Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees (pictured above with spouses at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, NC) are stewards; stewards of the physical resources, stewards of the intellectual climate, stewards of human relationships, and stewards of spiritual resources of Gordon-Conwell Theologial Seminary. We are blessed to have men and women committed to the mission of the seminary. Their names and brief biographies are below.
Joel B. Aarsvold :: Top
Joel Aarsvold, a certified public accountant, works as secretary and vice president of Corporate Affairs for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He has served with the Association since 1967. He currently works out of both the Charlotte and Minneapolis offices. Joel worked with the public accounting firm of Peat, Marwick and Mitchell in Minneapolis from 1962-1966.
Joel and his wife, Dawn, have been members of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, an inner-city church in Minneapolis, since 1965.
Joel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Luther College of Decorah, Iowa, and received his certification as a public accountant in 1970. He and his wife, Dawn, were married in 1963. They live in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, and also have a home in Charlotte, North Carolina. They have two married daughters and four grandchildren. Joel enjoys most sports, reading and family times. He has served as a Gordon-Conwell trustee since 1990.
Claude R. Alexander :: Top
Ranked among the 75 most influential persons by Charlotte magazine, Bishop Claude Richard Alexander Jr. challenges his audiences—including congregations at three church campuses as well as television and Web viewers—to change their world by living out their faith.
Serving as senior pastor of The Park Ministries (formerly University Park Baptist Church) since 1990, Bishop Alexander has overseen the rapid growth of the 96-year-old congregation from fewer than 500 members to over 8,000. Whether behind the pulpit, inside the boardroom or through civic leadership, Bishop Alexander brings a dynamic energy and passion for transforming lives to his unique ministry. He currently serves as the co-chair of the Community Building Initiative for the Foundation for the Carolinas, and on the Board of Directors of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.
Bishop Alexander was born in Waterloo, Iowa and reared in Jackson, Miss. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College, a master of divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a doctorate of ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Bishop Alexander and his wife Minister Kimberly Nash Alexander have two daughters, Camryn René and Carsyn Richelle.
Linda Schultz Anderson :: Top
Linda Schultz Anderson is a speaker and writer as well as Founder and Director of Mom To Mom Ministries. Mom to Mom is an innovative parenting outreach program that began at Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts, where Linda formerly served as Pastor of Adult Development. Since its inception in 1991, Mom To Mom has spread throughout the United States and Canada. In 2005, Linda began writing and videotaping a three-year curriculum for Mom To Mom in partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources. Heart Talk on What Really Matters was released by LifeWay in 2006, Growing Together in 2007, and Inside Out Parenting: A Mom’s Mission is due to be released in May 2008.
An English teacher and reading specialist by profession, Linda has taught in public and Christian schools, participated in curriculum development for a number of Bible Studies and Christian Education programs and written on both the pain of childlessness and the challenges of parenting. She and her husband Woody currently live in Brookfield, Wisconsin, where Woody directs the medical oncology program for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare in the Milwaukee area. They have three married children and two grandsons. Linda has served as a Gordon-Conwell Trustee since 2005.
George F. Bennett :: Top
George Bennett is a 1933 graduate of Harvard College where he received a degree in economics. He also received an honorary LLD degree from Harvard in 1973 following service as Treasurer at the university. George worked for many years at State Street Research & Management Company in Boston where he became managing partner in 1958.
He was also director for Ford Motor Company, Hanna Mining Company, Hewlett-Packard Company, and Middle South Utilities, Inc., and treasurer for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He served as director and member of the Finance Committee for Commonwealth Oil Refining Co., Florida Power & Light Company, John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co., and New England Electric System. He also served as president and director of State Street Investment Corporation, as chairman of the Board of Deacons for South Shore Baptist Church in Hingham, Massachusetts, and as a trustee at Wheaton College.
An article in a 1982 issue of The Boston Globe noted that Bennett may have been “the most established figure in the Boston money management world” at the time. George and his late wife, Helen, were married in 1935. George lives in Hingham and has three sons, thirteen grandchildren, and twenty-four great-grandchildren. George joined the Gordon-Conwell Board of Trustees in 1974.
