Pierce Team

Pictured from left to right: Steve Macchia, Lois Pierce, Dennis Hollinger


Stephen A. Macchia - Director

The Rev. Dr. Stephen A. Macchia serves as the Director of the Pierce Center, overseeing the Center's initiatives on all of our campuses. His office is located in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Dr. Macchia also serves as Founding President of Leadership Transformations, Inc., a ministry devoted to developing leadership in church and parachurch ministry settings with a strong emphasis on the spiritual formation of leaders and teams. Dr. Macchia is also the creator of The CHAT Survey for churches and he teaches in the Doctor of Ministry department in the “Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders” track He received both his M.Div. and D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell, where he also received a distinguished alumni award in 2000. He previously served on the pastoral staff at Grace Chapel (Lexington, MA) and as President of Vision New England and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Evangelicals. He is the author of five books, including Becoming A Healthy Church (Baker Books, 1999), Becoming A Healthy Disciple (Baker Books, 2004), Becoming A Healthy Team (Baker Books, 2005) and Crafting a Rule of Life (IVP, 2012). Dr. Macchia and his wife Ruth live in Lexington, Massachusetts, with their two children, Nathan and Rebekah.

Joellen Maurer - Assistant Director

Joellen is the Assistant Director of The Pierce Center for Disciple-Building at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She has a bachelor’s degree from Milligan College and a M.A. in Ministry, with an emphasis on spiritual formation, from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Her ministry background includes serving as Dean of Women at Cincinnati Christian University, Director of Women’s Ministries and Director of Spiritual Growth at Christ Church in Lake Forest, IL, and Director of Servant Leadership at Sterling College. Joellen and her husband, Paul, are the proud parents of four children; Jon, Elizabeth, Daniel and Sarah. A Midwesterner by birth, her family recently relocated to the North Shore of Boston.

Susan Currie - Associate for Spiritual Formation

Susan Currie serves as the Associate for Spiritual Formation at the Pierce Center on Gordon-Conwell's Hamilton campus. She also oversees Selah, Leadership Transformations' Certificate Program in Spiritual Direction. Susan engages in additional spiritual formation ministries, particularly retreat leadership and spirtual companionship, with individuals, local churches, and wider church and parachurch bodies. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Gordon-Conwell (Master of Arts and Theological Studies), and the certificate program of Christian Formation and Direction Ministries - Northwest. Susan and her husband, Dave, live in Hamilton, Massachusetts, and are graced with three children: Catherine, Roy and Elspeth.


Thomas Griffith - Coordinator of the Boston Campus

The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Griffith serves as the Director of the Pierce Fellowship at Gordon-Conwell's Boston Campus (CUME). He is also the senior pastor at River of Life Church in the Jamaica Plain portion of Boston, where he has served for 27 years. In addition to his pastoral work, Tom is one of the leaders of the prayer movement in Greater Boston, and facilitates Prayer Summits throughout the region. After earning his bachelor's degree from the University of Florida, Tom received both his M.Div. and D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell. He and his wife live in Boston and have four children: Daniel, Deborah, Peter and Timothy.



Shari Adams - Coordinator of the Charlotte Campus

Shari Adams serves as the Director of the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building at Gordon-Conwell's Charlotte campus. Her work encompasses several areas of engaging students in spiritual direction including soul care groups, retreats, and integrating spiritual theology with counseling. Shari's degrees are from Wheaton College, Azusa Pacific University and a certificate in Spiritual Direction from Loyola Marymount University. She is also a licensed counselor and a Pastoral Care Specialist. Shari and her husband, Lon, live near Charlotte and enjoy friendship with their three adult children."