As a Woman, Why Study at Gordon-Conwell?

Whether your calling is to full-time ministry, lay ministry, the workplace or the academy, Gordon-Conwell supports women with rigorous theological education in all of our programs. We believe that “the privilege of teaching and studying the Word of God at seminary knows no gender distinction, and that, indeed, the perspectives of both genders are essential for the fullest understanding of biblical texts, incisive theological reflection, and healthy community.” [1]

We invite you to pursue your calling through our degree and non-degree programs and to partake in our vision of being “a thoughtful, loving, Christ-centered community of global discipleship.” 

The History of Women at Gordon-Conwell

Gordon-Conwell has a rich and unique history beginning with its founders, Rev. A. J. and Maria Gordon, who together started the coeducational Boston Missionary Training School in 1889. Since the origin of our school, women have always been included in the evangelical training of pastors and missionaries. One of A. J. Gordon’s articles written in 1894 was recently republished in Gordon-Conwell’s Africanus Journal, titled “The Ministry of Women.” It was a revolutionary message in support of women in 1894 and is still relevant today.

Seeing the need for a strong, evangelical seminary in the Northeast, famed evangelist Rev. Billy Graham, Dr. Harold John Ockenga and philanthropist J. Howard Pew oversaw the merger of Conwell School of Theology (originally a part of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA) and Gordon Divinity School (formerly the Boston Missionary Training Institute and later Gordon College of Theology and Mission) in 1969. Their combined vision for the newly-formed Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary was to “establish within a strong evangelical framework, an independent, interdenominational seminary whose constituents are united in the belief that the Bible is the infallible, authoritative Word of God…consecrated to educating men and women in all facets of gospel outreach.”

Remaining faithful to the vision of our founders, Gordon-Conwell continues to train men and women who are passionate about spreading the gospel in today’s culture. In 2018, former President Dennis Hollinger reaffirmed Gordon-Conwell’s longstanding commitment to women in ministry.

 

Be Equipped by Women to be a
Woman Who Equips

WOMEN FACULTY & ADJUNCT FACULTY

Be equipped for your calling by learning from women faculty and adjunct faculty in all of our departments: Biblical Studies, Christian Thought and Practical Theology. As an integral part of the Seminary, these women, many of whom are ordained ministers, are experts in their fields with extensive experience in both academic and ministerial worlds. Along with all of Gordon-Conwell, they are here to support your academic success and calling.

Dr. Jeffrey Arthurs

Robinson Chair of Preaching & Communication

Dr. Eun Ah Cho

Dean of the Gordon-Conwell Institute, Professor of Intercultural Studies

Dr. Dave Currie

Professor of Pastoral Theology, Dean of the Doctor of Ministry Program, Vice President of Cohort-Based Education

Dr. Brad Howell

Dean of Teaching and Learning, Executive Director of Southeast Region

Dr. Scott W. Sunquist

President and Professor of Missiology

Dr. Virginia Ward

Dean of the Boston Campus, Executive Director of Northeast Region, Assistant Professor of Youth and Leadership

Dr. Gerry Wheaton

Dean of the Southeast Region,  Associate Professor of New Testament

Dr. Mateus de Campos

Dean of the Hamilton Campus, Assistant Professor of New Testament

Dr. Carol Kaminski

Professor of Old Testament

Dr. Sean McDonough

Professor of New Testament

Dr. Seong Hyun Park

Assistant Professor of Old Testament; Associate Dean of Cohort-Based Education Core Curriculum & Research

Dr. Donna Petter

Associate Professor of Old Testament, Director of the Hebrew Language Program

Dr. Thomas Petter

Associate Professor of Old Testament

Dr. Eckhard J. Schnabel

Mary French Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament

Dr. Gwenfair Walters Adams

Professor of Church History

Dr. John Jefferson Davis

Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics

Dr. Gordon Isaac

Berkshire Professor of Church History and Advent Christian Studies

Dr. Todd Johnson

Eva B. and Paul E. Toms Distinguished Professor of Mission and Global Christianity

