The Ockenga Institute

A Supporting Ligament to Serve the Centers
of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Mission

The Ockenga Institute exists for the renewal of the Church and its faithful participation in God’s mission. The two-fold mission of the Ockenga Institute is to serve as a supporting ligament for the centers of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, as well as to equip God’s missionary people with resources for spiritual, ministerial, and strategic formation.

Team

Dr. Eun Ah Cho
Title: Dean of the Ockenga Institute and Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies
First Year at Gordon-Conwell: 2020
Expertise: Leadership Development, Missional Leadership, Leading Change, Collaborative and Reflective Adult Learning and Mentoring

 

Biography:
Dr. Cho comes from the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary where she was Assistant Professor of Intercultural Leadership. She had been teaching in both the Korean and English language programs. Previously Dr. Cho taught in Korea at the Asian Center for Theological Studies and Mission where she taught intercultural studies and the Bible and Christian mission.

Prior to that, Dr. Cho and her husband trained new Christian leaders and planted a multicultural church in Kokshetau, Kazakhstan. In this context she used Russian, Korean and English languages.

Dr. Cho did her undergraduate studies in St. Petersburg, Russia at the Russian State Pedagogical University where she majored in Russian philology. She did both her masters’ and doctoral work in the School of World Mission at Fuller Theological Seminary. Her family is from Korea, but she was raised mostly in Canada.

She is a seasoned missionary who will oversee the planning and coordination of all of our centers under the Ockenga Institute. She will be the first Korean woman on the President’s cabinet and will help in our ministry to Korean churches, both in Korea and the United States. She is not only a scholar and creative leader, but also a poet who has penned one of the most popular Korean praise songs: 하나님의 은혜 (Hananimui Eunhye: “Grace of God”).”

Degrees

  • Ph.D. Intercultural Studies – Fuller Theological Seminary
  • M.A. Intercultural Studies – Fuller Theological Seminary
  • B.A. Russian Philology – Russian State Pedagogical University

Alex Ahn
Title: Director of Operations
Biography:
Alex serves as Director of Operations for the Ockenga Institute. His previous offices included Logistics Coordinator for both the Doctor of Ministry program, and the Ockenga Institute. Prior to working at Gordon-Conwell, he served Korean American churches for more than 15 years as a Sunday school pastor, youth pastor, EM pastor, and associate pastor. Currently, he serves as an associate pastor for Stepstone Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Alex was raised in Korea until he was 16 when he came to the US to attend the Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Alex is married to Grace and they have 4 wonderful boys, William, Titus, Micah and Daniel. He loves coffee, chocolate, Korean food, Jazz, cactus and friends.

Degrees

  • D.Min. (Candidate) – Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • M.A. Divinity – Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • B.A. Accounting – Northeastern University

Dan Challapalli
Title: Project Manager
Biography:
Dan serves the Ockenga Institute as Project Manager. He graduated from the Hamilton campus of Gordon-Conwell with an M.A. in Intercultural Studies. He has a heart for biblical education and discipleship, and considers it a great honor to be able to bring the resources of the seminary to churches, organizations, and individuals. Dan is married to Kristen and they are expecting their first child in February 2021. He loves music, snorkeling, outdoors, and Hyderabadi biryani!

Degrees

  • M.A. Intercultural Studies – Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • B.Tech. Aerospace Engineering – Malla Reddy College of Engineering and Technology, Hyderabad

Guy Bennett
Title: Tech Support Manager
Biography:
Guy serves as Tech Support Manager as well as customer service support for the Ockenga Institute. Guy is married with 2 beautiful children, and he enjoys strategy games, sports, and collectibles.

Degrees

  • M.A. Christian Thought – Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • B.A. Intercultural Studies – North Greenville University