The J Christy Wilson Jr. Center for World Missions offers a variety of events, including chapels, lunch forums, open house venues and lectures, which focus on various geographical areas, major religions, and types of global ministry opportunities. Throughout the year, we also host international guests, sponsor cross-cultural and service-learning experiences and have the opportunity to engage on a variety of topics related to the global mission of the church.

Following our annual Missions Emphasis Week in fall 2013, we will continue to expound on the 2013 - 2014 theme: People on the Move and will take you through a series of Missions Lunch Forums for a detail look of Christian diaspora influences around the globe. Click for current list. Hope you will come join us!

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Upcoming Events

Spring Mission Open House

Friday, April 11, 2014 | 7 - 9:00 pm | Wilson House

Don't miss this last Wilson Center Open House at Doug and Jeanie Birdsall's home in Spring 2014!

Our guest Sam is an alumnus of Gordon-Conwell who has spent 20 years working in China and North Korea. Sam will be sharing his work and current spiritual needs in North Korea. 


DIRECTION & PARKING: Click here for a campus map. 

The Wilson House is located on campus by the Bridge Street exit.  Parking is available:

  • along the RIGHT side of John Harold Ockenga Lane in front of the Wilson House,
  • in the drive way by the side of the Wilson House, and
  • also in the lot by the Pump House on the left side before the campus exit. 

Please note that John Harold Ockenga Lane is one-way only after the entrance/exit road to the E & F apartment building complex. You may be able to find guest parking spaces in the AJ Gordon Court but numbered parking spaces are reserved for apartment resident parking only. We encourage car-pooling if you can.


Overseas Missions Practicum (OMP) Commissing Chapel

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 | 11:10 am | Kaiser Chapel

Please join us for a special commissioning service to send off our 2014 OMP teams with prayers and blessings.  The teams will share about their upcoming mission trips.  A free-will offering will be taken at the end of the chapel to support these students.  We hope you will set aside this time to come and encourage them!


Life in Missions Lunch Conversation

Selected Dates | Lunch Hour | Pierce Great Hall

Beginning this spring semester, the Wilson Center will be hosting casual lunch conversations with special guests and faculty who have traveled and worked extensively in a cross-cultural setting. Grab your lunch, look for our table sign in the Pierce Great Hall, sit down and join us. Come and go as you need.

  • Thursday, April 3, 12pm with Dr. Paul Martindale
  • Thursday, April 17, 12pm with Mike and Joann Sheltons


Prayer for the Nations

Every Weekday | 1:00 - 1:20 p.m | Wilson Prayer Chapel

20 Minutes Each Day, One Nation a Time

Come as you are and join our student leaders praying for God's work to be done on earth. Click on the image or title for the Spring 2014 Prayer Schedule and links to country information. The Wilson Prayer Chapel is next to the Pierce Great Hall in the Kerr Building.


People on the Move: Missions Lunch Forums 2013-2014

Selected Dates Below | 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m | Alumni Hall

Join us for the Fall and Spring semesters as we continue exploring the topic of "People on the Move," the theme from our 2013 Missions Emphasis Week. Click on the titles of events below for more specific information about each forum.


Thursday, November 7, 2013 - African Pentecostal Churches in Italy

Half of all migrants today are Christians. Many African Christians are migrating to Europe. In Italy alone, there are over 1,000 African Pentecostal churches. Come and hear from Harvard research fellow Dr. Annalisa Butticci how the religious landscape of Italy is impacted by migration.

Speaker: Dr. Annalisa Buttici
Date: November 7, 2013
Time: 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Alumni Hall

Dr. Annalisa Butticci  is a Marie Curie fellow at Harvard Divinity School and Integon, Utrecht University, the Netherlands.  Her main areas of interest include Charismatic Christianity, Visual and Material Culture of Religion, African Diasporas, Gender, and Multimedia Research Methods. She is currently working on her book project on Nigerian and Ghanaian Pentecostalism in Italy and on her research and film project on Deliverance and Healing in Post-Colonial Africa, with a special focus on Nigeria.  On these topics she has published several articles, co-authored a book (with Enzo Pace) on Pentecostal Religions in Italy, and co-directed a film (with Andrew Esiebo) entitled “Enlarging the Kingdom: African Pentecostals in Italy”.

Typically, pizza lunch is provided unless otherwise noted for those who are not on the student meal plan. RSVP is required for pizza lunch to so we may plan accordingly!

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - Westernization of Islam, or Islamization of the West?

We will be taking a detail look at the dynamics of religious and cultural interactions of the diaspora Muslims in the west. Come join us!

