A POWERFUL INFLUENCE

A POWERFUL INFLUENCE

As dean of faculty throughout her husband’s presidency, Isabel Warwick Wood, who held bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brown University, brought her own considerable gifts as a scholar, teacher and administrator to the institution, planting and tending seeds for the liberal arts college Gordon would eventually become....
Centered

Centered

“The more elaborate an organization grows, and the more many-sided its works, the more it needs the unity of an organizing center. We need it more now at Gordon than in the earlier days of simpler and smaller work. For a Christian organization the only right and sure center is Christ. I think that no-one questions that for the wonderful, complex busy life and work of Gordon now the one true center is Jesus Christ.” —President Nathan Wood (second president,...
The Move to Wenham

The Move to Wenham

In 1953, even before the Highway Act of 1956 pumped $25 billion into road projects that began to transform how Americans travelled, Route 128 had been extended as a modern highway from Danvers all the way to Gloucester, and towns previously off the beaten path became easier to reach. One of them was Wenham, and just beside Route 128 in that wooded equestrian enclave sat the estate of the Prince family. A Gordon student and part-time pastor at Wenham Neck Baptist Church, James Higginbotham, drove by the estate each Sunday as he traveled to and from the church. Gradually, he said, “the thought came to me that this would be a tremendous location for a college.” He approached the owner, Frederick Prince; impressed, Prince sold the 1,000-acre estate to Gordon for...
A Slice of (1964) Gordon Life

A Slice of (1964) Gordon Life

In 1964, Girls’ Basketball players wore dresses. The HUD dorms were under construction. Boys’ Basketball won the Bean Pot Classic. Constance Thurber was Spring Formal Queen. Students were involved in the Foreign Missions Fellowship and the Student National Education Association, wrote for the Tartan and the Idiom, and were the “marching...
The Mind of Christ

The Mind of Christ

Keeping Faith with A.J. Gordon’s Legacy at Gordon College In his last book, How Christ Came to Church, A. J. Gordon told of his own spiritual journey by recounting and interpreting a vivid dream that spoke profoundly to him and captured the heart of his life in ministry. In his dream Gordon finds himself in the pulpit on a Sunday morning when he notices a stranger enter the sanctuary. Walking up the aisle, the stranger turns his head from side to side, as if to survey those who had come to the worship that morning, and seeking a place among them to sit. Gordon’s attention is held captive by this strange man out in the congregation throughout the whole sermon; he cannot avert his eyes. When the service is over, Gordon hurries to where the man had been seated, only to find that he has already left. Gordon then turns to the man who had been seated next to the stranger and asks whether he knows who was seated next to him. The man replies: “Why, didn’t you know him? That was Jesus of Nazareth.” “How could you have let him get away before I had a chance to welcome him?” asks Gordon, with some distress. To which the man says: “Do not be troubled. He has been here today and no doubt he will come again.” These two assurances–Christ’s presence here today and his certain return–became for Gordon the two great convictions that gave shape to his life of ministry. You will note that the title of Gordon’s book is not “When Christ Came to Church” but How Christ Came to Church. Gordon’s...