The Board of Trustees (pictured above in the Alumni Hall in Hamilton, MA) are stewards; stewards of the physical resources, stewards of the intellectual climate, stewards of human relationships, and stewards of spiritual resources of Gordon-Conwell Theologial Seminary. We are blessed to have men and women committed to the mission of the seminary. Their names and brief biographies are below.
Joel Aarsvold, is currently retired after serving 47 years (1967-2014) with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He served as the Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary during most of those years. Joel worked with the public accounting firm of Peat, Marwick and Mitchell in Minneapolis from 1962-1966.
Joel has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1970 and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He and his wife, Dawn, were married in 1963. They have lived in St. Louis Park, Minnesota since 1966. They have two married daughters and four grandchildren. Joel enjoys most sports, reading and family times. He has served as a Gordon-Conwell trustee since 1990.
Joel and Dawn have been members of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, an inner-city church in Minneapolis, since 1967. Joel has served in various leadership positions most of those years.
Ranked among the 75 most influential persons by Charlotte magazine, Bishop Claude Richard Alexander Jr. challenges his audiences—including congregations at three church campuses as well as television and Web viewers—to change their world by living out their faith.
Serving as senior pastor of The Park Ministries (formerly University Park Baptist Church) since 1990, Bishop Alexander has overseen the rapid growth of the 96-year-old congregation from fewer than 500 members to over 8,000. Whether behind the pulpit, inside the boardroom or through civic leadership, Bishop Alexander brings a dynamic energy and passion for transforming lives to his unique ministry. He currently serves as the co-chair of the Community Building Initiative for the Foundation for the Carolinas, and on the Board of Directors of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.
Bishop Alexander was born in Waterloo, Iowa and reared in Jackson, Miss. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College, a master of divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a doctorate of ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Bishop Alexander and his wife Minister Kimberly Nash Alexander have two daughters, Camryn René and Carsyn Richelle.
Patti Arey currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Gordon-Conwell—Jacksonville Board of Advisors. She teaches a weekly Bible Study at Christ Episcopal Church, trains volunteers for Lay Pastoral Care ministry and facilitates grief groups.
She has a degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Christian Education and served for six years at her alma mater as the Director of Alumni and Parent Relations. She graduated from GCTS-Jacksonville with a M.Div. in 2016. Patti and her husband Todd, were married in 1994. They have one son, Cutter, a student at the University of Miami. She enjoys the beach, snow skiing, time with family and listening to music (especially Cutter’s classical compositions). Her favorite past times are volunteering for Gordon-Conwell—Jacksonville and teaching.
A native of New England, Dr. Diana Curren Bennett has worked with local church small group ministries for many years. She started a Community Bible Study chapter while teaching and forming new groups for 13 years. She was Director of Small Groups at two churches and served for several years as Minister of Small Groups at Park Street Church (Boston, MA) followed by directing Small Group Ministries for Vision New England. She served Leadership Transformation, Inc. for more than 14 years, developing spiritual formation programs. She is a spiritual director and serves on the Advisory Board at Boston Trinity Academy.
Diana received a Bachelor of Science from Colby-Sawyer and certification in medical technology from Yale Medical School. Diana earned her Master of Arts in Theological Studies (’96) and Doctor of Ministry (’06) from Gordon-Conwell, and received a certificate in Spiritual Direction from New Way Ministries (’06) and a certificate of Spiritual Direction from LTI’s Selah program (’12). Diana is a licensed minister with Conservative Congregational Christian Conference (CCCC) and has published a book on “Renewing Your Church through Healthy Small Groups”.
Diana lives with her husband, Peter, in Hingham, MA, and attends Park Street Church. They have three married children and 10 grandchildren.
Garth T. Bolinder was born in Englewood, New Jersey, on January 19, 1949. He graduated from Wheaton College in 1971, and attended Gordon-Conwell for two years before transferring to North Park Seminary, where he completed his Master of Divinity degree. He earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell in 1999.
