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
Kristen Challapalli, Master of Arts in Counseling (2020)
Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida
Undergrad: Florida Atlantic University
Bio: My name is Kristen Challapalli, and I am entering into my third and final year as a Master of Arts student in the Counseling program. I am married to Dan, also a third year student, studying Intercultural Studies. Dan and I met at GCTS in Fall 2017, and after a wonderful friendship and courtship season, we married this past January 2019, in India (Dan’s home country). My heart has always been for caring for children in need, for as long as I can remember, even when I was just a kid myself. Prior to GCTS, I worked as a School Counselor and 1st grade teacher for six years. After meeting many children in the foster care system through my work, my heart for helping this particular demographic grew more and more. I felt called to GCTS to learn more about how to best serve children in care, as well as to learn how to best integrate my faith in Christ into counseling practice.
Ashley de Souza, Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation
Hometown: Framingham, MA
Undergrad: B.A. in English & Creative Writing, Framingham State
Bio: I was born and raised in Framingham, MA. My parents came from Brazil with the intention of a better and more stable life. This country consisting of unknowns to them became my home. Growing up in a Latino household and a predominantly Brazilian church allowed me to value my culture and be exposed to the vibrancy and spirituality that are innate in Brazil. Being a first-generation immigrant made me a hybrid in which I saw the world and God from two very distinct lenses. This ability is where my passion for writing stemmed and I majored and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English & Creative Writing from Framingham State. While on a journey to pursue an MFA in poetry, God intervened and led me to youth and young adult ministry where my focus is spiritual growth and maturity. Within a year in this work, my pastors recommended I go to seminary. I’m a Spiritual Formation major and the LSA senator for the 2019-2020 academic year. I still lead the young adult ministry in my home church. I hope my writing and ministry can become part of the revival God has begun through the youth and young adults here and in Brazil.
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.
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.