M. Bass, Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa
After graduating with a BSE in Civil Engineering from Princeton University and marrying his college sweetheart in the summer of 1981, Jeffrey Bass moved to Boston so he could work as a hazardous waste management consultant at Arthur D. Little, Inc. Five years later, Jeff and Ellen bought land and built a house in the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston where they raised their two now grown sons, David and Peter.
Jeff joined the board of the Emmanuel Gospel Center in 1987, became assistant director in 1991 and executive director in 1999. Jeff is also an adjunct professor at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary’s Boston Campus where he teaches “Living Systems in the Urban Context.”
Ellen and Jeff are active members of River of Life Church in Jamaica Plain. Jeff relishes basketball with his sons, is an avid tennis player, and has a passion for leadership development in the church.
Dr. G. Walter Hansen, Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa
Walter Hansen, born in Chicago, married Darlene in 1967. They have three children and seven grandsons. Walter earned a B. A. from Wheaton College, a M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Th.D. from Wycliffe College, University of Toronto.
For 8 years Walter served as pastor of The Chapel (now renamed as Parkside Church) in Cleveland, Ohio, for 6 years as Lecturer in New Testament at Trinity Theological College in Singapore, and for 12 years as Associate Professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he also founded and directed the Global Research Institute.
For the last 10 years Walter travelled in Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa to teach and to support partners of his family foundation, Rivendell Stewards’ Trust.
Walter serves on the Board of Trustees of Westmont College. He and Darlene received the 2007 Philanthropy Award from the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities and the 2011 Westmont Award from Westmont College.
Walter’s most recent book, co-authored with Bruce Herman, entitled Through Your Eyes: dialogues on the paintings of Bruce Herman, indicates his commitment to support artists and to integrate theology and the visual arts.
Dr. Seppo E. Rapo. Doctor of Science, honoris causa
Seppo E. Rapo graduated from Wheaton College (Illinois) in 1960, and from Harvard Medical School in 1964. He is retired from the practice of General and Thoracic surgery at the Cape Cod Hospital, in Hyannis, Massachusetts and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society and the New England Surgical Society. He was director and principal investigator of the Clinical Research Center of Cape Cod from 2004–2013.
He was on the Board of Trustees of Gordon College from 1976 to 2000, and from 2002 to 2006, and is currently an emeritus member of the board.
Seppo has been on the boards of the Christian Medical Society, and the Cape Cod Symphony. He is the chairman of the board of Veritas Academy, a classical Christian school on Cape Cod.
Seppo and his wife, Judith Anne (Gordon ’67), have been involved in the ministry of Christ Chapel, Interdenominational, of Centerville, Massachusetts, since its founding in 1980. They have three children, graduates of Cornell, Wheaton and Gordon; and five grandchildren.