Rev. Art J. Gordon, Pastor
Rev. Art J. Gordon is the youngest of six children born to the Rev. Gill Gordon and the late Lucille Newbell Gordon of Warner Robins, Georgia. He was active as a youth choir member, junior deacon, and junior usher.
He attended Savannah State University where he received his Bachelor's degree in History, graduating with honors. While at Savannah State, he served in leadership roles with the Student Government Association, NAACP, University Housing, Quiz Bowl Team and received the Presidential Scholarship to study African Diaspora in Nova Scotia. He also interned with the Georgia Department of Labor and in Washington, DC with Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss.
Rev. Gordon was licensed to preach the Gospel at the Greater Victory Church in Warner Robins, where he also taught the adult Sunday School class. He is also a member of the 2013 Class of the Academy of Preachers.
Rev. Gordon then attended Boston University School of Theology to prepare for Pastoral Ministry and local politics. He was the recipient of the Mary McCleod Bethune Scholarship, the Ralph Shunk Prize, American Baptist Seminarian Scholarship and the Durward v. Carson Award from the Georgia Baptist Convention. He was voted Vice President of the Student Association, a member of the Association of Black Seminarians and served as a Worship Intern in the historic Marsh Chapel. As a student leader he traveled to Ferguson, Missouri and Israel/Palestine. In addition, Rev. Gordon was awarded the prestigious Donald Wells Prize for Preaching for excellence in Preaching from the Boston Theological Institute and the Massachusetts Bible Society in 2015 and was an honoree for the Garner Prize for Preaching. He graduated with a Master of Divinity in 2016 with a focus in Theological Ethics and was inducted into the School of Theology's Leadership Honor Society.
In the summer of 2018, Rev. Gordon was a recipient of the prestigious FASPE Fellowship (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) where he, along with other clergy and seminarians, studied the role of clergy professionals in Nazi-occupied Germany and Poland.
Rev. Gordon served on the Ministerial Team under Rev. Arthur T. Gerald at the historic Twefth Baptist Church, where he served as a Junior Church Teacher, Prayer Service Leader, andd Vice Chairman of the Christian Education Ministry. He was ordained in August of 2017.
After much prayer, Rev. Gordon became the assistant to Interim Pastor Jeffrey Brown at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in September 2016.Rev. Gordon assisted by preaching and leading the Weekly Bible Study class. Rev. Gordon was voted Pastor-Elect in June 2017.
Rev. Gordon is a fourth generation Baptist pastor and a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He served as the Roxbury Neighborhood Captain for Spark Boston, the Mayor's Millennial Leadership Council and is currrently serving on the Emerging Leader's Board of the Boston Healthcare Fore Homeless Program. He is most proud of being marred to Portsha P. Franklin-Gordon of Pace, Mississippi who serves as a College Success Coach at the West End House Boys and Girls Club in Allston.