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J. Gottman begins as Director of Development

Posted on January 9, 2017

J. Gottman begins as Director of Development

Disciples Divinity House is most pleased to announce that on Monday, January 9, Rev. J. Gottman began work as Director of Development at the Disciples Divinity House at Vanderbilt. J. will work remotely, three quarters time, from his home in Paducah, Kentucky, with regular trips to Nashville as needed. He will serve in partnership with Dean Mark Miller-McLemore for the support of students from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) who are preparing for ministry at Vanderbilt Divinity School.

J. is a graduate of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, and earned his Masters of Divinity in 1997 from Vanderbilt Divinity School. As a student, he was a resident in and active at the Disciples Divinity House-Vanderbilt and worked as a student intern at Vine Street Christian Church. After graduation, he worked in a year-long Clinical Pastoral Education residency as a chaplain at the VA Hospital in Nashville. He served 6 years as pastor at Century Christian Church in Owensboro, Kentucky, followed by 11 ½ years as Lead Pastor at First Christian Church of Paducah. He is an experienced minister who appreciates the value of the educational experience at Disciples House-Vanderbilt as a solid basis for ministry.

J. has been married for 20 years to Erin, a Nurse Practitioner. They have a daughter, Bailey, a sophomore in High School; and a son, Gage, in 7th grade.

J. will have primary responsibilities for the Annual Fund, church relations (including House presence at Assemblies), alumni/ae relations, the “Talent 4 the House” fundraising concert, major gifts, and the Legacy Circle of planned givers. He is excited about partnering in ministry with the House and looks forward to seeing God at work through the education and support of current and future leaders in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).