The Office of Community Engagement is located on the top floor of Lane, room 301, by the Center for Student Development office. Come by anytime to chat with one of us!
Val Buchanan | Director
Val grew up in both in Michigan and Texas, resulting in a love for cross-cultural settings and Mexican food! Her faith journey has been one of seeking to explore themes of urban ministry, building community, racial reconciliation, holistic discipleship, and civic participation. Val studied Recreation and Sociology at Southwest Baptist University in Missouri and then spent five years working in the Missions and Ministries Office at that same school. After moving to Lynn in August 2003, Val was given the opportunity to begin connecting Gordon College and the city of Lynn. In this journey, she has loved getting to know the people making a positive difference in the City of Lynn! Val also enjoys living close to the ocean, watching NFL games with friends, spinning classes at the gym, and traveling to South Africa.
Katie Knudsen | Coordinator of Academically-Based Service-Learning
Katie was born and raised in New Jersey. She grew up in a Jewish family and came to faith in Jesus through the ministry of Young Life. Katie studied Psychology and Religion at Duke University, where she met her husband, Jamie. They moved to Massachusetts for Katie to attend Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, where she earned a Master’s degree in Counseling. Katie first worked in the counseling world, but took a few years off to raise her four children: Dani, Jacob, Lily, and Aliyah. Katie and Jamie adopted Dani and Aliyah from Ethiopia when they were 9 years old and 9 months old, respectively. She returned to work at Gordon 9 years ago as an adjunct instructor for CCC, and later TGC and Christian Theology. Currently, Katie and Jamie’s house in Hamilton serves as a “boarding house” for 3 Gordon students, who squeeze in with their family of 6 and beloved dog, Maccabbee. Katie serves as an elder in her church and on the local Young Life Committee, loves working out at the Bennett Center, and, in addition to service, is passionate about hospitality and international adoption.
Stephanie Marienau Turpin | Associate Director
Stephanie Marienau Turpin joined Gordon College in 2012. Her professional background is in International Development, giving her the opportunity to work in Senegal, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, and, most recently, South Sudan, the world's newest country. Stephanie earned her B.A. in English and French from Vanderbilt University in Nashville and her M.A. in International Development from George Washington University in Washington D.C. She loves reading, writing, being outdoors, and traveling to new places. Stephanie lives in Peabody with her husband John.