Dr. Bolinder was ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church in 1976 and has pastored churches in that denomination in Illinois, Michigan, Connecticut, California and Kansas. In 2000, he was installed as the founding superintendent of the Midsouth Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church. The purpose of this conference is to plant, nourish, and network vital churches in the five-state region of Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and New Mexico.
Dr. Bolinder is on the board of Bible Study Fellowship. He has been married to his wife, Dixie, for 34 years and has two adult daughters and four grandchildren.
R. Bruce Bradley is the former president of Landmark Publishing Group and Executive Vice President for Landmark Media Enterprises, LLC. He has also served as president and publisher of the Virginian-Pilot, and has held a variety of marketing or advertising leadership positions with newspapers in North Carolina and Virginia. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Villanova University, served as Ltjg in the U.S. Navy and received an MBA from Old Dominion University in 1978.
Mr. Bradley has been president of numerous professional organizations and chairman of service organizations such as Family & Children’s Services, Kids Voting Virginia, YMCA, United Way and the National Maritime Center. He is currently a Session member at Kings Grant Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach, VA. He resides with his wife, Lilly, in Virginia Beach. They have two adult children.
Dr. Aliya Browne is a board-certified clinical cardiologist who specializes in integrative cardiology at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital in Oak Bluffs, MA. She received her bachelor’s degree from Temple University and attended New York College of Osteopathic Medicine /New York Institute of Technology, receiving her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a fellowship graduate of University of Arizona in integrative medicine. A licensed minister, graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary with her Master of Divinity, she serves at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, New Jersey, and Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts. She is passionate about caring for the total person, integrating Eastern, Western and Spiritual practices into one practical prescription for whole body health.
Dr. Browne is a sought-after lecturer and speaker on women and heart disease, and has been featured in newspaper, magazine articles, and radio programs discussing Heart Disease and Women. She is the author of Meditating on God’s Word, published July 2017. One of her life’s passions is the development of spiritual formation and spiritual practices in others. This book seeks to help others to learn how to decompress and grow stronger in their relationship with God through meditation. She teaches and leads guided meditations classes throughout the year using scripture. She has a CD entitled Meditations from God for your heart, which pairs music with guided mediations. Her latest production, RIPE, a collection of guided mediations on the fruit of the spirit continues her teaching on meditation for spiritual fitness.
Dr. Browne is happily married to her college sweetheart, Reginald Browne, and is mother to college aged twins, Alex and Myles and a teenage son, Jabril. She lives by the scripture ‘When someone has been given much. Much will be required in return,’ (Luke 12:48). She dedicates her medical career to her grandmother who died suddenly from heart disease when she was thirteen. This had a dramatic impact on her life and has guided her in her specialty path.
Rev. Dr. Soon Chung is the senior pastor and co-founder of University Presbyterian Church, which he and his wife founded in 1991 with the intent to minister to the UCLA campus and its surrounding community. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA in Political Science, his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Doctorate in Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is also the Presbyterian Chaplain to UCLA and has served as the Chaplain since 1989. He is a bi-vocational pastor who specializes in stocks, real estate, and managing for-profit schools.
Soon is zealous about sharing the gospel, building connections with people, impacting lives, investing in community, and missions. He and his wife currently reside in Santa Monica, CA and have four children: Faith, Grace, John, and James. In his spare time, he loves to spend time with his family, play basketball, travel, and eat.
Bob Doll is Chief Equity Strategist and Senior Portfolio Manager at Nuveen Asset Management. Bob manages the Large Cap Equity Series and is Co-Manager of the Stable Growth strategy.
Prior to joining Nuveen Asset Management in 2012, Bob held similar roles at other large asset management firms, including serving as Chief Equity Strategist at Blackrock, President and Chief Investment Officer of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (MLIM) and Chief Investment Officer of OppenheimerFunds, Inc. He has 33 years of portfolio management experience, received a B.S. in Accounting and a B.A. in Economics from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst. Bob appears regularly on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and Fox Business News discussing the economy and markets.