Garth T. Bolinder :: Top
Garth T. Bolinder was born in Englewood, New Jersey, on January 19, 1949. He graduated from Wheaton College in 1971, and attended Gordon-Conwell for two years before transferring to North Park Seminary where he completed his Master of Divinity degree. He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell in 1999.
Dr. Bolinder was ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church in 1976 and has pastored churches in that denomination in Illinois, Michigan, Connecticut, California and Kansas. In 2000, he was installed as the founding superintendent of the Midsouth Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church. The purpose of this conference is to plant, nourish, and network vital churches in the five-state region of Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and New Mexico. Dr. Bolinder is on the board of Bible Study Fellowship. He has been married to his wife, Dixie, for 34 years and has two grown daughters.
Richard P. Camp :: Top
Richard became a member of the Gordon-Conwell Board of Trustees in 1997, returning to an institution he is well-acquainted with having received his Master of Divinity degree from the seminary in 1961 and served as dean of students from 1970-1973. He was awarded the school’s honorary Doctor of Divinity in 1988.
Richard worked in pastoral ministry for almost 10 years at Grace Baptist Church in New Hampshire and at South Shore Baptist Church in Hingham, Massachusetts. He served as assistant chaplain for six years and senior chaplain for seventeen years at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Since 1996, he has served as the executive director for A Christian Ministry in the National Parks where he supervises an independent interdenominational movement in 35 national parks in the United States.
Prior to his graduation from Gordon-Conwell, Richard graduated from Wheaton College in 1958. He has since continued his education by taking courses at Oxford University through Andover-Newton Theological Seminary each January from 1985-1995.
Richard and his wife, Virjean, were married in 1958 and currently live in Osprey, FL. They have three children and eight grandchildren. Richard continues to participate in Masters Track and Field competitions in the 100- and 200-meter dash, discus, and javelin events. He occasionally officiates as a linesman for college football games.
Thomas J. Colatosti :: Top
Tom is the founder and CEO of American Security Ventures, an investment holding company that invests in the biometrics, homeland security and cyber-security industries. He is CEO of Oasis Systems, CEO of Commodore Applied Technologies and Chairman of BIO-key International. Prior to starting ASV, Tom was CEO of Viisage Technology and held a number of senior executive positions at Digital Equipment Corporation (now HP).
Tom earned a BS and MBA from Suffolk University and he is a decorated Vietnam War combat veteran.
Tom is Chair of the Board Elders at Grace Chapel and also serves on the Board of Africa Inland Mission.
He and his wife, Nancy, reside in Lexington, MA. They have 2 adult sons.
Stan D. Gaede :: Top
Stan Gaede is president of the Christian College Consortium, which is located in Wenham, MA. He served as president of Westmont College from 2001-2006. Previously, he served as their provost and academic dean from 1996-2001. He served as provost and department chair at Gordon College between 1987-1996.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Westmont College in 1969, a Masters in Arts degree from California State University, Northridge in 1971 and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1974.
Stan and his wife Judy Lynn Gaede married August 10, 1968. She is currently serving as Assistant to the President, Christian College Consortium in addition to taking on the roles of Registrar and Assistant to the Dean at Gordon College. They have three children, Heather Gaede Regoli; married to Mark Regoli; mother of two of the cutest boys in the history of the world; attorney in Palo Alto, CA. Nathaniel T. S. Gaede; married to Idonia Schermerhorn Gaede; attorney in Boston, MA. Kirsten Gaede Van Mourick; married to Topher Van Mourick; artist and illustrator, currently pursuing an MFA in fine arts.
Joyce A. Godwin :: Top
Joyce Godwin pursued an early retirement in 1993 following a 25-year career in health care management. She worked for 21 years as the senior officer at Presbyterian Healthcare Services. She is currently a director of Charter Bank, Presbyterian Healthcare Services.
As a volunteer, Joyce has chaired the boards of Air Serv International, ECFA (Evangelical Council on Financial Accountability) ISI (International Students, Inc) and MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship). She is Chair of the Board at Quest Aircraft Coporation and serves on the Board of World Vision and World Vision International. She became a member of the Gordon-Conwell Board of Trustees in 2001.
Joyce received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida State University in 1965 and a Master of Arts from George Washington University in 1967. She has traveled extensively on all seven continents. Short-term medical missions, wildlife-oriented travel, and leadership training for missions have often been included in her travels.
