Past Events

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.

Spring Missions Open House: Europe Night

Friday, April 10, 2015  |  7 - 9 pm  |  Wilson House

What’s better than a backpacking trip through Europe? Let our Gordon-Conwell Europeans bring you on the journey through their homelands…and they may surprise you with some goodies and a cup of English tea, or an Italian espresso on the way.

Don’t miss the train when it takes off from the Wilson House!

See photos of the event here!
The Wilson House is located on campus by the Bridge Street exit. Click here for a campus map.
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. 

Overseas Missions Practicum Commissioning Chapel

Wednesday, April 15, 2015  |  11:10 am - 12 pm  |  Kaiser Chapel


We will be sending off TWELVE of our own fellow seminarians to China, South Africa, Burma, and Nepal.  Come and hear the Overseas Missions Practicum teams share about their upcoming trips and send them off with our prayers and blessings.  A free-will donation will be taken at the end of the service.


Dinner of the Nations

Saturday, March 14, 2015  |  5-7pm  |  Alumni Hall 

A campus-wide potluck and a microcosm of the heavenly celebration of our community – we want to see every nation represented. This is a time to celebrate the cultural diversity in our community and the work God is doing around the world!

  • Special performance by African children
  • Dress in cultural costumes - Optional
  • Potluck dinner - bring food that represents any cuisine or part of the world if you can
  • Enjoy a time of corporate worship and fellowship
  • Country table displays and children activities

RSVP Deadline: February 28th

Additional Information and Signup Help - Click Here
See photos here!

Spring Missions Open House: Africa Night

Friday, March 6, 2015  |  7 - 9 pm  |  Wilson House

Join Gordon-Conwell’s African community in a night of unity, encouragement and fellowship!  A chance to learn the distinctive music from different regions of Africa and dance to the beat.  Our African brothers and sisters will show us the vast multicultural beauty of Africa, share their hospitality and the burdens of their hearts.  Come and be blessed, and take this unique opportunity to bless our African families together!

Next Open House: Europe Night, Friday, April 10.


The Wilson House is located on campus by the Bridge Street exit. Click here for a campus map.
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.

Life in Missions Lunch Conversations 2015

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, February 5, 2015 | 12:15pm with Brian Hoffman
  • Thursday, February 12, 2015  |  12:15pm with Sean McDonough

Dr. McDonough is one of our own New Testament professor here at Hamilton. Before coming to Gordon-Conwell, Dr. McDonough taught at Pacific Theological College in Suva, Fiji, where he served as the Chair of the Biblical Studies Department and as a lecturer in New Testament. Come find out what he learned about teaching overseas, and get to know him outside the classroom.

  • Thursday, February 26, 2015  |  12:00pm with Steve Wibberley
Steve Wibberley serves as Life Coach with Christar.  He has lived as a teacher in Siberia, a tentmaker in the Middle East, and studied with Francis Schaeffer in Switzerland.  Many has enjoyed chatting with Steve about life, spiritual growth and challenges as overseas workers.
  • Thursday, March 5, 2015  |  12:00pm with David Ro, Director of Wilson Center for World Missions, and International Deputy Director, Lausanne East Asia

David received the call to missions to China.  He transitioned out of a pastoral ministry in Boston and served in China for 9 years.  David joined OMF, launched a multi-national team in Beijing, and involved in several church planting and young leadership development initiatives.  David also became a major networker and mobilizer in China for the Lausanne World Congress of Cape Town 2010 bringing 200+ leaders together for a unity movement in world missions.  After Cape Town 2010, God closed the door to China and placed David in the current leadership position at Gordon-Conwell.  David will be sharing his experience following God’s calling.  Bring your questions and curiosity about missions and God’s specific calling to missions, and expect a candid and open discussion at the table.

  • Thursday, April 9, 2015  |  12:00pm with Tom & Donna Petter, Associate Professors of Old Testament
Drs Donna and Tom Petter served together in Youth With A Mission for eight years.  Dr. Donna Petter did short-term mission work in the Philippines, Thailand and Hong Kong.  Dr. Tom Petter's travels took him to East Africa (Tanzania and Kenya) and various parts of Western Europe.  Together they established the first French-Speaking School of Biblical of Studies (SBS) in Togo, West Africa.  They also pioneered the SBS in Honolulu, Hawaii. Their last assignment before coming to GCTS as students in 1993 was the oversight of the SBS in Kona, Hawaii (University of the Nations' main campus).  They continue to be actively involved via teaching engagements and collaborative work with the School of Biblical Studies which is now offered in over 60 locations worldwide within the umbrella of the University of the Nations.  They will be sharing: “Once a missionary always a missionary

Reaching the Cities around the Globe:
Missions Chapel & Lunch Forums 2014-2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Speaker: Scott Bessenecker, Associate Director of Missions, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Speaker bio: Each year Scott Bessenecker helps to mobilize thousands of students to high crime, high poverty neighborhoods in the US and to dozens of nations. He is author of various books including his new release "Overturning Tables: Freeing Missions from the Christian-Industrial Complex".

  • Chapel Keynote  |  11:10am – 12pm  |  Kaiser Chapel
Freeing Missions from the Christian Industrial Complex
The world has moved to the cities and the marginalized have moved into slums. Meanwhile the urban church operates best for the middle class and rich and the Christian non-profit world focuses on rural poverty.  The industrial complex surrounding our churches and our mission agencies have operated under the paradigm of a capitalist corporation, providing a narrow lens with which to understand and execute Christian mission and leaving slums virtually untouched by the gospel. Are there other paradigms that might allow us to look at missions within our cities with new eyes and uncover solutions to the unique problems of urban poverty?
  • Lunch Forum  |  12:15 – 1:30pm  |  Alumni Hall 
From Convert to Cosmos and from Growth to Flourishing
An exclusive focus on evangelism and church planting as well as an obsession with church or ministry growth will be short-sighted without an appreciation for Christ’s cosmic mission and desire for human flourishing. How might the Church embrace a broader definition of mission and are there better metrics with which to measure our efforts than the simple metrics of growth?
Pizza lunch is provided. Students on the meal plan should bring their food from the dining hall.

