The Harold John Ockenga Institute

You do not need to be a full-time seminary student to utilize the educational resources of a seminary. The Harold John Ockenga Institute serves as a bridge for all types of students to the rich educational opportunities of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Through its various initiatives, the Ockenga Institute is expanding the ministry of the seminary beyond its walls and around the globe.

Consistent with the central vision of Dr. Harold John Ockenga, a founder and the first president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, the Harold John Ockenga Institute exists to equip the Church for renewal, global outreach and cultural transformation by extending the vision and capabilities of Gordon-Conwell through multi-faceted educational resources.

Pronunciation: The word "Ockenga" is pronounced "Ock - in - gay" and is the last name of the founding president of Gordon-Conwell, Dr. Harold John Ockenga.

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Ockenga Institute Resources

Shoemaker Center for Church Renewal - Challenging minds and hearts. The Shoemaker Center for Church Renewal makes available educational resources of Gordon-Conwell and the larger evangelical community for pastors, lay leaders and churches for the purpose of encouraging personal and corporate renewal. These resources are offered in a variety of ways, including conferences, sabbaticals, distance education, curriculum and audio recordings.


The Haddon W. Robinson Center for Preaching - Powerful truth must be communicated powerfully. The Center for Preaching endeavors to equip men and women with preaching skills for communication to a world in desperate need of biblical truth. A team of preachers is utilized to teach these skills through various means including sermon evaluations, an audio journal and a biennial preaching conference.


Mockler Center for Faith and Ethics in the Workplace - Ministry for daily life. The Mockler Center for Faith and Ethics in the Workplace equips the Church and its members to bring the work of Christ into the activities of daily life, especially life in the workplace. Through education, direct ministry and research, the center brings the resources of biblical interpretation, Christian theology, Christian ethics and practical ministry into the working world.


J Christy Wilson Jr. Center for World Missions - Global mission, global vision. The J Christy Wilson, Jr. Center for World Missions exists to assist the local church in fulfilling its global mission by fostering a global vision among the Gordon-Conwell community, equipping leaders in the global Church and serving as a bridge between the seminary and the world.


Center for the Study of Global Christianity - Christianity from a global perspective. The mission of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity is to collate, analyze and make sense of the massive amount of data on Christianiy and its evangelistic activities collected by 41,000 Christian denominations in 232 countries. Combining this with other relevant data, the center provides an authoritative view of global Christianity available to various constituents for research and strategic planning.


Compass Youth Program - Immersed for 1 month. Mentored for 3 years. Changed for Life. Compass is a Christian leadership development program for high school students.  Selected students participate in an unforgettable one-month immersion and an ongoing three-year mentoring componenet.  Now in its tenth year, nearly 300 students from more than 200 churches in 27 states have participated in the program.


Alumni Services - Serving You as you serve others.
The Alumni Services office supports Gordon-Conwell graduates by providing access to seminary news and resources including GCTS-sponsored events, audio ministry tools, the alumni website, a monthly e-newsletter and by contributing alumni news and information to Gordon-Conwell's magazine, Contact.


Ockenga Institute Ministry Resources - Audio and print resources for personal enrichment and growth. The Ockenga Institute provides audio resources for life and ministry through the Ockenga Institute Audio Ministry ranging from seminar and conference recordings, non-credit Semlink courses and all other Ockenga audio resources.  Other print resources are also available through the Institute for personal enrichment and growth.

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The Harold John Ockenga Institute is based at the Hamilton, MA campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. The majority of the Institute's offices are located on the third floor of the Academic Center. Feel free to stop by the office and visit anytime!

Contact Information

Ockenga Institute
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
130 Essex Street, S. Hamilton, MA 01982
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Dr. Harold John Ockenga

For nearly half a century, Harold John Ockenga’s name was virtually synonymous with that of evangelicalism as he voiced its concerns and convictions and provided leadership for nearly every one of its institutions: serving as founder and first president of the National Association of Evangelicals for United Action; as president of the American Board of the World Evangelical Fellowship; as president, co-founder and later Chairman of the Board of Fuller Theological Seminary; as Chairman of the Board of Christianity Today; as a director of the Christian Freedom Foundation; as a member of the board of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; as editor of the Evangelical Book Club; as chair of the National Association of Evangelicals’ International Commission; and as the founding president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

In addition to these tasks, he found time to write some fifteen books and scores of articles, to produce over one hundred archival boxes of letters, journals, date books, and memorabilia, to produce nearly three thousand manuscript sermons and addresses and to leave a legacy of active ministry around the world. (written by Dr. Garth Rosell)

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