Meet the Alumni Team

Laura Carmer | Director of Alumni Engagement
First Year at Gordon-Conwell: 2020
Degrees: MACO (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary); B.A. in Psychology and B.A. 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: Ph.D. in Higher Education (Loyola University Chicago); M.B.A. in Information Systems Management (Seattle Pacific University); B.S. 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.”

Brian Diehl | Alumni Engagement Officer
First Year at Gordon-Conwell: 2020
Degrees: M.Div. (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)
Professional Experience: Brian has 10 years of experience in adult education focusing on inductive Bible study in a missions context with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). He primarily worked in South Africa prior to coming to the North Shore.
Places he’s called home: Kent, WA; Cape Town, South Africa; and Boston’s North Shore
Fun Fact: An avid reader, Brian has a particular interest in the wide works of J.R.R. Tolkien and scholarship on his sources and influences.

I love how the intersection of biblical and theological studies and real world practicalities gets worked out in the classroom here at Gordon-Conwell. Students are forced to think through how real-life ministry situations put pressure on our ideals. It is a real honor to work with alumni whose experiences here have led them to share with potential students and direct them back to the seminary.

Jenna Williams | Alumni Communications & Engagement Coordinator
First Year at Gordon-Conwell: 2018
Degrees: B.S. in Cross-Cultural Missions, A.A. in English, M.A. in Bible and Theology (Southwestern Assemblies of God University); Current Degree Program: Master of Divinity
Professional Experience: Jenna worked bivocationally as an associate/children’s pastor for eight years prior to attending Gordon-Conwell. She also managed a retail store. She has been a credentialed and licensed minister with the Assemblies of God since 2008.
Places she’s called home: Fruita, CO; Waxahachie, TX; and South Hamilton, MA
Fun Fact: Jenna loves to enjoy the outdoors, whether it be camping, hiking, or spending the day at the beach.

Coming to Gordon-Conwell has allowed me to study among like-minded individuals who highly regard Scripture, yet are diverse in their theology and practice. This process has been challenging and inspiring. It has enriched my own faith while teaching me to engage the Scriptures in a deeper way.”

Mandi Paszek | Alumni Communications & Events Coordinator
First Year at Gordon-Conwell: 2020
Degrees: B.FA. in Writing for Screen and Television (University of Southern California); Current Degree Program: M.A. in Spiritual Formation
Professional Experience: Mandi previously worked as an office manager and event planner for several tech start-ups and non-profits and has also taught SAT Prep and arts and crafts for a Boys and Girls Club. Besides being a student, she currently serves as a lay leader with a Boston church-plant, mainly as a community group coach and spiritual formation group leader.
Places she’s called home:
Durango, CO; Aztec, NM; Los Angeles, CA; and Boston, MA
Fun Fact: Once upon a time, Mandi wanted to be a screenwriter, and through her undergraduate screenwriting program, she had the opportunity to meet the creator of her favorite television show, Gilmore Girls.

I have loved getting to know my professors, peers, and colleagues and seeing their passion for Jesus and for building up the church. I have especially enjoyed hearing the perspectives of those from different cultural and denominational backgrounds than me. One unexpected gift has been the attention to prayer and interpersonal support I’ve experienced in my discipleship group and the Alumni team here at Gordon-Conwell.”

Victor Babbage | Alumni Communications & Data Coordinator
First Year at Gordon-Conwell: 2020
Degrees: Master’s in Peace and Governance (Africa University, Zimbabwe), Bachelor of Education (Africa University, Zimbabwe); Current Degree Program: Master of Divinity
Professional Experience: Victor’s career spans two decades in human development work across Africa focusing on education, humanitarian response, and development initiatives.
Places he’s called home:
Zimbabwe, Malawi, Uganda, and Nashville, TN
Fun Fact: Victor greatly enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking and rock climbing. He also loves writing poetry and songs.

Gordon-Conwell inspires intentional spiritual formation and leadership development in a Spirit-flourishing community. It is a place that shapes and defines discipleship in a transformational way.”

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