Gordon’s graduation leadership program offers unparalleled access to nationally recognized leaders. Previous and current instructors have included the following individuals, who bring a wide range of experience from diverse backgrounds to illuminate the learning experience for students.
D. Michael Lindsay
President of Gordon College
D. Michael Lindsay serves as the eighth president of Gordon College. President Lindsay earned his undergraduate degree from Baylor University, graduate degrees from Princeton Seminary and Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University. Prior to his appointment as president of Gordon, Dr. Lindsay served on the faculty of Rice University. He is the author of two dozen scholarly publications, including Faith in the Halls of Power and View from the Top.
Now in its fifth year, President’s Lindsay’s administration has been characterized by significant growth in areas such as total assets, undergraduate and overall enrollment, as well as annual and overall giving. He has helped recruit 20 percent of the faculty, which today is more diverse, globally connected, and productive in terms of sponsored research. Ten new academic initiatives have been launched in fields including entrepreneurship, early Christian studies, big data, and computational physics. Global programs have taken on new dimensions with the establishment of ventures in Hong Kong, Rwanda, and the Balkans, and the development of Gordon Global Internships, which have contributed to a 78 percent increase in internship placements for Gordon students since 2010. The number of international students has doubled, and new strategic partnerships have been forged on four continents. Perhaps most gratifying are the positive indicators regarding faith formation. The College has experienced a 68 percent increase in Gordon College Student Ministries involvement over the last five years; one-third of the student body now participates in at least one campus ministry every semester.
President Lindsay is gratified to be working alongside talented colleagues and regards the College's gains over the past five years as evidence of a winning team. He is married to Rebecca, a writer and speaker, and they have three daughters: Elizabeth (11), Caroline (5) and Emily (5). The Lindsays live on the Gordon campus, which allows them to regularly cheer on the Fighting Scots.
Grace Community School
Jay Ferguson is the headmaster of Grace Community School in Tyler, Texas, where has served in that position since June 2003. Grace Community School is the largest private school in East Texas, serving just under 1000 students in grades kindergarten through 12th. Grace’s mission is to assist Christian parents in educating, equipping, and encouraging their children to influence the world for Christ, or as they condense it, to “teach Jesus.”
Jay attended Highland Park High School in Dallas, Baylor University, and Texas Tech School of Law. He was a practicing attorney in Dallas and Tyler for ten years before joining Grace Community School in 2002 as its Director of Development. After the departure of the school’s long-time headmaster in summer 2003, Jay became interim headmaster. He assumed the full-time headmaster role in fall 2003. Since that time, Jay has worked to develop a “whole ministry” approach for Grace Community School through a unified relationship between the Upper and Lower Campuses, and a strengthened bond between church and school.
Jay has written extensively on Christian education and training up children in the Lord, and counsels parents on child-raising issues daily. He has authored “A Bowed Head and a Humble Heart: The Head of School's Pastoral Role”, in Building a Better School, published by Paideia Press, as well as several journal articles. He writes a weekly blog on spiritual, education and parenting issues called The Head and the Heart. He is an adjunct professor at Covenant College in Georgia, at Vanderbilt University, and at Gordon College in Massachusetts.
Jay is the recipient of the W.C. Windsor Award for outstanding service in the Tyler community. He was named Smith County Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year. He currently serves on boards of organizations operating at the local, state, national, and international level, including the East Texas Communities Foundation, Texas Private School Association, the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability, and the executive board of the Association of Christian Schools International. He has a heart for mentoring groups of young men and couples.
Jay holds a Bachelors’ Degree from Baylor University, a Juris Doctor from Texas Tech University School of Law, and a Masters’ Degree in Educational Leadership from Covenant College. He is currently a PhD candidate in Leadership Studies at Dallas Baptist University. He and his wife, Ashley, are members of Grace Community Church, and have served over 20 years in small group and children’s ministries. He serves as an elder of Grace Community. He and Ashley have three teenage daughters, Emma, Annie, and Ellen. He has taught them to love Jesus and football, in that order, which he considers his gift to future sons-in-law, Lord willing.
David W. Tilley, Ed.D.
Prior to moving to where Dr. David Tilley refers to as home, East Tennessee, he lived in New Mexico, Idaho, and Kansas as the son of a minister. He graduated in 1967 from East Ridge High School in Chattanooga, Tennessee and went on to receive his dual degree in political science and education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC).
Upon graduating from UTC in 1971, Dr. Tilley took positions with the Cobb County School District as a middle school teacher and also with Mount Paran Church of God as minister of youth. He went on to receive his M.Ed. in Educational Administration in 1975 from Georgia State University. He was a member of the first Board of Directors when the MPCS opened its doors in 1976. Dr. Tilley served Cobb County as a principal and central office administrator in both Personnel and Local Administration.
In 1982, Dr. Tilley started Straight, Inc., a drug rehabilitation program for adolescents in Marietta, GA. In 1984, he assumed the role of headmaster of Mount Paran Christian School (MPCS) and led its move to the "new” campus from Buckhead to East Marietta. After initiating the high school program at MPCS, he accepted the position of Vice President for Student Life at Lee University located in Cleveland, TN. While there, he received his doctorate in Leadership Studies from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1995. After 14 years at Lee University, Dr. Tilley accepted a position as Vice President for Student Life located in Houghton College, Houghton, NY. Dr. Tilley returned to Mount Paran Christian School as headmaster in 2004 and retired from that position in 2018.
Dr. Tilley is the recent past Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Georgia Independent Schools Association (GISA), current member of the Feed My Lambs Board of Directors, and an adjunct faculty member at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA., and Gordon College, Wenham, MA.
Dr. Tilley is married to Angie, and they have three adult children and seven grandchildren.