She and her husband, Earl, live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they are both elders in their church. Earl, an anesthesiologist, particularly enjoys studying and teaching Christian worldview and the Muslim religion. Joyce writes and speaks on corporate governance.
Sharon Fast Gustafson :: Top
Sharon Fast Gustafson is an attorney whose principal practice area is employment law. After receiving her J.D. degree in 1991 from Georgetown University, she worked for four years in the labor and employment group of Jones, Day where she represented employers. Since 1995 she has been in the solo practice of law representing mostly employees with discrimination and benefits claims. She also advises tax-exempt organizations on employment matters. She is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, and she lectures on employment issues to bar groups and human resource professionals.
Sharon also practices adoption law, and she is a fellow in the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. She has served as a volunteer for a crisis pregnancy center, and she has frequently been a court-appointed guardian ad litem for abused and neglected children. She has represented adoptive parents, birth parents, and children in uncontested and contested adoptions. She lectures on adoption issues to church groups and bar groups.
Sharon and her family are active members of the Falls Church Anglican, where she serves as a Sunday School teacher, an occasional lecturer, a member of the prayer ministry, and a photographer for the communications committee. Sharon grew up in New Buffalo, Michigan, as the second of five daughters of a Baptist pastor and an elementary school teacher. She received her bachelor’s degree in 1980 from Bob Jones University, where she met her husband David, whom she married in 1980. David is a Judge on the United States Tax Court.
The Gustafsons live in Arlington, Virginia, and have nine children, a son-in-law who graduated from Gordon-Conwell, and five grandchildren. Ms. Gustafson has run four marathons and frequent half-marathons.
Michael E. Haynes :: Top
Michael Haynes joined the Gordon-Conwell Board of Trustees in 1983. He has held a dual career in social work and church ministry in addition to serving three terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He also served as the senior member of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Parole Board for 16 years and in an advisory capacity to four governors, two mayors, two United States senators, and one president.
In 1964, he began his ministry as senior minister of the Twelfth Baptist Church in Boston, where he served for 40 years until his retirement in November 2004 and continues as Pastor Emeritus. He also served as a member of the Lausanne Committee on World Evangelism and on the boards of Day Star University College in Kenya. the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and Christianity Today and holds emeriti status at the latter two. He continues on the boards of New England Baptist Hospital, chairing the Ministry Committee, Northeastern University, and the Boys’ and Girls’ clubs of Boston.
Michael is a graduate of New England School of Theology and Shelton College. He continued further studies at Gordon College, Gordon Divinity School, and Boston University School of Social Work. He was awarded the Doctor of Public Service degree from Barrington College, the Doctor of Laws degree from Gordon College, the Doctor of Divinity degree from Northeastern University, the Doctor of Humane Letters from Salem State College; the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and from Boston University. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary awarded him the Doctor of Divinity degree in May 2003.
Michael is an avid reader and enjoys international travel and music, particularly jazz. He lives in Boston.
Herbert P. Hess :: Top
Herbert Hess works in investment management as the President and CEO of the North American Management Corporation. Prior to joining North American Management Corporation, Herb served as President of State Street Research & Management Co. and Managing Director of Berents & Hess Capital Management.
Herb serves on the board and Executive Committee for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and is moderator and serves on the Board of Elders at South Shore Baptist Church in Hingham. He has been a member of the Gordon-Conwell Board of Trustees since 1983.
Herb and his wife BJ live in Hingham, Massachusetts. He has four children and ten grandchildren, and enjoys golfing, reading, biking, and spending time with his family.
John A. Huffman, Jr. :: Top
John Huffman joined the Gordon-Conwell Board of Visitors in 1969 and very soon thereafter officially became a member of the Board of Trustees. He has pastored in New York City; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Key Biscayne, Florida; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before going to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, California, in 1978 where he served as Senior Minister until November, 2009.
John graduated from Wheaton College in 1962 with a degree in history. In 1965, he earned a Master of Divinity degree in doctrinal theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. He received a Master of Arts in History from the University of Tulsa in 1970 and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1983.
