STILLPOINT Archive: last updated 04/22/2016

50 Under 50: The Surprising Lives of Gordon’s Younger Alumni

They were born between 1964 and 1992—between the Beatles’ first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show and Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign. We connected with them through Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter—social media that they somehow survived childhood without. Their church backgrounds? Mainline, megachurch, house church, and lots in between. Some are “second-generation Gordon” and others never heard of the place until it was mentioned by a youth pastor, friend, or friend-of-a-friend. Some knew their career trajectory from the day they arrived on campus. Others changed majors (or post-graduation jobs) several times before finding their nexus of “deep gladness and the world’s deep need,” as Frederick Buechner has phrased it.

The women and men whose stories appear here, in snapshots from their lives in 2014, are just a tiny sample, a fraction of one percent of all Gordon alumni under 50. There are nearly 200 other alumni in that cohort for each person in these pages—all with compelling stories and journeys. Some day, tell us yours.

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