Gordon in the News: last updated 02/19/2008

Biographer and Scholar, Dr. Scott M. Gibson, to Speak On Gordon College Founder A. J. Gordon

February 11, 2008

Ashley Hopkins
Office of College Communications

WENHAM, MA-On Monday, February 25, 2008, Beverly resident Dr. Scott M. Gibson, Haddon W. Robinson professor of preaching and director of the master of theology program in preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, will speak about the life of A. J. Gordon, the founder of Gordon College. His lecture is entitled "The Man and His Ministry." Dr. Gibson will speak at 10:25 a.m. in the A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel.

"Dr. Gibson is by far the most knowledgeable living person on A. J. Gordon and is widely regarded as a leading scholar on the subject," says John Beauregard, professor emeritus of Bibliography and archivist at Gordon College.

In 1889, A. J. Gordon founded Gordon College, in Boston, as a missionary training institute. He was the author of several hymns, many of which are still sung today. Those include "My Jesus, I Love Thee", "Cast All Thy Care" and "He Shall Reign From Sea to Sea." A. J. Gordon also wrote many books including: In Christ, The Two-Fold Life, The Ministry of the Spirit, How Christ Came to Church,and many others. He also published a well-read monthly devotional entitled Watchword.

"A. J. Gordon changed my life, the way I think, the way I do ministry, the way I pastor," said Gibson during a recent lecture.

Dr. Gibson is a native of New Castle, Pennsylvania. He attended the Pennsylvania State University where he majored in education. After completing the Master of Divinity degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Gibson continued his studies at Princeton Theological Seminary where he was awarded the Master of Theology degree (homiletics), the University of Toronto where he earned a master's degree (church history), and the University of Oxford where he engaged in doctoral studies (church history), concentrating on the life and work of A. J. Gordon which culminated in his doctoral work, A. J. Gordon: American Premillennialist. This was published and copyrighted 2001 by University Press of America, Inc.

An ordained American Baptist minister, Dr. Gibson has pastored American Baptist churches, and is President of Cornerstone Church Network. He has authored or edited six books, including Preaching to a Shifting Culture and the soon to be released Preaching the Old Testament.

More on A. J. Gordon:

After completing his undergraduate studies at Brown University, A. J. Gordon entered the Newton Theological Institution. Upon graduation in 1863, he accepted a call to become pastor of the Jamaica Plain Baptist Church, near Boston. After six successful years there, he accepted a pastorate of the Clarendon Street Baptist Church in Boston where he remained for more than a quarter of a century. He saw the church completely transformed into one of the most spiritual and aggressive churches in America with an unsurpassed effort in missions.

Many of A.J. Gordon's original works are available in the archives of the Jenks Learning Resource Center at Gordon College. For more information on A. J. Gordon, visit the A. J. Gordon Heritage Project. For additional information on Dr. Gibson's lecture, please email .

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