Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary

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A multi-denominational, evangelical seminary equipping men & women to advance Christ's kingdom by taking the gospel from the pulpit to the pavement.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
130 Essex St.
South Hamilton, MA 01982

Website: gordonconwell.edu

Phone: 1-800-428-7329

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 042463847

CEO/President: Scott W. Sunquist, Ph.D.

Chairman: Claude R. Alexander, Jr.

Board size: 25

Founder: Billy Graham, Harold John Ockenga, Howard Pew

Ruling year: 1970

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1981


Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary combines a rich tradition with cutting-edge educational innovation. Rooted in the gospel and God's Word, the seminary seeks to develop Christian leaders who are thoughtful, globally aware, spiritually mature and ready for a broad array of ministries. Their vision is to advance Christ's Kingdom in every sphere of life by equipping Church leaders to think theologically, engage globally and live biblically.

Mission statement

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary is an educational institution serving the Lord and His Church. Its mission is to prepare men and women for ministry at home and abroad. The Seminary undertakes this task as a training partner with the Church so that what is learned on campus can be complemented by the spiritual nurture and exercise of ministry available through the Church. Gordon-Conwell's mission arises out of God's redemptive work in this world effected in Jesus Christ, understood through the biblical Word and mediated by the Holy Spirit. As a theological seminary, it provides learning, resources and training through which men and women may acquire knowledge, gain skills, and develop attitudes needed in Christ's ministry.

Statement of faith

The sixty-six canonical books of the Bible as originally written were inspired of God, hence free from error. They constitute the only infallible guide in faith and practice.

There is one God, the Creator and Preserver of all things, infinite in being and perfection. He exists eternally in three Persons; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, who are of one substance and equal in power and glory.

Man, created in the image of God, through disobedience fell from his sinless state at the suggestion of Satan. This fall plunged man into a state of sin and spiritual death, and brought upon the entire race the sentence of eternal death. From this condition man can be saved only by the grace of God, through faith, on the basis of the work of Christ, and by the agency of the Holy Spirit.

The eternally pre-existent Son became incarnate without human father, by being born of the virgin Mary. Thus in the Lord Jesus Christ divine and human natures were united in one Person, both natures being whole, perfect and distinct. To effect salvation, He lived a sinless life and died on the cross as the sinner's substitute, shedding His blood for the remission of sins. On the third day He rose from the dead in the body which had been laid in the tomb. He ascended to the right hand of the Father, where He performs the ministry of intercession. He shall come again, personally and visibly, to complete His saving work and to consummate the eternal plan of God.

The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Triune God. He applies to man the work of Christ. By justification and adoption man is given a right standing before God; by regeneration, sanctification and glorification man's nature is renewed.

The believer, having turned to God in penitent faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, is accountable to God for living a life separated from sin and characterized by the fruit of the Spirit. It is his responsibility to contribute by word and deed to the universal spread of the Gospel.

At the end of the age the bodies of the dead shall be raised. The righteous shall enter into full possession of eternal bliss in the presence of God, and the wicked shall be condemned to eternal death.

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CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating745 of 1104112 of 129
Fund acquisition rating724 of 110595 of 129
Resource allocation rating575 of 110577 of 129
Asset utilization rating683 of 110494 of 129

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$6,315,934$5,022,050$5,498,808$2,248,672$2,416,989
Short-term investments$58,091,534$66,689,563$51,027,696$54,316,062$49,579,426
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$67,171,494$76,325,186$64,569,289$59,563,944$58,562,737
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$33,411,720$34,622,811$35,548,764$37,025,049$38,100,705
Other long-term assets$5,314,135$5,658,721$5,624,230$6,058,956$6,484,956
Total long-term assets$38,725,855$40,281,532$41,172,994$43,084,005$44,585,661
Total assets$105,897,349$116,606,718$105,742,283$102,647,949$103,148,398
Payables and accrued expenses$1,717,009$1,805,366$1,748,812$2,016,278$2,236,746
Other current liabilities$1,284,364$1,101,574$383,983$520,009$581,288
Total current liabilities$3,001,373$2,906,940$2,132,795$2,536,287$2,818,034
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$356,908$819,048$1,988,180$737,066$704,949
Total long-term liabilities$9,761,133$10,611,752$13,603,836$10,871,350$12,005,179
Total liabilities$12,762,506$13,518,692$15,736,631$13,407,637$14,823,213
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$16,834,030$17,930,344$18,144,399$19,111,892$23,959,734
With donor restrictions$76,300,813$85,157,682$71,861,253$70,128,420$64,365,451
Net assets$93,134,843$103,088,026$90,005,652$89,240,312$88,325,185
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$8,362,458$9,097,426$11,932,754$8,138,802$8,369,062
Program service revenue$17,418,373$17,714,833$19,118,101$20,076,963$20,737,238
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$4,199,390$3,786,076$5,749,941$2,743,549$3,539,132
Other revenue$106,914$105,688$111,786$103,808$88,253
Total other revenue$21,724,677$21,606,597$24,979,828$22,924,320$24,364,623
Total revenue$30,087,135$30,704,023$36,912,582$31,063,122$32,733,685
Program services$24,368,861$24,449,741$25,591,165$27,026,749$27,224,706
Management and general$4,212,210$3,905,997$4,780,729$5,470,079$4,945,253
Total expenses$29,504,413$29,252,159$31,429,563$33,553,390$33,343,637
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Surplus (deficit)$582,722$1,451,864$5,483,019($2,490,268)($609,952)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$582,722$1,451,864$5,483,019($2,490,268)($609,952)


Scott W SunquistPresident$242,486
Alex KohVP of Strategy and CIO$161,751
James M SingletonProfessor$134,015
Brian GardnerVP of Advancement$132,944
Jeffrey D ArthursProfessor$127,144
Gregg C HansenChief Financial Officer$120,343
Gerald E WheatonProfessor$117,561

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2022

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"Our task is not to bring all the world to Christ, our task is unquestionably to bring Christ to all the world." A. J. Gordon

The roots of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary reach back over 100 years to two urban East Coast schools: the Boston Missionary Training Institute and the Temple Program in Philadelphia.

The two schools shared much in common. It was the late 1800s and immigrants were pouring into their cities, only to discover little access to education. Both schools desired to engage these new residents in ministry and prepare them for the church and for missions. What better place than in two urban Baptist churches: the Clarendon Baptist Church in Boston where Rev. A.J. Gordon served as pastor, and Grace Baptist Temple in Philadelphia, led by Russell Conwell. Opening their doors to men and women of all races and ethnicities, each introduced ministry education designed specifically for people living in the city.

Underpinning the education at both schools was a biblical foundation that still animates our seminary today: a common commitment to the authority of Scripture, the experience of the new birth in Christ, biblical orthodoxy centered in Christ and the Incarnation, and the great theme of missions.

Through the years, these schools would thrive and grow, change their names, and ultimately merge in 1969 as Gordon-Conwell. But their commitments to the Bible and to the Gospel mandate steadfastly remained. We are grateful to God for this rock solid foundation, and for the wise men and women who have sustained and nurtured it for more than a century.

Program accomplishments

85 Denominations

50 Countries

4 Campuses

1 Authority