Meet the Alumni Team

Laura Carmer | Director of Alumni Engagement
First Year at Gordon-Conwell: 2020
Degrees: MACO (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary); BA in Psychology and BA in Spanish (Carnegie-Mellon University)
Professional Experience: Laura has 30+ years of experience in higher education administration in the areas of global education, missions, service-learning, and student life, as well as experience co-directing an honors program in faith and vocation. She has also worked in community mental health, campus ministry, and church community outreach.
Places she’s called home: rural central PA, Pittsburgh, and Boston’s North Shore
Fun Fact: Laura loves to explore and understand other cultures. Her work has allowed her to build relationships and partnerships in a dozen countries around the world in addition to her personal friendships and travel in many more.

I love that I get to know, serve, and support Gordon-Conwell’s remarkable alumni. It is so inspiring to see how our alumni are faithfully living out their various callings. It’s a joy to work under a President and alongside colleagues who daily exemplify devotion to the Lord and creative, humble service in all that they do.”

Brian Gardner | Vice President of Advancement
First Year at Gordon-Conwell: 2019
Degrees: PhD in Higher Education (Loyola University Chicago); MBA in Information Systems Management (Seattle Pacific University); BS in Business & Economics (George Fox University)
Professional Experience: Brian has over 25 years of experience in higher education development and enrollment. He has counseled nonprofits on fundraising, spoken at professional conferences, and served on various organizational boards.
Places he’s called home: Portland (OR), Seattle, Chicago, rural Indiana, and Boston’s North Shore
Fun Fact: Brian is a terrible golfer, but has a tremendous appreciation for the game!

Gordon-Conwell has equipped 11,000 alumni to make disciples of Jesus Christ through various ministry and cultural contexts across all 50 U.S. states and nearly 100 nations around the world. I anticipate with joy and confidence the impact of today’s students when they join them.”

Marcus Appleton | Alumni Communications & Program Coordinator
First Year at Gordon-Conwell: 2021
Degrees: BS Marketing and Business Studies (City University, London Business School), Current Degree: MA in Global Leadership
Professional Experience: Marcus served for over 20 years in the UK in business and marketing, including launching and running a marketing consultancy for 10 years. He worked in pastoral ministry for three years, and has spent the last five years working in world missions, seeking to engage the local church in overseas mission across Central Asia. 
Places he’s called home:
Kent, the ‘Garden of England’; and now New England
Fun Fact: Marcus used to play Table Tennis at competition level.

“Several friends in both mission and ministry recommended Gordon-Conwell. I was also encouraged to learn of the focus placed on world mission. I look forward to serving the alumni, meeting them, and hearing their stories.”

Amanda Mittelman | Alumni Communications & Event Coordinator
First Year at Gordon-Conwell: 2020
Degrees: BA in Biblical and Religious Studies (Grove City College, 2020); Current Degree Program: MA in Old Testament Studies
Professional Experience: Amanda previously served as a TA and in various staff positions while attending Grove City College. She founded and runs her own art company, Emerson Printing & Co. In addition to being a student at Gordon-Conwell, she also works in the Marketing and Communications office, as a Byington Scholar for Dr. Tom Petter, and as the RLC for Graham Hall.
Places she’s called home: Cherry Hill, NJ; Pittsburgh & Grove City, PA; Paris, France; and Boston’s North Shore.
Fun Fact: Amanda loves leading worship (piano and vocals) and founded Grove City College’s bi-annual 24-hour continuous worship event.

As a current student, I love hearing from Gordon-Conwell alumni, seeing the variety of ministry positions they serve in, and witnessing how God uniquely uses their gifts, experiences, and education to prepare them for their Kingdom work.”

 

Porter Sprigg | Alumni Special Projects Coordinator
First Year at Gordon-Conwell: 2020
Degrees: BA in English and Biblical Studies (Gordon College); MDiv in progress (Gordon-Conwell)
Professional Experience: Porter has served in various roles for La Vida at Gordon College, including the Curriculum Coordinator and the Interim Assistant Director. He also served as a Program Specialist for Booster, an elementary school fundraising company, right before coming to seminary.
Places he’s called home: Clifton Park, NY; Germantown, MD; Beverly, MA.
Fun Fact: In his basement in Maryland, Porter and his family have several chunks of the Berlin Wall and over 60,000 baseball cards.

“The Partnership Program has been a tremendous blessing to me personally as I navigate seminary. I am grateful for the opportunity to help it thrive. I am also excited to work with alumni and help coordinate events that will allow them to meaningfully engage with GCTS today. My own father graduated here in 1997, four days after I was born.”

 

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