STILLPOINT Archive: last updated 12/13/2013

Inspiration: Tom Haugen, Chaplain

Tom Haugen joined the campus community in November as Gordon College’s seventh chaplain (a position formerly known as Dean of Chapel). The chaplain’s office develops and implements the student-focused Chapel program, short-term mission trips, and spiritual formation. Greg Carmer, who was Dean of Chapel for the past 11 years, is now Dean of Christian Life and Theologian-in-Residence.

"It will be a privilege to help students discover for themselves God’s purpose for their lives as they navigate the joys and challenges of the college journey,” Tom says. “I get excited thinking about the impact 1,600 students could have in New England and to the ends of the earth when they embrace God’s love and forgiveness, grow in wisdom and Christ-likeness, commit to lives of service, and in all things give God the honor and glory he deserves.”

Tom has served churches in Switzerland and Atlanta, working with youth and young adults. He and his wife, Lauri, both earned divinity degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he is
now a Ph.D. candidate at (in GCTS’s program in conjunction with the London School of Theology). So they already live in Hamilton, where with their three young daughters they are involved in the First Congregational Church and in the community. They spend free time exploring New England’s mountains and coastline, and get to Montana when they can to go fly-fishing with family.

“More than 450 people from around the world applied to be Gordon’s chaplain, and Tom was the clear standout,” President Michael Lindsay said in announcing the appointment on November 11. “I am so excited to see how God will use Tom’s gifts and leadership to make an impact on the Gordon community in the days ahead.”