On October 2nd, 1889, the Boston Missionary Training Institute opened its doors to its inaugural class of 16 students. These were men and women from diverse backgrounds, united by their common commitment to the gospel message. This year, we celebrate the many ways in which Gordon College has grown and flourished out of these humble origins, even as we have remained faithful to our founding vision as a school of Christ.
When I began teaching at Barrington College in 1963, blackboards and chalk trays were state of the art. Such things look so “vintage” to today’s electronically-wired students, a generation whose orientation to learning inside and outside the classroom has been greatly altered by the technological revolution. Who knows what was cutting edge in 1889 when A. J. Gordon founded the Boston Missionary Training Institute; teaching styles and technology shift quickly. But for 125 years what has been permanent in a Gordon education is the Word of God. The bedrock has always been to go back to Scripture to give us perspective for whatever we do in life. We depend on God daily for living; and we mature through the wisdom of experience; and as we go through struggles and trials we gain greater appreciation of the life that awaits us.
This is as true in 2014 as it was in 1889. All that is different is the nature of the struggles. At Barrington College, at Gordon College, and now at the United College of Gordon and Barrington, students have grappled decade by decade with a constantly changing array of cultural and intellectual issues…
Soccer fan from the early 90’s
Gordon student enjoying his sofa and mustache on a warm Gordon day.
Gordon Police flashback from the 70’s: “Safety is everybody’s business.”
Gordon student and companion in a photo from the 1960 Hypernikon.