Thriving in Ministry Team - Gordon-Conwell — Alumni

Meet the Thriving in Ministry Team

Rev. Dr. David Crosby | Director of Thriving in Ministry
First Year at Gordon-Conwell: 2024
Degrees: DMin in Christian Spirituality (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary); MDiv (Boston University School of Theology); BA (Tufts University)
Professional Experience:  David has served in pastoral ministry for over 40 years in Massachusetts, Colorado, and New Hampshire. He helped local churches, situated in university communities, to develop significant discipleship and mentoring ministries. David provided leadership through transitional seasons (theological, worship style, demographic, mission focus) in each church he served.  David has recently been engaged in developing models for church-based ministry training, helping those called into ministry to stay engaged in their local, home church while accessing biblical, pastoral and theological learning. Through lifelong study and practice of Christian spirituality, David has found deeper union with Christ and helped others to do the same. In every ministry location, David has joined, pursued, and formed pastoral cohort groups for learning, prayer, friendship, and support that have been God’s gift for helping sustain a thriving, flourishing ministry.
Places He’s Called Home: Boston & Amherst, MA; Fort Collins, CO; Claremont & Newmarket, NH.
Fun Fact: David enjoys adventures outside in the beauty of God’s creation: camping, biking, kayaking, skiing and hiking.  He has climbed mountains on 5 of the 7 continents and, closer to home, completed hiking the 67 4K (4000+ feet) peaks in New England.

We live in an incredible time of cultural change that brings with it great opportunity for the light and love of Christ to shine through our lives and through His Church in ways that will bring redemption and restoration to a world in need.  It is a privilege to come alongside Pastors who are taking the lead and to provide friendship, support and encouragement for them along the way.”

[email protected] | 978-646-4222

Kim Richards | Project Administrator, Thriving in Ministry
First Year at Gordon-Conwell: 2019
Education: Business (Newbury College)
Experience: Kim has 35 years of working life experience as an entrepreneur, and in areas of hospitality, accounting, data processing, church ministries coordination, missions. She has also served in church community outreach to help bring the transforming power and love of Christ among the homeless, addicted, and impoverished, also receiving her Domestic Violence Advocate Certificate and serving in a volunteer leadership role among victims and survivors.
Places She’s Called Home: Boston’s North Shore
Fun Fact: Kim is known to engage in a spontaneous conversation with people in unexpected places who have then become a friend. She enjoys anything creative or nostalgic, period piece films, music, gardening, and writing.

“Working at Gordon-Conwell has provided a wonderful opportunity to participate in a supportive role that seeks to bless beloved pastors so they can continue to flourish and thrive in church leadership.”

Rev. Terry Shanahan | Oasis Facilitator
First Year at Gordon-Conwell: 2023
Degrees: MA (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary), BA (University of New Hampshire),  Associates of Arts (Northeastern Junior College)
Professional Experience:  Terry served in pastoral ministry for over 30 years, as Associate Pastor at Rye Congregational Church and then Pastor at Nottingham Congregational Church, both in New Hampshire. After his pastoral assignments, he served for fifteen years as the Northeast Regional Pastor for the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference. He is trained in Biblical Peacemaking principals and has been a part of numerous Pastoral Care teams to help restore pastors to ministry. Terry has also served on the Boards of Vision New England, Overseed, and Interim Pastor Ministry.
Places He’s Called Home:  Rye, NH, Michigan, and Florida.
Fun Fact: Terry loves to sing along with Irish music. He also loves walking his dog Chloe on the beach and traveling to visit family.

“We live in such a changing world that many pastors were trained for a world that no longer exists. High importance must be placed on lifelong learning and being there for one another. There has never been a time when pastors needed someone more to come along side for mentoring and encouragement. It is my joy to fulfill this role through the ministry of Oasis.”

[email protected] | 603-303-1280

Laura Carmer | Senior 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.”

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