John has written nine books. He has also been active for many years on the boards of World Vision U.S. (Chair, 1996-2001), World Vision International, and Christianity Today International, where he currently serves as Chair.
John and his wife, Anne, live in Newport Beach. Anne is a graduate of UCLA, Fuller Theological Seminary, and the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute. She is a practicing psychoanalyst in Newport Beach and serves as a Trustee of Fuller Theological Seminary. The Huffmans have three children: Suzanne (deceased), Carla, and Janet.
Ivan C. Hinrichs :: Top
Ivan Hinrichs is a Principal of Hinrichs Financial Corporate Benefits, LLC in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is a member and past president of the Charlotte Estate Planning Council and the Charlotte Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Mr. Hinrichs served as President of Charlotte’s Habitat for Humanity, and as Chairman of the Stewardship Committee and as an Elder at Myers Park Presbyterian Church.
He and his wife, Evelyn, enjoy building Habitat houses in Charlotte and have traveled to Central America and Africa on several Habitat construction trips. Evelyn and Ivan have a daughter, Keri, a son, Greg, and seven grandchildren. Mr. Hinrichs enjoys reading, travel, biking and golf. He has served as a Gordon-Conwell Trustee since May of 2006.
Caleb Loring, III :: Top
Caleb Loring, III is a private trustee and member of the Investment Committee for the Ayer Family Office, now known as The 1911 Trust Company. Previously, he worked for the Bank of Boston in the commercial lending division and with the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C.
Currently, he is also director and Chairman of the Audit Committee for The MiddleOak Insurance Company; Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee for Fidelity Personal Trust Company, FSB; Director and President of the Carter Family Corporation; Trustee and President of the Dumaine Family Trust; and Director and Interim Board Chairman of Geode Capital Management, LLC.
Caleb graduated from Dartmouth College and earned his MBA from Amos Tuck School of Business Administration in 1971.
Caleb has been and continues to be an active volunteer in his community. He presently serves as a member of the Investment Committee for the North Shore United Way, North Shore Community College Foundation and the North Shore YMCA. Other Board memberships include Vision New England; Chairman of the Advisory Board for Salvation Army, North Shore Corps; and member of the Salvation Army Massachusetts Advisory Board. He joined Gordon-Conwell’s Board in 1997.
He and his wife, Bonny, live in Prides Crossing, Massachusetts.They are active at Christ the Redeemer Church (Anglican) in Danvers, where he serves as an usher and Chairman of the Finance Committee; Bonny is in charge of church communications and is a long standing member pf the Board at Gordon College in Wenham, MA. They have two adult children and six grandchildren. Caleb enjoys exercising, reading, studying and being with family.
Joanna S. Mockler :: Top
Joanna Mockler is a 1955 graduate of Vassar College and an active member of Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts, where she serves in Pastoral Care and in the Prayer Ministry.
In addition to serving on the Board of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, which she joined in 1986, Joanna also serves on the boards of World Vision US and World Vision International.
Joanna has four adult children and seven grandchildren and lives in Wayland, Massachusetts. She enjoys traveling, gardening, reading and needlework.
Charles W. Pollard :: Top
Dr. Chip Pollard has been the president of John Brown University since July 2004. He received his undergraduate degree in English from Wheaton College in 1985, a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1988, a master’s degree in English from Oxford University in 1990, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia in 1999.
Dr. Pollard came to JBU from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he was an Associate Professor of English teaching primarily world and 20th-century literature. In addition to his teaching and scholarship, Dr. Pollard has also practiced law as a corporate and tax associate for Latham & Watkins in Chicago, Illinois from 1990-1993.
Under Dr. Pollard’s leadership, the university has completed the Keeping Faith Capital Campaign (2005-2011), receiving over $118 million in gifts. Through the blessings of God and his people, the campaign finished a year earlier than expected and $18 million over its original goal. The gifts to the campaign funded annual operating support, new endowed scholarships and programs, and the construction of new facilities, including a new wing to North Residence Hall, the Berry Performing Arts Center, the Bill George Arena, and the Balzer Technology Center, and the renovation of existing facilities, including the historic Cathedral Group, the Kresge Dining Hall, and expanded space for the Visual Arts program. Dr. Pollard also teaches in the undergraduate program on a regular basis and is a frequent speaker in chapel and other venues. Dr. Pollard was elected to the board of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities in 2009 and also serves on the community board for Arvest Bank in Siloam Springs.