Timothy P. Wiens, Ed.D.
Mount Paran Christian School
Tim Wiens serves as the headmaster at Mount Paran Christian school. Previously, he served as the head of school at Delaware County Christian School. He is also the Co-chair of the ADVIS/Penn Summer Leadership Institute at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Educations and Co-chair of Vanderbilt University’s Peabody Professional Institute for Independent School Leadership. Likewise, he teaches within Peabody College’s Master of Arts degree program in Independent School Leadership. Tim is the co-founder and served as the Executive Director of the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA) from 2009-2015, was an assistant professor and visiting scholar at Wheaton College and has served as headmaster and in other administrative and faculty positions in both independent and public school settings throughout his 24-year career.
Tim is married to Dr. Kathryn Wiens, an educator and author of numerous articles, books, and studies on education. They have one son, Eliot, who attends Delaware County Christian School, and they are the dog-parents of Greta, their Great Dane.
Senior Strategist for Communication, John Templeton Foundation
In his new book Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing, Andy Crouch continues the compelling exploration of faith and culture found in his previous books Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power and Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling.
Andy most recently served as executive editor of Christianity Today. He continues to serve on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and Equitas Group, a philanthropic organization focused on ending child exploitation in Haiti and Southeast Asia. He is also a senior fellow of the International Justice Mission’s IJM Institute. His writing has appeared in Time, The Wall Street Journal, and several editions of Best Christian Writing and Best Spiritual Writing—and, most importantly, received a shout-out in Lecrae's 2014 single "Non-Fiction."
Andy was executive producer for the documentary film series Where Faith and Culture Meet and Round Trip, as well as the three-year project This Is Our City. From 1998 to 2003, he was the editor-in-chief of re:generation quarterly, a magazine for an emerging generation of culturally creative Christians. For ten years he was a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Harvard University. He studied classics at Cornell University and received an M.Div. summa cum laude from Boston University School of Theology. A classically trained musician who draws on pop, folk, rock, jazz, and gospel, he has led musical worship for congregations of 5 to 20,000. He lives with his family in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
Steve currently serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for Three W International, a premier international student enrollment management company. In this role, he is involved in program and partnership development that is necessary to solidify the company’s strategic leadership in the international student enrollment market.
Additionally, he has served since July 2015 as the Canon for Education for the Episcopal Diocese of Honduras. In this Missionary assignment, he specifically supports and assists the Bishop with diocesan education programs, with his initial efforts focused on strategic planning, system development, and leadership development with the seven bilingual schools of the diocese. He also maintains advisory and board roles with several organizations promoting opportunities to connect the world through education.
Steve brings to his work a broad understanding of both university and independent school worlds. He previously served in colleges and universities as well as independent schools. Prior to moving to Honduras, he was the President of the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) from July 2007 to June 2015. In this role, he was the CEO of one of the largest independent school regional accrediting association serving and accrediting approximately 380 independent schools in 11 states and four countries.
His career as an educator began when he served as the Director of Student Recruitment at Southern Nazarene University. This role was followed by positions as the Director of Student Assessment and the Director of Graduate Student Services at Oklahoma State University, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, and Vice President for Student Affairs at Carl Albert State College in Poteau, Oklahoma. Following his service in higher education, he served as the Headmaster of two independent schools, Saddlebrook Preparatory School in Tampa, Florida and The Orme School of Arizona.
Steve earned a B.A. in Religion and an M.A. in General Education from Southern Nazarene University, where he competed successfully as an intercollegiate basketball player. He earned a Ph.D. in Applied Behavioral Studies in Education from Oklahoma State University. In June of 2015, he began work toward a Doctorate of Ministry in Educational Leadership at Virginia Theological Seminary.
Kim Winsor is Director of Studies and Director of Middle School at Lexington Christian Academy (LCA) in Massachusetts. She began her career in the Boston Public Schools followed by a year at Holliston High School moving to Lexington Christian Academy in 1980. Hired as the librarian, Kim found that the academy gave her the opportunity to initiate new programs and take on new responsibilities. She has been a classroom teacher— teaching all grades 6-12—Director of Special Education, Academic Director, and Associate Head of School. She has been a full-time administrator for 25 years. In 2016, under Kim’s leadership, LCA was named an Exemplary Christian School by ACSI.
Kim initiated Cultivating Inquiry, a conference designed to challenge Christian School Teachers to ask the hard questions about faith and sharpen their skills in bringing faith into the classroom. Cultivating Inquiry is currently part of the ACSI New England Professional Development Forum. Kim is actively engaged in professional development initiatives through ACSI.
Curriculum development and professional growth are Kim’s passions. The LCA curriculum has grown under Kim’s leadership to include Concentrations in Global Studies, Arts, and MST (Math, Science and Technology) as part of a vibrant college preparatory liberal arts curriculum. These concentrations allow students to identify a passion and dig deeply into their chosen area. LCA has also developed two programs for international English language learners.
LCA’s professional growth program was featured by NEASC (now called NECHE) as a model for the pilot of an in-school teacher certification program. The initiative was postponed by NEASC but LCA continued to develop its own professional growth program centered around teaching portfolios and professional learning communities.
Kim has published articles in Anvil, Christian School Education, Leadership Matters, Independent Teacher, and Journal of Education. She is the editor of Cultivating Inquiry Across the Curriculum. A frequent speaker at conferences, Kim has been an adjunct professor at Endicott College, American International College, and Eastern Nazarene College. She is currently an adjunct professor at Gordon College.
Kim earned a Bachelors’ degree in English from Gordon College, a Masters’ degree in Reading from Boston University and a Doctorate in Educational Administration and Policy from Boston University. She has one granddaughter and a Golden Retriever named Misty.