Gordon in the News: last updated 01/12/2009

Jan Carlberg to Read at Christ Church Readers and Writers Guild

January 5, 2009

Jo Kadlecek
Office of College Communications

WENHAM, MA - As a preacher's daughter, Jan Carlberg grew up around stories and biblical themes, where she developed a love for both. As a result, she has blended them together to create her own stories, becoming a popular author and speaker throughout the country. She also happens to be married to R. Judson Carlberg, president of Gordon College, a liberal arts college that has celebrated stories throughout its 120-year history.

On Friday, January 16, at 7:30 p.m. Jan will be the featured author at the Readers and Writers Guild of Christ Church of Hamilton/Wenham at 149 Asbury Street in Hamilton, Massachusetts. She will read from her stories that, she says, offer, "glimpses of a God Who somehow loves us enough to show up, especially when we know we least deserve His company."

The Readers and Writers Guild of Christ Church of Hamilton/Wenham, which has met five times a year over the past 10 years, offers a unique opportunity for creative writers to come together in the context of their faith.

"I asked Jan to read because I heard her storytelling at a Gordon event," said Betsy Retallack, volunteer director of the Guild. "She was available for our January gathering and I'd been hoping to get her involved. When she said yes, a literary marriage occurred."

The event will also include an open microphone portion featuring young readers and writers from throughout the Christ Church community. Writers will read original poems, essays, prose or short stories in a coffeehouse atmosphere, where refreshments will also be served. There will be a book table for those interested in selling their publications. The event is free and open to the public.

As the author of The Hungry Heart and The Welcome Song: And Other Stories from a Place Called Home, Jan speaks at conferences, churches and colleges across the United States. She has served as a director of women's ministries, community Bible study teacher, assistant chaplain at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, and is on the board of Vision New England. The Carlbergs have two grown children and three grandchildren.

For more information on Jan Carlberg, contact the Gordon College Office of College Communications at 978.867.4752. For more information on the Readers and Writers Guild, contact Betsy Retallack, betsyretallack@hotmail.com.


Gordon College is a Christian college of the liberal arts and sciences on Boston's North Shore. The College offers majors in 37 fields and has graduate programs in education and music education. Leading the way in Christian college merit, Gordon is nationally ranked for its excellence in academics and its role in character building. These achievements recognize Gordon as one of the nation's top Christian colleges.