Bob and his wife Leslie live in Princeton, New Jersey and have three children. He is also choir director at his local church and holds leadership positions in the NYC Movement Project and in the Global Executive Leadership Forum within the Lausanne Movement. Bob serves on a number of boards including the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Word of Life Fellowship, New Canaan Society Advisory Board, National Christian Foundation, Kingdom Advisors, Cairn University and the Wharton Graduate Executive Board.
Stan Gaede is President of the Christian College Consortium, having previously served as president of Westmont College from 2001-2006 and provost from 1996-2001. He began his scholarly career at Gordon College in 1974 and served as a professor of sociology from 1974-1996. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Westmont College in 1969; a Masters in Arts degree from California State University, Northridge in 1971; and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1974.
Stan and his wife Judy Lynn Gaede married on August 10, 1968. She is currently serving as Assistant to the President, Christian College Consortium, having previously served as Registrar and Assistant to the Dean at Gordon College. They have three children: Heather Gaede Regoli; married to Mark Regoli; mother of two of the cutest boys in the history of the world; attorney in Palo Alto, CA. Nathaniel T. S. Gaede; married to Idonia Schermerhorn Gaede; attorney in Boston, MA. And Kirsten Gaede Van Mourick; married to Topher Van Mourick; artist and mother of two even cuter boys (assuming history allows such a thing).
Stan joined Gordon-Conwell’s board in 2010.
Joyce Godwin pursued an early retirement in 1993 following a 25-year career in health care management. For 21 years, she was a senior officer of Presbyterian Healthcare Services (PHS). Following retirement, she served as a Board member of PHS, a $3B integrated non-profit healthcare corporation.
As a volunteer, Joyce has chaired the boards of ASI (Air Serv International), ECFA (Evangelical Council on Financial Accountability), ISI (International Students, Inc.), MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship), the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, Quality New Mexico, and the United Way campaign. In the for profit world, she was Chair of the Board at Quest Aircraft Corporation, a Board member and Chair of the Audit Committee of Charter Bank, a Board member of TJI (Trus Joist International) and a Board member and Committee Chair of PNM (Public Service Company of New Mexico). On the non-profit side she also served on the Board of World Vision and World Vision International. She became a member of the Gordon-Conwell Board of Trustees in 2001.
Joyce received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida State University in 1965 and a Master of Arts from George Washington University in 1967. She has traveled extensively on all seven continents. Short-term medical missions, wildlife-oriented travel, governance and leadership training for missions were often included in her travels.
She and her husband, Earl, live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they are both elders in their church. Earl, an anesthesiologist, particularly enjoys studying and teaching Christian worldview and the Muslim religion. Joyce writes and speaks on corporate governance.
Gerald L. Hector is vice president for financial affairs and treasurer at Cornell University. Mr. Hector directs the functions of the university controller, sponsored finance, procurement, risk management and insurance, the university treasurer, university tax, communications, and university policy. Division of Financial Affairs provides central financial functions in support of the university’s academic mission.
Mr. Hector previously served as vice president at Ithaca College, the chief business officer for all activities related to business, finance, and administration. He managed a budget of $230 million, with overall assets totaling $759 million. His accomplishments include replacing the incremental budget model with a more strategic zero-based model, implementing a 10-year master plan for facilities, instituting a five-year deferred maintenance strategy, directing the creation of the college’s first-ever strategic plan for information technology, and refinancing several tranches of debt.
Prior to his work at Ithaca College, Hector was vice president for business and finance at Johnson C. Smith University. While there, he managed a $46 million budget, with total assets of $127 million, a growth of 27 percent during his tenure. He also created a cash reserve of more than $10 million in four years while strengthening the balance sheet and overall financial health of the institution.
