Each year, one student in each of Grades 1 through 12 is chosen by her or his teacher as the Micah 6:8 Award Recipient, for most exemplifying the verse: “…what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” This year we are excited to use our We Believe dinner to publicly recognize the example that is being set by a member of our greater Christian Community, Mr. Ed Gaskin.
Mr. Gaskin’s life’s work has included trying to understand and make a difference in the areas of Christianity and racism, girls and gang violence, domestic violence in Christian families, and exploring the need for more African-Americans in missions as a way to have an impact on societal issues. He has authored books on these same subjects, with The Role of the Church in Reducing Gang Violence and Latayna, A Story of Gangs, Girls and Guns, both drawn from his experience as Chief Operating Officer at the Boston TenPoint Coalition.
Minister Ed Gaskin has been serving at Peoples Baptist Church since 1984. He has held leadership positions with several African-American faith-based organizations, including the Black Ministerial Alliance, the Roxbury Presbyterian Church's Social Impact Center, and Charles Street AME's Roxbury Renaissance Center.
Mr. Gaskin’s service in the nonprofit realm has been an example of acting justly and loving mercy. Incredibly, however, his efforts to make a difference in society through service to others has been carried out alongside his own prolific professional accomplishments in marketing. He is a speaker and author who over the last two decades has published in a long list of journals such as Barron's, Pensions & Investments, and Investment Management Review, on topics such as marketing, advertising, public relations, media strategy, investing, and digital strategy. He is a gifted marketing strategist who has served as the Chief Marketing Officer for a number of well-known companies, and consulted for many others including Fortune 500 companies such as Procter & Gamble.
Mr. Gaskin graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Master's of Science in Management degree and graduated with honors as a Martin Trust Fellow, and came in second in the National Black MBA Association's national scholarship contest. He also graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity degree, where his focus was on contemporary theology and ethics. While at Gordon-Conwell he received awards for missions, Biblical Studies, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Award for leadership. He was selected to present his paper on "Contextualization, the Other Half of the Hermeneutical Task" at a national conference. Prior to graduating from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, he graduated with a degree in the History of World Religions, for which he was later recognized with a Distinguished Alumni Award. He also graduated from Western Michigan University as a Presidential Scholar in marketing, and received awards in marketing, advertising, economics among other topics. As an adjunct professor, he has taught at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for over twenty years a class called "Christianity and the Problem of Racism" with Professor Dean Borgman.
South Shore Christian Academy exists to glorify Jesus Christ by revealing truth, imparting knowledge, stimulating spiritual growth, and developing Christian character in young men and women through a college preparatory curriculum taught by Christian teachers. Every day in our classrooms, halls, labs, gym and on our fields, we seek to fulfill this mission through integrating Christian faith, rigorous academics and the core values of honesty, respect and a Christ-like attitude.
We offer three pillars found in Scripture as a roadmap to fulfilling our mission within each young man and woman who enters our school. Micah 6:8 tells us simply but profoundly, “…what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” While not accomplished perfectly, daily the men and women of SSCA seek to inspire and stoke within our students a burning desire for serving the Lord through living out these three directives. Our faculty and staff are driven in part by their desire to see the children live out their life of faith so that it brings goodness to the world.
We are honored to publicly recognize and celebrate the lifelong dedication and work of Mr. Ed Gaskin by bestowing upon him the very first Micah 6:8 Award conferred upon a member of our greater Christian Community.