Dr. Adonis Vidu

Professor of Theology

Dr. Kevin Xiyi Yao

Associate Professor of World Christianity and Asian Studies

Dr. Kenneth Barnes

Mockler-Phillips Professor of Workplace Theology and Business Ethics

Mr. Daniel Montañez

Adjunct Instructor, Latino & Global Ministries Program

Mrs. Lucrecia Rodríguez-Lynch

Adjunct Instructor, Latino & Global Ministries Program

Dr. Angie H. Kim

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Dr. Matthew D. Kim

George F. Bennett Professor of Preaching and Practical Theology, Director of the Haddon W. Robinson Center for Preaching, Director of Mentored Ministry

Dr. Karen Mason

Professor of Counseling and Psychology, Director of the Hamilton Counseling Department

Dr. Jim Singleton, Jr.

Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism

Ms. Quonekuia Day

Instructor in Old Testament

Dr. E. Carolina Benitez

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Dr. Christopher A. Cook

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Dr. Rodney Cooper

Senior Professor of Ministry

Dr. Pam Davis

Associate Professor of Counseling, Director of the Counseling Department at Charlotte

Dr. Donald Fairbairn

Robert E. Cooley Professor of Early Christianity, Director of the Cooley Center

Dr. Rollin Grams

Professor of Biblical Theology and Ethics

Dr. Vickey Maclin

Associate Professor of Counseling

Dr. Robert Mayer

Senior Professor of Church History

Dr. Catherine McDowell

Associate Professor of Old Testament

Mr. Dean Borgman

Emeritus Professor of Youth Ministry

Dr. Dennis Hollinger

Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics

Dr. Gordon Hugenberger

Senior Professor of Old Testament

Dr. Edward Keazirian

Senior Professor of Greek and New Testament, Director of the Greek Language Program

Dr. Peter Kuzmic

Senior Distinguished Professor of World Missions and European Studies

Dr. Richard Lints

Senior Distinguished Professor of Theology

Dr. Jeffrey J. Niehaus

Senior Professor of Old Testament

Dr. Pablo Polischuk

Senior Professor of Pastoral Counseling & Psychology

Dr. Garth Rosell

Senior Research Professor of Church History

Dr. Aída Besançon Spencer

Senior Professor of New Testament

Dr. Douglas Stuart

Senior Professor of Old Testament

Dr. Eldin Villafane

Distinguished Professor of Christian Social Ethics, Emeritus

Dr. David Wells

Senior Distinguished Research Professor of Theology

Dr. Tim Laniak

Senior Professor of Biblical Studies

Dr. Patricia Batten

Ranked Adjunct Professor of Preaching, Associate Director of the Haddon W. Robinson Center for Preaching, Chapel Advisor

Dr. Katherine Horvath

Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology

Dr. Gina A. Zurlo

Adjunct Faculty of World Christianity and Mission, Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity

Dr. Christine Palmer

Adjunct Professor of Old Testament

Dr. David Palmer

Adjunct Professor of New Testament

Dr. Justin M. Young

Adjunct Professor of Old Testament, Director of Academic & Information Services—Jacksonville

Dr. Annette Wright

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Andrew J. Martin

Adjunct Professor of Theology

Dr. Carlot D. Celestin

Adjunct Professor of Counseling

Dr. Daniel Reyes

Adjunct Professor of Counseling

Dr. David A. Escobar Arcay

Adjunct Professor of Theology and Christian Thought

Dr. Erin Crider

Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies

Dr. J. Anthony Lloyd

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Jason Hood

Adjunct Professor of New Testament

Mr. Jeff Bass

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Jim Critchlow

Assistant Professor of Biblical Languages

Dr. Jimmy Long

Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology

Dr. Justin S. Holcomb

Adjunct Professor of Christian Thought

Dr. Laura Miguélez Quay

Adjunct Professor of Christian Thought and Greek

Dr. Mark A. Jennings

Adjunct Professor of New Testament

Dr. Phillip R. Thorne

Co-Mentor (DMIN)

Dr. Ronald J. Bouthillette

Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology

Dr. Stephen Witmer

Adjunct Professor of New Testament

Dr. Thomas Price

Adjunct Professor of Christian Thought

Dr. Viacheslav V. Lytvynenko

Adjunct Professor of Theology and Christian Thought

Dr. Duffy Robbins

Co-Mentor (DMIN)