Previously he was corporate controller for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), where he was responsible for reforming a number of financial practices and policies and creating the initial budgets for the landmark $1 billion Gates Millennium Scholars program for outstanding minority students.
Mr. Hector has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with honors from Howard University. He has also earned professional development certificates from Harvard University, Yale University, and the University of Kentucky, and is a certified public accountant. He is pursuing a master’s degree in Christian thought from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina.
He shares his expertise on how to navigate the changing tides in higher education with boards, presidents, and trustees and at higher education conferences, such as NACUBO, EACUBO, and AACRAO. He is also a peer reviewer for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and speaks on a number of radio talk shows, webcasts and podcasts.
Herbert Hess works in investment management as the President and CEO of the North American Management Corporation. Prior to joining North American Management Corporation, Herb served as President of State Street Research & Management Co. and Managing Director of Berents & Hess Capital Management.
Herb serves on the board and Executive Committee for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and is moderator and serves on the Board of Elders at South Shore Baptist Church in Hingham. He has been a member of the Gordon-Conwell Board of Trustees since 1983.
Herb and his wife BJ live in Hingham, Massachusetts. He has four children and ten grandchildren, and enjoys golfing, reading, biking, and spending time with his family.
Ivan Hinrichs has been a Trustee of Gordon-Conwell since 2006. He is the Founder of Hinrichs Financial Corporate Benefits in Charlotte, N C.
After graduating from Wheaton College in 1965, Ivan moved to Charlotte, NC and launched a successful career in corporate benefits and insurance. He is the former president of the Charlotte Estate Planning Council and Charlotte Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.
Ivan served as President of Charlotte’s Habitat for Humanity. With a servants’ heart he worked along- side the working poor of El Salvador, Malawi, Nepal and Charlotte, to fund and construct their Habitat homes.
Stewardship education is his passion. Ivan is an Elder at Myers Park Presbyterian Church. He is on the board of several faith-based organizations and is on the steering committee of Movement Day Charlotte.
Ivan and his wife Marcy live in Charlotte, NC. He has a daughter Keri, a son Greg, and seven grandchildren. He enjoys traveling, reading, biking and golf.
John Huffman joined the Gordon-Conwell Board of Visitors in 1969 and very soon thereafter officially became a member of the Board of Trustees. He has pastored in New York City; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Key Biscayne, Florida; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before going to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, California, in 1978 where he served as Senior Minister until November, 2009.
John graduated from Wheaton College in 1962 with a degree in history. In 1965, he earned a Master of Divinity degree in doctrinal theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. He received a Master of Arts in History from the University of Tulsa in 1970 and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1983.
John has written nine books. He has also been active for many years on the boards of World Vision U.S. (Chair, 1996-2001), World Vision International, and Christianity Today International, where he currently serves as Chair.
John and his wife, Anne, live in Newport Beach. Anne is a graduate of UCLA, Fuller Theological Seminary, and the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute. She is a practicing psychoanalyst in Newport Beach and serves as a Trustee of Fuller Theological Seminary. The Huffmans have three children: Suzanne (deceased), Carla, and Janet.
Cynthia Smith Hughes currently holds the position of Director for the Smith Family Foundation and for Smith Asset Management Group in Dallas, TX. Additionally, since 2017, she has been the Director and Vice President of Monte Sano Trust Co. in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Cynthia received her BA in Finance with an emphasis in Economics from Southern Methodist University and her MBA in Finance with an emphasis in Accounting from Vanderbilt University in 1990 where she was a teaching assistant for Micro and Macroeconomics.
Cynthia is an active community volunteer, serving on various school, church, and capital campaign boards over the past 20+ years. Since 2017, she has served as a board member for One Voice Student Missions which is based in Pasadena, California.
Cynthia and her husband, James, owner of Hughes Construction and Development, live in Santa Barbara, California. They have four children, three stepchildren, and one grandchild. They are active at Reality Church of Santa Barbara.
