Meet the Thriving in Ministry Team

Dr. David Horn, ThD | Director, Thriving in Ministry
First Year at Gordon-Conwell: 1996
Degrees: BA (Bethel College); MA in English literature (Baylor University); MDiv (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary); ThD (Boston University School of Theology).
Professional Experience:  David has ministered in a variety of settings, including camping, student development, and as a college Dean of the Chapel. He served as pastor of historic First Congregational Church of Hamilton, MA, which underwent an exciting period of spiritual and institutional renewal during that time.

David served on the faculty of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary as the Director of the Ockenga Institute, where he oversaw a wide range of educational programs and centers involving church renewal, global evangelism, marketplace ministry and cultural engagement, youth ministry, preaching, online education, and alumni services.

Places He’s Called Home: Rural Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, and Hamilton, Massachusetts

Fun Fact: Learning from my mother at an early age, I’ve been a lifetime furniture restorer—and later upholster. My home is filled with wonderful old furniture that no wants any longer.

For the past thirty years, I have had the privilege of working alongside pastors serving churches of all shapes and sizes around New England. What a privilege to serve Jesus Christ in this amazing part of the country!.”

Dennis Gill | Program Coordinator, Thriving in Ministry Program
First Year at Gordon-Conwell: 1974
Degrees: DMin Christian Spirituality (Gordon-Conwell, Charlotte); MDiv (Gordon-Conwell, Hamilton); BS Communications (Boston University)
Professional Experience: For over 35 years Dennis has pastored and planted churches in Massachusetts, North Carolina and New Jersey. In the last 15 years he has coordinated pastor cohorts and consultations across New England with the Evangelical Network in New England (ENet).
Places He’s Called Home: Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Boston, Greensboro, NC, and Princeton, NJ.
Fun Fact: Some missionary types think I spent many years serving in Morocco, but that’s my identical twin brother, Brad, who also spent some time at Gordon-Conwell.

In the mid 1970’s, I was one of more than 60 students in the college ministry at Park Street Church (Boston) who decided to train at Gordon-Conwell for full-time ministry … and they’ve been making disciples of Jesus all over the world ever since.

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.”

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.”

Rev. Terry Shanahan | Oasis Facilitator

Professional Experience: Terry is a highly respected church leader who has ministered in a variety of settings in New England for many, many years, including as a pastor and a key denominational leader. Terry has the heart and wisdom of a pastor and has led many pastors and their congregations through times of crises and transition.

If you wish to participate in the Oasis program, contact Terry directly by phone or email.
603-303-1280 | [email protected]

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