He and his wife, Carey, have four children, Chad, Benjamin (deceased), Emma, and James. They are actively involved in First Presbyterian Church of Siloam Springs.
Fred L. Potter :: Top
Fred Potter became a member of the firm of Sulloway & Hollis, Concord, New Hampshire, in 1998, concentrating his practice in the areas of insurance regulatory, health care, securities, commercial finance, and transactional matters. He previously worked as President of Christian Mutual Life Insurance beginning in 1980. Prior to that, he worked as an attorney for five years at Sulloway, Hollis & Soden. He was also a founding partner of Potter-Brock Associates, Inc., a company that provided management consulting services.
Fred graduated from Harvard University in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He then received a Master in Business Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1972 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1975. He is a member of the Christian Legal Society, the New Hampshire Bar Association, and the American Bar Association, and an elder at Grace Bible Fellowship in Concord, New Hampshire.
Fred and his wife, Mertie, have three children. They live in Concord where Fred enjoys church involvement, music, and sports. He became a Trustee at Gordon-Conwell in 1983.
Shirley A. Redd :: Top
Shirley Redd retired after thirty years as a full time anesthesiologist at Caritas Norwood Hospital on December 31, 2011. Prior to this she worked as a partner of the Anesthesia Associates at both Newton-Wellesley and Norwood hospitals. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Neponset Valley Health Systems and the Caritas Norwood Hospital/Southwood Community Hospital.
Shirley is a graduate of Brandeis University (1973) and Tufts University School of Medicine (1977). She and her husband, Ed, the Honorable Edward R. Redd, a Justice in the Boston Municipal Court, downtown Boston were married in 1973 and live in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Their three adult daughters, Ivy Redd Couch, Sara and Rachel reside in Atlanta, Georgia.
Shirley and Ed worship at Morningstar Baptist Church, Mattapan, Mass. They are servant leaders of the Married Couples Ministry and the Lord has expanded the ministry globally to Africa where they share and co-partner with ICAM (Inner-City Africa Ministries) in Ghana. Prayer is the cornerstone of their ministry together. Shirley is an advocate for elderly services and caregiver for her mother who has AD. On Martha's Vineyard, she is an active member of the Cottagers, a civic-community service women's group. Shirley is an avid reader and enjoys travel and music. She joined the Gordon-Conwell Board of Trustees in 2001.
Samuel Rodriguez, Jr. :: Top
Rev. Rodriguez is a pastor, author and President and Senior Evangelist of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, an organization that serves 15 million Hispanic Christians, and advocates for 40 million Hispanics with regard to family, socioeconomic and political empowerment.
An ordained minister with The General Council of The Assemblies of God, he is founding pastor and global overseer of Third Day Worship Centers located in South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Thailand, India, Germany, Spain, Puerto Rico, South America, Mexico, Canada and the U.S. He is also founder of Third Day Believers Network (3DBN), a global network of revival ministries, and author of Are You a Third Day Christian? (Charisma House, 2000).
Rev. Rodriguez is currently the Evangelism Director for the Northern Pacific Assemblies of God District, serves on the Board of Directors for World Relief and was a board member for Valley Forge Christian College and the Assemblies of God Commission on Higher Education. He earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership in Agile Organizations from Lehigh University and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Organizational Management and Behavior. He is recipient of The Roberto Fierro Award for Excellence in Evangelism.
Virginia M. Snoddy :: Top
Virginia Snoddy’s career included several years as a school teacher and a stint as a flight attendant for Pan-American World Airlines. She served as Director of Christian Education at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, and for the Mecklenberg Presbytery of the Synod of North Carolina. She also worked for the New York City Mission Society summer camps and at a Spanish church and school for the Board of National Missions of the Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Jinny received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stetson University in 1949 and a Masters of Religious Education from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1955.
Jinny serves on the Charlotte Board of Advisors, having recently served as Chair. She became a member of the Gordon-Conwell Board of Trustees in 1993. In addition to serving on these two boards, other volunteer service opportunities include: Chair of the North Carolina Presbyterian Women’s Conference; Hospice volunteer; Bible teacher for Prison Fellowship in a men’s prison; volunteer at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte; President of Women of the Church at Carmel Presbyterian Church in Charlotte; and Core Leader of the Community Bible Study at Lake Norman.