Speaker: Dr. Paul Martindale
Date: November 21, 2013
Time: 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Alumni Hall

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - The Church and Immigration Reform

Speaker: Rev. Sam Rodriguez
Date: February 4, 2014
Time: 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Alumni Hall

More information to come!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - Nigerian Diaspora in Church Planting Movement

Are you aware of the Nigerian mega-church plants in cities like London, New York, Los Angeles, Kiev, etc.?  Missionary Unchenna will share with us how Evangelical and Pentecostal Nigerian Diasporas are contributing to global missions and church planting beyond the Nigerian frontiers.

Speaker: Mr. Uchenna Anyanwu
Date: February 26, 2014
Time: 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Alumni Hall

Uchenna D. Anyanwu comes from Nigeria and has served in cross-cultural context in Senegal and North Africa for 13 years. He was involved in cross-cultural church planting in North Africa before coming to study at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in World Missions and Evangelism (Islamic Studies) degrees. Uchenna is fluent in both Arabic and French in addition to his mother tongue, Igbo; but he 'dreams' in English.  He works at the Center for the Study of Global Christianity as a Research Assistant under Dr. Todd M. Johnson. Uchenna and his wife, Dolapo, have two teenage sons..

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - Global Pentecostalism

Speaker: Dr. Todd Johnson
Date: March 11, 2014
Time: 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Alumni Hall

More information to come!

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - A Chinese Diaspora's Faith Journey

Speaker: CL
Date: March 13, 2014
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Alumni Hall

Wilson Center Chinese KidsNominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize and the founder of AGA, a ministry dedicated to restoring life, value, and dignity to girls and mothers.  She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Master in Public Affairs at Princeton University, and a BA in Psychology from Beijing University.

CL‘s memoir, A Heart for Freedom, details her journey to freedom and how she found ultimate freedom in Christ. CL and her husband, Bob, are blessed with three beautiful daughters.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - Ministry among the Generations: Lessons from Korea

Speaker: Dr. Peter Cha
Date: March 26, 2014
Time: 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Alumni Hall

More information to come!

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Resources from Past Events

Missions Emphasis Week

People on the Move: Missions and Diaspora

October 8-10, 2013

Never have so many people lived in transition. National political and tribal unrest, religious persecutions, economic and educational disparities, even natural disasters have forced thousands and even millions to leave their homeland. How does the global migration of so many people impact the mission of the church? What are the challenges and opportunities of serving these People on the Move?


evangometer by geez magazine"Who is an Evangelical?"

April 16, 2013

Who is an Evangelical, and by what definition? How many are there in the United States, and what does it mean for the movement to be truly global? Gina Bellofatto, a research associate at the Center for the Study of Global Christianity will lead a discussion of the history, theology, and current status of Evangelicalism worldwide. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity.

human traffickingUnavoidable Global Realities: Human Trafficking

April 4, 2013

Sarah Durfey, Director of the Abolitionist Network in Boston, is dedicated to raising awareness about the millions who are enslaved and exploited around the world today. Come find out how you can be part of the effort to end slavery.


Hand holding barbed wireUnavoidable Global Realities: Refugees

March 14, 2013

Rev. Nicholas Granitsas will share about his experience serving among the refugee and immigrant community in nearby Revere, Massachusetts.  He provides practical tips for addressing this global reality on a local and personal level.


Unavoidable Global Realities: Creation Care

February 27, 2013

Dr. Matthew Sleeth, a former emergency room physician who founded the non-profit Blessed Earth with his wife, will challenge us to consider our role as stewards of the creation that our Father has entrusted to us.

Unavoidable Global Realities: Martyrs

February 14, 2013

Dr. Todd Johnson, Associate Professor of Global Christianity and Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell, presented current statistics about martyrdom in the global church.


Unavoidable Global Realities: Islam

November 5, 2012

Joseph Cumming, Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture's Reconciliation Program (Yale University Divinity School) shared about his work in promoting Muslim-Christian dialogue and restoration worldwide.


Indian SlumsUnavoidable Global Realities: Poverty

November 9, 2012

Dr. Ash Barker of Urban Neighbors of Hope discussed of poverty and the significant global issue of those living in slums. Dr. Barker lives with his family in the slums of Bangkok, Thailand.


Globe Missions Conference 2012

October 2-5, 2012
Gordon-Conwell Campus

Videos highlighting conference sessions with keynote speakers Paul Borthwick and David Choi who discuss some of the unavoidable global realities facing the church.

Dr. Miroslav Volf
"Allah: A Christian Response" with Miroslav Volf

Click here to see video from Dr. Volf's presentations at Gordon-Conwell in November 2011 regarding his book, Allah: A Christian Response.



Global Impact Conference Global Impact Conference

Videos, pictures, and more are showcased on this page highlighting some of the speakers and events from Gordon-Conwell's annual missions conference.


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