Dr. Peter James is Senior Pastor of Vienna Presbyterian Church, where he has served since he arrived as Associate Pastor in 1979. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Ohio Wesleyan University, his Masters in Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and his Doctorate in Ministry from Union Seminary. He received the Robert J. Lamott Preaching Award as a seminary student. Prior to coming to Vienna Presbyterian Church, he served as a campus minister and football coach at Thiel College in Pennsylvania.
He is passionate about sharing Christ with others through preaching, discipleship, church planting, and mission work. In his spare time he enjoys playing racquetball and squash. Peter and his wife, Chris, have two grown children, Andrew and Emily. Their son Andrew is married to Becky and they have three children—Luke, Wesley and Juliette. Andrew is a 2014 graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and head pastor at First Church Congregational in Boxford, MA. Their daughter Emily is married to Mike and they have two children—Michael and Ainsley. Emily is a high school counselor and field hockey coach.
Born in Eugene, Oregon, Priscilla Lee has been the Co-CEO of Oasis Development Enterprises since 1997. Priscilla graduated from New England Conservatory of Music and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She co-founded Community Bible Study International (CBSI) in Hong Kong and regularly conducts training in the areas of Leadership, Christian living, and Business as Mission (BAM) together with her husband, the Rev. Raymond C. Lee. Her passion and joy are to discover the life-transforming Truth in God’s Word and to share them faithfully and prayerfully with compassion, courage and clarity.
Priscilla and her husband live in Wellesley, MA. Raymond was the Dean of Chapel and a long-time Trustee of Gordon College. The Lees have three adult children. Her favorite activities are to play with her granddaughter Catherine and to watch fun, uplifting movies with her hubby.
Caleb Loring, III is a private trustee and member of the Investment Committee for the Ayer Family Office, now known as The 1911 Trust Company. Previously, he worked for the Bank of Boston in the commercial lending division and with the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C.
Currently, he is also director and Chairman of the Audit Committee for The MiddleOak Insurance Company; Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee for Fidelity Personal Trust Company, FSB; Director and President of the Carter Family Corporation; Trustee and President of the Dumaine Family Trust; and Director and Interim Board Chairman of Geode Capital Management, LLC.
Caleb graduated from Dartmouth College and earned his MBA from Amos Tuck School of Business Administration in 1971.
Caleb has been and continues to be an active volunteer in his community. He presently serves as a member of the Investment Committee for the North Shore United Way, North Shore Community College Foundation and the North Shore YMCA. Other Board memberships include Vision New England; Chairman of the Advisory Board for Salvation Army, North Shore Corps; and member of the Salvation Army Massachusetts Advisory Board. He joined Gordon-Conwell’s Board in 1997.
He and his wife, Bonny, live in Prides Crossing, Massachusetts.They are active at Christ the Redeemer Church (Anglican) in Danvers, where he serves as an usher and Chairman of the Finance Committee; Bonny is in charge of church communications and is a long standing member pf the Board at Gordon College in Wenham, MA. They have two adult children and six grandchildren. Caleb enjoys exercising, reading, studying and being with family.
Rajan specializes in international operations and start-up ventures, turn-abounds, mergers & acquisitions and venture financing. He assisted in raising over $1.5 billion of financing for companies through public and private offerings of equity, debt and private placements. He has managed companies in such diverse palaces as the USA, Afghanistan, India, UK, France, Germany, Belgium Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Rajan has served and continues to serve on the boards of several for-profit and non-profit organizations. He earned both his Master of Business Administration (Finance & Accounting) and Master of Arts (Economics) degrees from Rutgers University (USA) and he is a CPA from the State of New Jersey, USA.
Rajan is a committed Christian who believes in the central role of the local church in establishing and furthering the Gospel. He is an Elder at his local church and has served on the Boards of several Churches and para-church organizations. He teaches Bible Study and speaks frequently at Christian Business, Family and Youth Conferences. He completed his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, in Massachusetts USA.