Spring Missions Open House

Thursday, February 5, 2015  |  7 - 9 pm  |  Wilson House

Korea Night
Korea is so much more than just kimchi!

Join us as Gordon-Conwell’s very own Korean community shares with you their fellowship!  Come and find out about their distinct culture, history, and of course delicious Korean food! 

See photos here!




Fall Missions Open House

Friday, November 21, 2014  |  7 - 9:00 pm  |  Wilson House

Have you ever wanted to experience Japanese culture firsthand?

Join us as Gordon-Conwell’s very own Japanese community shares with you their fellowship! They will prepare some delicious Japanese food, give fun cultural lessons, and even a presentation of some comical differences between Japanese and American culture.

Overseas Missions Practicum Application Deadline

Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 

Gordon-Conwell students: If you are still interested in participating in an Overseas Mission Practicum for the summer of 2015, get your application in by January 20, 2015. More information on trips and application can be found here. We are offering for course credits in the summer of 2015.


Missions Chapel & Lunch Forum 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Dr. Russell Jeung: Christian Interactions with Urban Culture and Social Justice

  • Chapel Keynote  |  11:10am – 12pm  |  Kaiser Chapel
  • Lunch Forum  |  12:15 – 1:30pm  |  Alumni Hall

Dr. Russell Jeung, is Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. A sociologist, author, and faith-based community organizer across ethnic groups, Dr. Jeung has ministered in a low-income neighborhood of East Oakland with his church, New Hope Covenant Church, for the past twenty-two years. 

Dr. Jeung has authored Sustaining Faith Traditions: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion among the Latino and Asian American Second Generation (NYU Press, 2012); and Faithful Generations: Race and New Asian American Churches (Rutgers University Press, 2005).  He also produced the video documentary, The Oak Park Story (2010) based on his community organizing efforts with Cambodian and Latino neighbors to win a landmark housing settlement.


Missions Emphasis Week: Reaching the Cities around the Globe

Tuesday to Thursday, October 7 - 9, 2014

Daily Chapel Services and Lunch Forums from 11:10am to 1:40pm.

  • Wednesday Afternoon and Dinner Workshops (various sessions open during 3-5pm, and 5-7pm). 
  • Missions Fair throughout the week from various global mission organizations.
  • Click here for dinner workshop registration, detail schedule and directions.



Chapel and Lunch Forum Speakers:

  • David Ro, Director of J Christy Wilson Jr. Center for World Missions, spent over nine years working with urban professionals in Beijing, China, to reach the intellectuals and students.  David is also the International Deputy Director - East Asia, of Lausanne Movement and works closely with the emerging church networks in East Asia.
  • Alan Platt, Leader & Founder of Doxa Deo, a city reaching model serving 30,000 people in ten campuses across Pretoria, South Africa.  Through Doxa Deo’s City Changes Movement and Institute, people are trained to integrate kingdom initiatives with different spheres of society.
  • Mac Pier, Founder & CEO of the New York City Leadership Center, dedicated to help urban leaders to create collaborative partnerships, and develop Gospel Movements in their cities.  Mac is also Founder of Concert of Prayer Greater New York, one of the most developed urban prayer and pastoral networks.

From Generation to Generation: Faithful to the Call

Exhibition of 19th-century Missionaries and Martyrs in China | September 25 - October 5, 2014

Gordon-Conwell, South Hamilton campus will be exhibiting over 250 pieces of historical writings and photos from the following collections:
  • Martyrs of the Boxer Incident by CCM and OMF

  • History of Robert Morrison and Missions in China by Cosmic Light

You are cordially invited to the From Generation to Generation: Faithful to the Call mission history exhibition hosted on our South Hamilton campus from September 25th through October 5th.  This is a tremendous opportunity to bring our focus on God’s calling for His church to persevere, and to continue His mission in today’s complicated and challenging world that is suffering from various political, religious, ethnic and social persecutions.
Visitors are encouraged to share their reflections and comments about the exhibition tour.  Let us hear from you on our Missions Blog. Thank you for your participation.
Click here for more details on exhibition, locations and tour hours.



Friday, September 19, 2014 - Who's Who Missions Dessert Night

Friday, September 19, 2014 | 6:30-8:00pm | Alumni Hall
Come with your family for a treat of ice cream, brownies, cookies, and a time of fellowship!
Start your semester knowing who will journey with you in your search for God's mission, resources available on campus for your passion, and be informed and inspired by others who have traveled further along the way.

Tuesday, April 11, 2014 - Spring Mission Open House

Tuesday, April 11, 2014 | 7-9:00 m | Kaiser Chapel
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.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - Overseas Missions Practicum (OMP) Commissioning 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!

People on the Move: Missions Lunch Forums 2013-2014

Selected Dates | 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.



Life in Missions Lunch Conversations 2014

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
  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014  | 12pm with David Gould
  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014  | 12:15pm with Pat Krayer
  • Tuesday, November 18, 2014  |  12:15pm with Rob Antonucci

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!

For more information, please contact the Wilson Center for World Missions.


J. Christy Wilson, Jr. Center for World Missions