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.
Trish Trewern – Administrative Assistant
Trish assists with the day to day operations of the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Her ministry background includes serving as AG District Women’s Ministries Director in North Texas. She has also served in various roles at Southwestern Assemblies of God University including as an admissions counselor, projects planning coordinator, and assistant chaplain. She played an active discipleship/mentoring role on campus with young women. Trish is a licensed minister frequently invited to speak at churches and women’s conferences. She has ministered in 8 different countries. Trish and her husband Jay have recently completed a short-term assignment as interim co-pastors of the International Christian Fellowship Church in Rome, Italy. TheTrewerns live on Boston’s North Shore and have two married sons, also serving in ministry with their families.
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."