Teacher and Author
During 40 years of teaching, Gordon 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 and out of their consciousness.
Gordon’s particular gift is to translate academic theology into language and concepts that lay people can understand. He thereby enables lay people to access for themselves some of the riches of the expansive Christian vision that comes clothed in theological language they don’t speak.
His Experience Teaching
He began as a lay teacher teaching at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City in the late 1970s, where for several years he taught an adult weeknight Bible study class.
Between 1992 and 2005, he taught regularly at the First Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas. He led the church’s Logos Discussion Class for 13 years. He lectured twice in the church’s Doing Theology Downtown program. He also lectured at Grace Presbytery’s annual ACT conference and taught short-term courses in other Dallas churches.
In 2006, Gordon and his wife Ginny moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, where he has continued his teaching ministry in the central Virginia. In addition to teaching in churches in the Charlottesville and Richmond areas, he has taught in a Christian student ministry at the University of Virginia, at Charlottesville’s Senior Citizens Center and at the Westminster-Canterbury Retirement Community, and in OLLI, a continuing education program sponsored by the University of Virginia.
His Education and Pastoral Ministry
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 2007, Gordon was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He served as pastor of Scottsville Presbyterian Church in Scottsville, Virginia, from 2007 to 2014. Since his retirement from the pastorate, he has taken up a ministry of writing, giving particular attention to his blog The Bible’s In My Blood. This blog posts his personal reflections that grow out of his own personal study of the Bible.