SALOME PALMER | Director
Hugh of St. Victor said it best, “Learn everything. Later you will see that nothing is superfluous.” This has proven true in Salome's eclectic educational experience that positions her to direct Gordon's Heritage Program. Her earliest years in the public schools fostered a curiosity for learning and creative approach to problem-solving. In middle school, she transferred to Mars Hill Academy in Cincinnati, Ohio where she experienced firsthand the power of a classical education. It was in designing D.C. leadership seminars, teaching AP Latin, and parsing pages of syllogisms that she cultivated a love for the design and discipline of education. She matriculated at Gordon College as a part of the inaugural Global Honors Cohort and has triple-majored in Music, Comparative Literature, and Biblical Studies.
Growing up in a bicultural family, Salome spent the summers in the heart of Athens, Greece, serving refugees and forming friendships with people from around the globe. She is an enthusiastic advocate for cultivating and creating Kingdom culture wherever she finds herself, whether playing Chopin in the airport of Rome, following in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul in Turkey, or traveling by tuk-tuk in Nepal. Currently completing her MBA through Babson College, Salome is passionate about connecting and empowering Christian entrepreneurs and creatives at the intersection of education, the marketplace and the church.
JASON LAWRENZ | Chaplain
Jason Lawrenz is the chaplain and Rhetoric School bible teacher at Covenant Christian Academy, a classical school that serves northeastern Massachusetts. His vocation as a minister of God's Word is attributable only to God's grace. On a December night during his senior year in high school, Jason went to bed planning to pursue meteorology and a career on television; he awoke the following morning with an unshakeable desire to study the Bible so that he might participate in cultivating the mind of Christ in future generations.
When he is not at Covenant, Jason can be found teaching theology at Gordon College, writing Sunday School curriculums for his local church, coaching his two sons' soccer and baseball teams, and working alongside his wife of 14 years, Robin, to open their home to friends and guests. When asked about their favorite meal of the day, each member of Jason's family would respond the same way: breakfast.
KERILYN HARKAWAY-KRIEGER | Faculty Advisor
After "glorifying God and enjoying God forever," Dr. Harkaway-Krieger's highest goals in life are to be a listener and a learner. She values curiosity and the ability to pay attention. She loves authentic conversations with friends, fellow pilgrims, and students. She also values solitude and stillness. She loves reading mystical texts and poetry of all kinds. Her teaching focuses on medieval and Renaissance English literature, as well as poetry. Her research focuses on theology and figurative language (metaphor, in particular), and medieval spirituality.
JOHN SKILLEN | Program Advisor
What rich work I’ve enjoyed over the years, teaching medieval and Renaissance literature at Gordon College, living with my family in Italy for a decade with the Gordon in Orvieto semester program, dreaming up projects in theater and the visual arts for the Studio for Art, Faith & History, leading seminars and writing essays and books (such as Making School Beautiful) for the classical-Christian schooling community. Yet always on my mind are two of the several global-wide crises that now jeopardize the planet, civil society, even human being itself: namely, the decay of well-crafted language and winsome argument, and the debasement of our natural environment.
I appreciate the medieval teachers such as Hugh of St. Victor who honored both the liberal arts of language and thought (grammar, logic, rhetoric, mathematics) and the common arts of artisan handcraft (skilled carpentry, tool-making, every sort of needlework), the skills of gardening and bee-keeping and animal husbandry. Hugh’s list even included music-making and theater—the arts of edifying and refreshing entertainment for the community. I am thrilled to be a part of a program that weaves together the mind-craft and hand-craft of our Heritage.
LAUREN COLT | Program Assistant
It had long come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things. - Leonardo da Vinci
Lauren Colt is an artist, book-lover, and theater enthusiast who hopes to go out and happen to things. Currently a sophomore at Gordon College, Lauren is majoring in Political Science with minors in Psychology and Social Enterprise. As the daughter of a retired Army colonel, she has called many places home, including: Tacoma, WA, Vicenza, Italy, San Diego, CA, and, most recently, Boston, MA.
Nothing is more fulfilling for Lauren than building meaningful relationships with people who share her desire to grow in trust of the Lord, in community with one another, and in the context of the vast tradition that came before. When not discussing theology or ranting about the virtues of classical Christian education to her begrudging floormates, she loves exploring the beauty of the North Shore, competing in Dutch Blitz game nights with her Global Honors cohort, and stargazing with friends. She hopes to spend her life reforming inefficient and unjust systems, whether in civil rights law, political office, educational advocacy or non-profit work.
“There could not be a more holistically transformative and immersive week-long experience than Heritage at Gordon. It was humbling to be on a staff of incredible peers that soon became deep friends. I will always look back on my time with Heritage as a time that I grew closer to the Lord in community.”
Ellen Grosh | 2021 Staff Member