He is married to Grace Mathews, who was a Senior Scientist with Johnson & Johnson, USA and has served as the Vice-Chair of the Lausanne Movement and has two daughters, Kavita and Nithya.
Joanna Mockler is a 1955 graduate of Vassar College and an active member of Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts, where she serves in Pastoral Care and in the Prayer Ministry.
In addition to serving on the Board of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, which she joined in 1986, Joanna also serves on the boards of World Vision US and World Vision International.
Joanna has four adult children and seven grandchildren and lives in Wayland, Massachusetts. She enjoys traveling, gardening, reading and needlework.
Dr. Chip Pollard has been the president of John Brown University since July 2004. He received his undergraduate degree in English from Wheaton College in 1985, a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1988, a master’s degree in English from Oxford University in 1990, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia in 1999. He also practiced law at Latham & Watkins for three years, and taught English literature at Calvin College for seven years before coming to JBU.
During his time at JBU, the university has been blessed to receive over $225 million in gifts, to grow its endowment from $50 million to over $115 million, and to complete 16 major building projects. JBU has also initiated new academic programs in renewable energy, play therapy, and nursing, and has seen its enrollment grow by 25% to over 2300 students. Dr. Pollard also teaches regularly in the undergraduate program and speaks frequently in chapel and other venues. He has published two books, “New World Modernisms” (2005) and “May It Always Be True: Educating Students in Faith” (2011).
Dr. Pollard was elected to the board of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities in 2009 and has served as chair of the board since 2013. He also serves on the boards of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Arvest Bank in Siloam Springs, and Mercy Northwest Arkansas Community Board.
His wife, Carey, works in the Office of the President, and they have four children, Chad married to Anna, Benjamin (deceased), Emma married to David, and James married to Annika. They also have one granddaughter, Audrey. They are members at First Presbyterian Church of Siloam Springs.
Fred L. Potter is managing member of KidsVax®, which assists state public health departments with childhood vaccine funding and other public health initiatives and LegacyWise®, which provides assistance to low- and middle-income individuals to prepare their estate documents at low cost thereby implementing charitable giving, providing spiritually-informed guardianship designations for children, and promoting family peace. Prior to that, served as Executive Director & CEO of Christian Legal Society, partner & business department chair of NH’s oldest law firm, and president of the NH bar association.
Fred is an honors graduate of Harvard College (1970), Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration (1972) and the University of Michigan Law School (1975). He is a member of the Christian Legal Society, the New Hampshire Bar Association, and the American Bar Association, and an adult Bible teacher at CenterPoint church in Concord, NH.
Fred and his wife, Dr. Mertie Potter, professor emeritus at MGH-IHP and clinical nurse practitioner in psychiatric nursing, have three children and six grandchildren. They enjoy times with their family and at their family retreat in Rangeley, ME. He became a trustee at Gordon-Conwell in 1983.
After thirty years as a full time anesthesiologist, Shirley Redd retired from the practice at Caritas Norwood Hospital on December 31, 2010.
Prior to this, she worked as a partner of the Anesthesia Associates at both Newton-Wellesley and Norwood hospitals. She has served on the Board of Direc-tors for the Neponset Valley Health Systems and the Caritas Norwood Hospital/Southwood Community Hospital. She is a graduate of Brandeis University (1973) and Tufts University School of Medicine (1977).
She and her husband, Ed, the Honorable Edward R. Redd, a Justice in the Boston Municipal Court (retired in 2012) were married in 1973 and live in Roxbury, Massachusetts. They are the proud parents of three adult daughters, Ivy Redd Couch and Sara Redd who reside in Atlanta, Georgia; and Rachel Redd who lives in Boston. In Atlanta, they have three adorable grandchildren, mark Allen, Zion and Selah Couch.
