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Jacob Brooks, Evans Hall

B.A. in Christian Ministries, Gordon College
M.Div, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Hometown: Belmont, New Hampshire

What brought you to Gordon?
I fell in love with Gordon College’s residence life program after serving for three years as an RA at Gordon. I loved my time as a student and God has subsequently given me a passion to now join the administration in that tradition of being challenged to grow and develop as God’s people.

What is your favorite part about working in Residence Life?
Living with students. My wife, Leah, and I just love being able to share our home with our residents—eating meals, watching movies, playing games, and worshipping God.

What is your favorite thing about Gordon?
Gordon’s location. It is in my mind the nearly perfect balance of being near the ocean (5 minutes)—the greatest city in America, Boston (25 min.)—and amazing mountains and hiking in New Hampshire (1 hour). In addition, the immediate region of the North Shore is so beautiful and has happily been my home for nearly a decade now.

What do you enjoy doing during your free time?
My favorite hobbies include sports and music. Boston sports (especially Patriots football) are a big part of my life. I also love playing guitar and listening to folk music. But the combination of sports and music (dancing) is an area that . . . let's just say I shouldn’t be allowed to do during my free time.

What is your favorite college memory?
My time at Gordon College has left me with numerous hysterical and wonderful memories. Probably my favorite memory was from my freshman year in Evans Hall. I was asked to join a men’s Bible study group in a room on the first floor. This Bible study, ‘da hood,’ totally changed how I viewed not only myself, but also God. It was through this group that I truly for the first time understood my own dependence. I developed a number of relationships that I will have for the rest of my life. It was the first place where I was invited to be authentic and open with people who cared about my soul. It’s a memory that is priceless.

What is your favorite hall event?
Being the New Hampshire hillbilly that I am, I love being out in the woods by a fire. So, my favorite hall events have to be Bonfire Worship Nights out at Gull Pond. The residence hall staff plans these events, but the worship is generally led by the students/residents of the hall. It’s amazing to be out under the stars by the fire (usually with s’mores) with a hundred of your friends, roommates, and fellow residents worshipping God. I love it!