For over 80 years Women’s Council has dedicated itself to addressing the needs of seminary students. In the early years this included such practical projects as making drapes and pillow cases for the dorm rooms, and setting up a small kitchenette in the residence quarters. In 1964 the Council purchased and donated a Chickering piano in ebony finish delivered from the Steinway Company.
In later decades attention focused more exclusively on the raising of scholarship funds. Between 1988-2010, exactly 3,000 individual gifts were received from Women’s Council members toward student scholarships in the amount of $194,598.
It has been my privilege to work with the scholarship recipients for the past two years and to encourage ways in which we, as members of the Women’s Council, and the students can get to know one another better. As we learn about their “story” of God’s call to ministry, we can better fulfill our call to pray for them strategically and contribute to their education joyfully.”
Rose Hausman, Scholarship Chairperson
Beatrice Lyons, Master of Biblical Languages and Old Testament (2019)
Hometown: Dalton, GA
Undergrad: Covenant College
Bio: My name is Beatrice Lyons, and I am beginning my third year as a masters student studying Biblical Languages and Old Testament. This past January, I married Tim, the kindest and funniest man I know. God has used the past two years at Gordon-Conwell and a position as a Teaching Assistant in the Hebrew department to steadily reveal to me his plans for my life: to teach his people to love his word through the languages it was originally written in. My plans are to finish my master’s degrees at Gordon-Conwell and begin a doctorate program in order to teach in higher education. We are so grateful to the Women’s Council for aiding us in preparing to build God’s kingdom through studying at Gordon-Conwell!
James Holt, Master of Divinity (2020)
Hometown: El Paso, Texas
Undergrad: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas
Bio: James Holt is in the M.Div. program expecting to graduate in 2020. He grew up in the west Texas city of El Paso, where the sun always shines, and received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989. From there, he launched his career in Houston with NASA Johnson Space Center where he worked for a dozen years. A particular thrill was the launch of a space shuttle that carried equipment from five separate projects that he and the teams he led had designed, built, and certified for space flight.
With his love for world travel and love for the Lord, he embarked on three formative short-term missions trips: two to Siberia and the last to Costa Rica. Obeying the call of God to become a full-time cross-cultural worker, he left his engineering career for Kenya in 2002, where he would serve for 15 years in various support roles in engineering, construction, management, administration and finance. Returning to his family roots (his mother was born and raised in Boston) he is attending Gordon-Conwell in preparation for his as yet unknown third career, but with the sincerity of serving God in the fullness of having felt the jostles, joys and pains of this life.
Lia Xia, Master of Counseling (2019)
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Undergrad: Northwestern UniversityUpdate:
Bio: Lisa Xia is currently studying a Master of Counseling in Mental Health and Marriage and Family Therapy at Gordon-Conwell and anticipates finishing her degree in May 2019. Though Lisa is frequently mistaken as a big city native, in reality she hails from the ridiculously attractive city of St. Louis, Missouri (the great land of baseball, beer, and Urbana). Lisa holds an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University. Prior to arriving at seminary, she worked as a marketing and data consultant in New York City. Upon graduation, Lisa hopes to utilize her education to create a “ministry-without-walls” which unites both church and secular communities under the holistic mission of biblical shalom: restoring individual identity and voice through an integrative approach which combines listening and storytelling, as well as empowering strong leadership and inspiring communal reconciliation through therapeutic training in group process.
Charles Fick, Master of Divinity (2020)
Hometown: Ithaca NY
Undergrad: B.A. in Urban Education and Development, Cornell University
Bio: I married Kimberly in 2010 and we have two sons, Walter, born in December 2013 and Leonard, born in July 2016. I felt God’s call to ministry at a very early age. Severe allergies threatened my life multiple times as a child so that once I was healed and grew out of them I knew that God had a reason for keeping me alive. I’ve served in a variety of ministry roles in the local church, as an urban missionary, and as a campus staff member for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF). As an IVCF staff member, I discovered my twin passions of Biblical teaching and evangelism. In the summer of 2015, God began to call us to Gordon-Conwell speaking to us in a silent retreat where Kimberly and I heard we were “better together.” In response to God’s call we are both pursuing M.Div. degrees and hope to get Ph.D’s after that, seeking to teach, train and equip the church to know, obey and share God’s word leading to deeper worship and more effective evangelism.
Kimberly Fick, Master of Divinity (2020)
Hometown: Ithaca NY
Undergrad: B.A. in Contemporary Ministry, Roberts Wesleyan College
Bio: My name is Kimberly Fick and I am currently in the M.Div. program, expecting to graduate in May 2020. My husband, who is also in the M.Div. program, and I have two energetic boys, Wally (b. Dec 2013) and Leo (b. July 2016). I felt a clear call to full-time ministry as a young teen, but missions work was the only context where I knew women could fully participate so that is what I pursued. I graduated with an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Contemporary Ministries from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY. After college, I served for several month-long missions trips in Sierra Leone, The Gambia, and Jerusalem. Then I returned to my hometown of Ithaca, NY, and worked as a nanny for a few years while I waited on God for the next set of instructions. It was after meeting and marrying Charles that I became a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Cornell University, working specifically with Asian and Asian-American students. In the fall of 2015 we both heard a clear call from God to pursue M.Div. degrees at Gordon-Conwell and eventually Ph.D’s with the goal of teaching and equipping the body of Christ to study scripture and share the Gospel.
Corri Ogburn, Master of Arts (Religion) (2018)
Hometown: Boulder, CO
Undergrad: B.A. in English Literature, University of Colorado
Bio: My name is Corri Charlton Ogburn and I am pursuing a degree in counseling as well as an MAR with a focus in anthropology/culture. I expect to graduate in 2 to 3 years, depending on how many of the classes overlap, and on what life brings my way! I was born in Fort Collins, Colorado and grew up in Boulder, Colorado where I also attended the University of Colorado from 1987-1991. I have a B.A. in English Literature and also focused on Spanish. I further studied Spanish at language school in Costa Rica in 1992 and then lived a year in Argentina.