Teacher, Author, Minister
During 40 years of teaching, Gordon Lindsey has found that many lay people hunger for a richer educational experience than most Sunday school classes offer. But they do not grasp the theological jargon used by professional theologians. Anything too dryly academic sails right over their heads.
Gordon’s particular gift is to translate academic theology into language and concepts that lay people can grasp. This allows lay people to access for themselves some of the riches of the expansive Christian vision that comes clothed in a theological language they don’t speak.
He began as a lay teacher at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City in the late 1970s. After a move to Dallas, Texas, he taught in the First Presbyterian Church for 13 years. He also lectured in Grace Presbytery’s annual ACT conference as well as conducting short-term courses in other Dallas churches.
In 2006, Gordon and his wife Ginny moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, where he has extended his teaching ministry into central Virginia. In addition to teaching in churches in the Charlottesville and Richmond areas, he has lectured for a student ministry at the University of Virginia, for Charlottesville’s Senior Center and the Westminster-Canterbury Retirement Community, and for OLLI, a continuing education program sponsored by the University of Virginia.
Gordon graduated from Wheaton College in 1966 with a B.A. in history. He studied theology for one year at Oxford University in 1968. He then completed his theological studies at Yale Divinity School, graduating with an M.Div. degree in 1972.
After completing his seminary studies, he entered into a 30-year business career in the field of public relations and corporate communications. He served for 22 years as a writer, editor, speech writer, and communications manager for the J.C. Penney Company.
In 2007, Gordon was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He served as pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Scottsville, Virginia, from 2007 to 2014. Both during and after his retirement from the pastorate, he has been actively involved in service to the 106 churches of Virginia’s Presbytery of the James.