For Michael and Kim Esters ’91, Gordon College was the place where “we grew up and grew in our faith.”
They met their first year in Discovery, a class that is part of the La Vida Outdoor Education program, and got married the summer after graduation. In that first year, former chaplain Richard Farmer introduced a hymn, “Lead Me, Lord,” which they went on to sing all four years during Chapel. “It was a song but also a prayer, and God answered it,” shares Michael, “leading both of us through trials to careers, family and a place to make a home. I still sing the song frequently today.”
Living in nearby New Hampshire, Michael and Kim have sent their two eldest children to Gordon. Why do they give to Gordon after all this time? “The country desperately needs the salt that Gordon College can provide. The young generation today needs the sense of purpose and hope which is conveyed by faculty and students. That is the kind of investment that goes beyond stock returns, which is why, as we consider giving opportunities, Gordon is high on the list.”
Gordon College is grateful for our Partners like Michael and Kim, who generously give to Gordon students and the programs that support them to continue our mission to graduate men and women distinguished by intellectual maturity and Christian character, committed to lives of service and prepared for leadership worldwide.
I have been giving to Gordon my entire adult life,” reflects Partner Doug MacGray ’81. One of the many reasons is quite personal. “My children and grandchildren will benefit from a country (and a world) where the culture is infected by talented Gordon graduates who have been taught how to inculcate their faith into the various aspects of their lives, including business, politics, education and the arts.” And his children already have.
Doug and wife Deb’s son, Logan and his wife Danielle graduated in 2011 and 2012. They, too, give to Gordon as Partners, for similar reasons. “Gordon is shaping and developing leaders who are not only experts in their field, but have a deep understanding of who God is and how he is bringing about redemption in the world.”
For Doug, Logan and Danielle, their Gordon experiences continue today. “I made lifelong friends at Gordon, and I’ll never forget the support I received during some down times and the lively conversations with the diverse opinions I encountered,” shares Doug. Danielle agrees: “Not only did I learn so much, but I have genuine relationships with my professors that continue today. My closest friends are also my roommate and floormates that met living together in Ferrin my freshmen year.”
A Gordon experience embraces our students academically, emotionally and spiritually. The ongoing generosity of people like Doug, Logan and Danielle make this possible for future generations—like their kids and grandkids Judah and Lydia.
Thank you, MacGrays!