Jinny lives in Davidson, North Carolina. She has two children and five grandchildren. Jinny’s hobbies include reading, travel and swimming.
Joseph W. Viola :: Top
Joseph Viola recently retired from private medical practice in Boston as an internist with specialty interests in hypertension and hypertensive cardiovascular disease. He trained at Boston City Hospital from 1972 to 1976. He is on the active medical staff of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the New England Baptist Hospital. He teaches the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course to Harvard Medical students and precepts medical residents at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Joe met his wife Ginny (Gordon-Conwell ’02) his first Sunday in Boston at Park Street Church in 1972; they married there in 1974. He and Ginny team-taught Community Bible Study for eight years. Currently the elder responsible for the small groups’ Bible study ministry, he shares a love for the Word, theological education, and marketplace ministries with Ginny. They both have had a long interest in the French Evangelical Seminary and World Relief (the relief and development arm of the National Association of Evangelicals).
Active on the Board of Trustees since 1982, he currently serves as Secretary. Joe and Ginny live in Traverse City, MI. Ginny serves on the Board of Advisors of the Center for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME). They both enjoy travel with friends and family visits.
J. Christy Wilson, III :: Top
J. Christy Wilson III, born in Kabul, Afghanistan, received his bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in 1975 and completed law school at the University of Miami in 1981. He specializes in the area of eminent domain at the law firm of Wilson, Leavitt & Small in Orlando and has published articles on the subject in several journals. He is a member of the Florida Bar, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, and the Rotary Club of Orlando. He served in the United States Army from 1976-1978.
Christy joined the Gordon-Conwell Board of Trustees in 1993. He and his wife, Edith, live in Orlando, Florida. They have a son and a daughter.
John H. Womack :: Top
John Womack recently retired as Pastor at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Dorchester, Massachusetts, a position he began in 1993. In addition to his church ministry, John was the President and CEO of JJS Services, Inc., a business he began in 1977 and grew into the largest minority-owned firm in the industry in New England. He was also President and CEO of Classical Foods, Inc., a position he held from 1990 until 1998 when he sold his business to serve full-time as pastor.
Previously, John worked as a firefighter for the Salem Fire Department for three years and as an iron worker for McGarrahan Steel Erection for seven years. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years.
John is a graduate of Fisher Junior College and Gordon-Conwell—Boston, where he received a Master of Religious Education degree in 1990. He received his Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell in 2001. John also completed the Boston Iron Workers Apprenticeship Program and the Tuck Minority Business Executive Program.
He has served as President of the Greater Boston Deacons Union and the Black Corporate Presidents of New England, on the Board of Advisors at Gordon-Conwell—Boston, and on the Governor’s Commission for Minority Business Development. John became a member of the Board of Trustees at Gordon-Conwell in 1997.
John and his wife, Bertha, live in Polk City, FL. They have two daughters and a son. John enjoys camping with a recreational vehicle.
William C. Wood :: Top
William Wood, a surgeon, is the Joseph Brown Whitehead Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine, a position he took in 1991. He was previously Chief of Surgical Oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, teaching surgery at Harvard Medical School as an Associate Professor. He joined the Gordon-Conwell Board of Trustees in 1975.
Bill serves as Editor-in-Chief of Oncology, the nation’s most widely read cancer journal, and edits the Oxford Textbook of Surgery with Sir Peter Morris. Bill chairs the National Cancer Institute Breast Cancer Intergroup Committee and serves on the NCI Board of Scientific Advisors. He also co-chairs the Early Breast Cancer Trialists Collaborative Group of Oxford, England. He is Past President of the Society of Surgical Oncology and of the Georgia Surgical Society, serves as a Governor of the American College of Surgeons, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Bill is a graduate of Wheaton College (1962) and Harvard Medical School (1966). He and his wife, Judy, the 1978 winner of the Massachusetts Young Mother of the Year Award, live in Atlanta, Georgia, and worship at Christ Church of Atlanta (Anglican). They have three children, and one grandchild. Their older daughter is also a physician.