James Bowers, Director
Born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas, James began a slow migration toward the Atlantic Ocean in his twenties. Before coming to Gordon-Conwell in 2004, James was involved in educational publishing for five years in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was also actively involved with the international student community. On his way to completing his Master of Divinity at Gordon-Conwell in 2008, he joined the RMI summer staff in 2007, and eventually came on board as the director. The Compass program gives him the opportunity to do life with students, to play outdoors and to travel with purpose—three of his favorite things.
Bryn Clark, Coordinator
Bryn Clark was raised in a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from Wheaton College in May of 2011 with a degree in English Writing. Shortly after graduation, Bryn packed his car and headed east for the coast of Maine where he worked with the youth ministry at a local church while also taking jobs as everything from a sea kayak guide to social worker. Bryn is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at Gordon-Conwell with plans of engaging in Christian ministry or education upon completion. When he’s not studying or working, you can find Bryn doing just about anything outdoors: skiing, mountaineering, kayaking, running…you name it! Bryn is also a die-hard Packer fan (also known as a Cheesehead), book nerd, blogger and incredible cook (as long as it’s Eggos or Ramen Noodles).
Ryan Tussey, Assistant
Ryan is a Midwesterner through and through. He was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana and he attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan. After his time at Hope, Ryan left with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Youth Ministry. Currently, Ryan is pursuing a Master of Divinity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Ryan was raised as an avid Buckeye fan and on Saturdays, in the fall, you will find him glued to the TV watching his beloved football team and cheering them onto victory.
David Horn, Senior Director
Dave is the Director of the Ockenga Institute of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is committed to offering theological education to a variety of constituencies beyond the traditional student body. His responsibilities involve oversight over multiple centers and programs, including the Ministry Center for Christian Youth and the Compass program. Dave also has experience in campus ministry, including working for several years in the Student Development and Campus Ministry offices at Gordon College. He has also worked as the Campus Pastor and as Director of Residential Life at Bethel College and has taught English. He writes and speaks on issues related to practical theology and sociology of religion. Previously, he served on the pastoral staff of First Congregational Church in Hamilton, Massachusetts, and continues to be actively involved in the leadership and teaching ministries of the church. Dave’s personal interests include running and sports, furniture restoration and travel. He is married to Cec and has two grown children, Will and Molly.
Each year, five Gordon-Conwell students are carefully selected to serve on staff during the RMI: three small group leaders, a worship leader and an overseas ministry trip coordinator. If you are interested in being a part of this team, please contact the program director.