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Wayne Gordon

Associate Professor of Urban Ministry; Director of the MA in Christian Community Development and the DMin in Christian Community Development


Master of Arts in Urban Leadership Master of Arts in Christian Community Development


Wayne L. Gordon (DMin, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is founding Pastor and current Co-Pastor of Lawndale Community Church.  In 1975, Wayne moved to North Lawndale located on Chicago’s westside.  At that time, North Lawndale was the 15th poorest neighborhood in the U.S.  He was a teacher and coach at Farragut High School, also located in North Lawndale. Wayne and his wife, Anne, have raised their three adult children: Angela, Andrew and Austin. Wayne and Anne, along with some local high school students, founded the Lawndale Community Church. In nearly 50 years of ministry, “Coach,” as he is affectionately known, has played a key role in numerous community development initiatives. He and Lawndale Community Church founded Lawndale Christian Health Center (1984),  Lawndale Christian Development Corporation (1987), LCC Hope house (1995), Lou Malnati’s (1995) and Lawndale Christian Legal Center (2010) each of which he chaired the board for the first 10 years. Wayne  helped to formulate the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) with John Perkins and served as President for 25 years.

Coach heads up a Lawndale campus of Northern Seminary and directs the Masters and Doctoral program in Christian Community Development  

Lawndale Community Church was given a “Point of Light” award by President George Bush in 1989 and Chicago Magazine named Wayne one of the Chicagoans of the year in 1995 for his commitment and creativity.  Wayne was Wheaton College’s Alumnus of the Year in 2010 and received the William Wilberforce Award from Prison Fellowship in 2011.  

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Areas of Expertise

  • Understanding Racism 
  • Racial Reconciliation 
  • Biblical understanding of Poverty 
  • Pastoring a local church 
  • Leadership Development 
  • Creative preaching 
  • Justice and Righteousness 


Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1998-2001
DMin, Renewal of the Church for Mission
Concentration: Leadership Development in African American Communities  

Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1979-1984 
M.A. in Theological Studies
Concentration: New Testament 

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1978 – 1982 
Courses: 40 Hours of MDiv 

Wheaton College, 1971 – 1975
Special Emphasis U. S. History
Minors: Educational Physical Education
Degree: B.A. Social Sciences 

Courses Taught

  • Race, Reconciliation, and Reparations; DMin and MA 
  • Church Based Community Development; DMin and MA 
  • Nurturing Your Call, Keys to Longevity in Ministry; MA/MDIV 
  • Understanding, Poverty, and a Biblical Approach for Overcoming;  DMin and MA 
  • Creative Preaching in an Urban Context; MA/MDIV 
  • Understanding the City as a Christ Follower; DMin and MA 
  • Becoming doctors of the Church; DMin  
  • Leadership with Justice and Compassion; DMin and MA 
  • Community and Economic Reconciliation; MA/MDIV  
  • Africa my Teacher, the Gospel in the World; DMin and MA  
  • Integrative Seminar for MA Christian Community Development Capstone 

Books & Resources

See Dr. Wayne Gordon’s books and articles in his Curriculum Vitae.