Dr. Eliezer Victor Ramos

Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology

Dr. Jana Holiday

Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology

Dr. Jason McConnell

Co-Mentor (DMIN)

Dr. Lindsay McMillan

Co-Mentor (DMIN)

Dr. Wes Vander Lugt

Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology

Dr. Luiz Sayao

Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies

Dr. Mary Ho

Co-Mentor (DMIN)

Dr. Michael Moses

Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology

Dr. Claude Alexander

Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology

Dr. Nick Gatzke

Co-Mentor (DMIN)

Dr. Timothy Beougher

Co-Mentor for Outreach & Discipleship Track (DMIN)

Dr. T.K. Chuang

Co-Mentor (DMIN) / Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology (LGM)

Dr. Tom Herrick

Co-Mentor (DMIN)

Dr. Wilmer Estrada Carrasquillo

Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology

Dr. Awilda Gonzalez-Babb

Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies

Dr. Jenny John

Visiting Professor of Counseling

Dr. Autumn Ridenour

Mockler Associate Professor of Christian Ethics

Dr. William Spencer

Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Theology and the Arts

What to Study at Gordon-Conwell?

SPECIFIC COURSES ON WOMEN

Your studies at Gordon-Conwell will take you deeper into God’s Word and prepare you for Kingdom work. Women are welcome in all of our courses, graduate certificate programs, master’s degrees and doctoral programs.

We also offer specific courses on women such as:

As a Gordon-Conwell student, you are also able take classes through the Boston Theological Institute (BTI) at schools like Boston College, Boston University and Harvard Divinity School.

SPECIFIC ResourceS for women

Charlotte Campus

Women en Biblical Studies (WEBS)

Women en Biblical Studies is a Charlotte-based group for female students with a keen interest in biblical studies. WEBS meets monthly for personal, professional and spiritual fellowship, support and development. Women are invited to present their research, discuss key issues in biblical studies with others in the field and meet with publishers. To become involved or to learn more about starting WEBS on your campus, please contact Dr. Catherine McDowell.

Hamilton Campus & Beyond

The Women’s Council

The Women’s Council provides scholarships for Hamilton students and opportunities for fellowship among women who share an interest in the Seminary. While events are held on the Hamilton campus, all women are invited to the special events which feature luncheons, music and speakers from the Gordon-Conwell community, including scholarship recipients. Visit The Women’s Council for more information.

Hamilton Campus

Women’s Resource Senator

The Women’s Resource Senator plans a variety of formational events throughout the year for female students on the Hamilton campus. For more information, please visit the Student Association page.

Lay Counseling

Additional Reading

Equipping every woman vocationally to pursue God’s call in her life!


“The disciples during Jesus’ time may have been astonished that Jesus spoke in public with a woman about theological matters. Jesus, though, answered: “Look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting” (John 4:27, 35 NRSV). Because of Photina, her city learned that Jesus truly is “the Savior of the World” (John 4:42). And, because of you, your ‘cities’ may learn that good news too.”

— Dr. Aida Spencer, Senior Professor of New Testament

What are Alumni Saying?

Yukari Hata

Gordon-Conwell embraces women who want to be equipped for the work of the ministry.  I was challenged by the passion the professors showed for Christ and also for us… Their wisdom and guidance challenged me and changed the trajectory of my life from only pursuing a career to pursuing the Lord Himself.

— Yukari Hata (MDiv ’13 and ThM ’15)

Clevette Lopes-Greene

At Gordon-Conwell— Boston, I am getting the necessary practical training that I need for ministry. I am able to put the Word of God into action as his disciple, not only in my church, but in the workplace and the urban community at large.”

— Clevette Lopes-Greene (MAUM ’15)

Rachel Gilson

“Gordon-Conwell encouraged me to combine sharp critical thinking with deep love for God’s Word and God’s people.”

— Rachel Gilson (MDiv ’20), Author of Born Again This Way

Mary Willson

“Words cannot express how thankful I am for my experience at Gordon-Conwell. I expected my seminary years to be formative, but I had no way to know just how much it would strengthen myworship of Christ and devotion to him.”

— Mary Willson (MDiv ’09 and ThM ’10)

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