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Career Updates

Dr. Carmen Imes (MABS  ’11) & Dr. Sandra Richter (MATH, ’90)

  • Congratulations to two of our alums, Dr. Carmen Imes and Dr. Sandra Richter on each receiving a Jesus Creed 2020 Book Award in Old Testament for their books Bearing God’s Name  (Carmen Imes), and Stewards of Eden (Sandra Richter).

Family Updates

Elizabeth (Ostling) Klein (MASF ’17)

  • Elizabeth Ostling married Duane Klein on November 28, 2020 at the Sussex Christian Reformed Church in Sussex, NJ. She has changed her name to Elizabeth Klein, and she and Duane are living in Jamaica Plain, MA.

In Remembrance

Rev. John Rankin (M.Div. ’84)

  • John died of heart failure December 25, 2020. He was the President of the Theological Education Institute (TEI) which he founded in 1986. A brilliant man with multiple degrees, including a Masters in Divinity from GCTS and a Masters in Ethics and Public Policy from Harvard Divinity School, he was also an author of multiple books. He married his wife Nancy Jean Gordon on August 6, 1977, and had four children and four grandchildren.

Rev. Dr. Russel Hartley (B.Div. ’64)

  • Russel Henry “Russ” Hartley, 83, of Old Town, ME, went home to be with the Lord he loved, on Nov. 28, 2020. Russ and his wife Lorrie shepherded churches in Maine before Russ accepted the role of Chaplain at the New England Baptist Hospital, in Boston MA. After 15 years as a Chaplain, Russ returned to pastoral ministry, and served churches in New York and Maine.

Dr. Donald Gill (Honorary D.Div. ’80)

  • Donald H. Gill, 92, died November 12, 2020, in Gloucester, MA. Gill and his wife Beverly were married for almost 70 years. For the last 50 years, Don served churches in New England in collaboration with different denominations, both Protestant and Catholic. He was often found on the Gordon-Conwell campus, both as facilitator and participant, in gatherings of pastors.

Robert James Vetter (MTS ’75)

  • Rev. Robert J.“Bob” Vetter entered the Lord’s presence Friday, November 6, after a long battle with metastatic melanoma. Bob, a widower, was married to his wife June by Gordon-Conwell President Ockenga. Together they started the Christian Singles Foundation on the North Shore, and also wrote a book on singleness. Later, Bob served in a variety of pastoral positions, was the CEO of the USA World Team Mission Office, and the Vice President of St. Joseph’s Foundation in Southern Pines.

Rev. Dr. Edward John Osei-Bonsu (MRE ’89; M.Div. ’92; D.Min. ’93)

  • Rev. Dr. Edward John Osei-Bonsu passed away in August, 2020, and was buried on November 21, 2020. He was the Senior Pastor of Lifeway Community Baptist Church in Accra, Ghana.

James M. Moran (M.Div. ’79)

  • Jim Moran passed away on Oct. 13, 2020 at the age of 69. He had recently retired as senior pastor of the Cranberry Community United Presbyterian Church in Cranberry Twp, PA, a suburb of Pittsburgh.  He received his M.Div. at Gordon-Conwell in 1979 and his D.Min. from the Reformed Seminary in Jackson, MI.

John L. Good (MRE, ’70)

  • John L. Good III, 77, died peacefully on Oct. 18, 2020. He held a Master of Religious Education degree from Gordon-Conwell and an Honorary Doctorate from Endicott College. Jack married  Susan on April 9, 1967. Jack had leadership roles on numerous boards and committees. He served as an adjunct faculty member at both Gordon College and North Shore Community College.

Rev. Dr. Richard P. Camp, Jr. (M.Div. ’61; D.Div. ’88)

  • The Rev. Dr. Richard P. Camp, Jr., longest serving Chaplain at the US Military Academy from 1973 – 1996, died September 15. After completing his graduate degree at Gordon Divinity School, he pastored several churches. He was the Dean of Students at Gordon-Conwell, moving to West Point where he embarked on a 23-year career as Chaplain at the US Military Academy.

Robert Gridley (M.Div. ’64)

  • Robert Gridley, 87, passed away on June 7, 2020.  Bob is survived by his wife Elaine, five children, 16 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren.  Bob pastored churches in Maine, Massachusetts and Illinois.  He served with Faith at Work Ministries. He worked for the Appalachian Peace and Justice Network until his retirement. 

Joyce Lin (M.Div. ’17)

  • Joyce Lin died in a plane crash May 12, 2020, while serving as a pilot and IT specialist with Mission Aviation Fellowship. Joyce, who was also a graduate of MIT, was delivering COVID-19 supplies to a remote village in Papua.

Rev. Dr. William (Bill) Henry Chadwick (M.Div. ’82)

  • Rev. Dr. William (Bill) Henry Chadwick, 64, went home to be with the Lord on May 2, 2020, as a result of a motorcycle accident. Bill earned an M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell in 1982, and later a D.Min. at Fuller Theological Seminary. He married Carol Anderson on May 27, 1984. Bill pastored Stroudwater Christian Church in Portland, Maine, for 30 years. 

Stanley M. Brown (MABS, ’92)

  • Stanley M. Brown passed away on February 15, 2020. He was born in Sukkur, Pakistan to missionary parents. He married Tamara Coon in 1979. After earning an MA in Biblical Studies from Gordon-Conwell in 1992, they served in Turkey and Kazakhstan. In 1998 Stan and Tamara helped start a project of IDEAS focusing on training impoverished farmers east of the city of Almaty.  

Rev. Dr. James C. Larkin Sr. (M.Div. ’77, D.Min. ’09)

  • Rev. Dr. James “Jim” Clarence Larkin Sr. passed away July 24th, 2020. He  received a M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell in 1977 and a D.Min. in 2009. Jim married Sharon Lynne on January 30th, 1988. Dr. Larkin pastored Christ Church for over thirty years and started Beckon, a nonprofit organization aimed at mentoring young urban men.

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