Shirley and Ed worship at Morningstar Baptist Church, Mattapan, MA. They are servant leaders of the Married Couples Ministry, and the Lord has expanded the ministry globally to Africa where they share and co-partner with ICAM (Inner-City Africa Ministries) in Ghana. Prayer is the cornerstone of their ministry together. Shirley is an advocate for elderly services. On Martha’s Vineyard, she is an active member (since 1995) of The Cottagers, Inc., a philanthropic organization of African American women homeowners. The group focuses its efforts on improving the Vineyard community and giving financial assistance to various island programs as well as scholarships to graduating seniors of MVRHS. Shirley is an avid reader and enjoys travel and music.
She joined the Gordon-Conwell Board of Trustees in 2001.
Rev. Gabriel Salguero and his wife, Rev. Jeanette Salguero, serve as pastors at Calvario City Church. For several years they served as pastors of the multicultural Lamb’s Church of the Nazarene in New York City. Much of their work focuses on racial reconciliation Rev. Gabriel Salguero is the founder of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC) which offers an important leadership voice for the close to 8 million Latino evangelical in the United States.
The Salgueros have ministered extensively in Europe, Latin America, and Africa. Their life’s work is bringing an ethical framework to public policy and empowering mature leadership. Rev. Salguero has worked on issues of leadership development, evangelicals and public policy, as well as racial reconciliation. In addition, he has written extensively on ethics and race, multicultural ministry, immigration, and spirituality and public work.
Salguero has been named as one of the most influential Latino evangelical leaders by the Huffington Post, CNN Español, El Diario, and Jorge Ramos’ Al Punto. He is a featured writer for “On Faith,” and the Huffington Post’s religion page. Moreover, he previously served on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in NJ. Salguero has also served as an adviser to the White House on issues of immigration and health-care and the faith community.
Rev. Salguero is a board member of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). For his ministry and outreach, he has been featured on CNN, CNN-Español, Telemundo, and the Associated Press. He previously served as the Director of the Institute of Faith and Public Life and Hispanic Leadership Programs at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Salguero is a graduate of Rutgers University with a B.A. in History and Spanish. A member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. He also has an M.Div (magna cum laude) from New Brunswick Theological Seminary and did PhD work in Christian Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Salguero also received a Doctor in Divinity (honoris causa) from Eastern Nazarene College in Massachusetts.
The Salgueros have two beautiful boys, Jon-Gabriel and Seth, who are their pride and joy.
Daniel Vogelzang is an independent consultant and facilitator, helping organizations with strategy, design, and innovation. He works with Fortune 500 corporations, major consumer brands, design agencies, start-ups, and non-profit organizations, helping them to effectively reach objectives, drive value and create growth. Previously, Daniel was a partner at Soldier Design, a boutique design and branding studio. Daniel graduated from Skidmore College in 2002.
Daniel lives with his wife Jennifer and their three children, Tyler, Collin, and Annalise in Reading, MA. They are members of Park Street Church in Boston, where Daniel has served as Elder and in a variety of leadership positions.
Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, J. Christy Wilson, III, received his bachelor’s degree
from Wheaton College in 1975 and completed law school at the University of
Miami in 1981. He specializes in the area of eminent domain at the law firm of
Wilson, Leavitt & Small in Orlando and has published articles on the subject in
He is a member of the Florida Bar, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America,
the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, and the Rotary Club of Orlando. He
served in the United States Army from 1976-1978.
Christy joined the Gordon-Conwell Board of Trustees in 1993. He briefly took a leave of absence from the board and returned in 2019. He lives in Orlando, Florida and has a son and a daughter.
William Wood is Professor of Surgery in the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, having retired from chairing the Department of Surgery. He was previously Chief of Surgical Oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He joined the Gordon-Conwell Board of Trustees in 1975. He is Academic Dean of the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons, a group of 13 surgical residency programs in Africa.
He is a graduate of Wheaton College and Harvard Medical School. He and his wife Judy live in Atlanta, Georgia, and worship at Christ Church of Atlanta (Anglican). They have three children and seven grandchildren.
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