David W. Gill is a writer and speaker based in his hometown, Oakland, California. He recently retired from his position as Mockler-Phillips Professor of Workplace Theology & Business Ethics and Director of the Mockler Center for Faith & Ethics in the Workplace at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton and Boston, Massachusetts (2010 – 2016). Prior to this, he served on the faculties of New College Berkeley (1977-90), North Park University (1992-2001) and St. Mary’s College (2004-2010).
He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (BA 1968), San Francisco State University (MA 1971), and University of Southern California (PhD 1979). He is the author of seven books including a two volume introduction to Christian ethics: Becoming Good: Building Moral Character and Doing Right: Practicing Ethical Principles (InterVarsity, 2000 & 2004) and a general market business ethics book, It’s About Excellence: Building Ethically Healthy Organizations (Wipf & Stock, 2008/2011).
He was raised in the Plymouth Brethren, ordained at Allen Temple Baptist Church (Oakland CA) and is a member of Solano Community Church (Albany CA). He has served as Interim Pastor at University Covenant Church (Davis CA) and Trinitarian Congregational Church (Wayland MA) and has been guest preacher or speaker for many churches and campus fellowships over the past 50 years. He has been married to Lucia (Paulson) since 1967. They are the parents of two and grandparents of six.
David W. Gill is a writer and speaker based in his hometown, Oakland. California. He recently retired from the faculty of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton and Boston, Massachusetts, where he served as Mockler-Phillips Professor of Workplace Theology & Business Ethics and Director of the Mockler Center for Faith & Ethics in the Workplace (2010 - 2016. Prior to this, he served six years as Professor of Business Ethics on the MBA faculty of St. Mary’s College of California (2004 – 2010), nine years as Carl I. Lindberg Professor of Applied Ethics at North Park University in Chicago (1992 – 2001), and thirteen years as founder, Professor of Christian Ethics and Dean or President at New College Berkeley, an interdenominational graduate school of theology for lay men and women (1977 – 1990).
David Gill received the B.A. (History) from the University of California, Berkeley (1968), the M.A. (History) from San Francisco State University (1971), and the Ph.D. (Religion/Social Ethics) from the University of Southern California (1979). Several summers (1982, 1988, 1991, 1995, 2002, 2006, 2015) and two sabbatical leaves (June 1984-June 1985; January-July 2000) were spent in further research in Bordeaux, France. He is best known as a scholar for his work on the thought of the French sociologist and ethicist Jacques Ellul and is founding President (2000) of the International Jacques Ellul Society (www.ellul.org). He has lectured and read papers at many scholarly associations, guest lectured on dozens of university, college and seminary campuses, and consulted for many business, health care, and educational organizations (visit www.ethixbiz.com for his profile as a business ethics consultant and writer). He has led retreats and workshops, preached sermons, and taught classes for hundreds of churches and campus Christian fellowships over the past 50 years.
In addition to more than 200 articles, chapters, and reviews in many different journals, magazines, books and other publications, Mr. Gill is the author of The Word of God in the Ethics of Jacques Ellul (Metuchen, New Jersey: Scarecrow Press [ATLA Monograph No. 20], 1984), Peter the Rock: Extraordinary Insights from an Ordinary Man (Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1986), The Opening of the Christian Mind (InterVarsity Press, 1989), and editor of Should God Get Tenure? Essays on Religion and Higher Education (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 1997). In 2004 he completed his two volume introduction to Christian ethics: Becoming Good: Building Moral Character and Doing Right: Practicing Ethical Principles (both published by InterVarsity Press, 2000 & 2004). His general market business ethics book, It’s About Excellence: Building Ethically-Healthy Organizations appeared in 2008 (Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2011). His current writing project is The God of Good Work -- - an introduction to workplace theology and discipleship.
David Gill was raised in the Plymouth Brethren. He was ordained at Allen Temple Baptist Church (Progressive National Baptist Convention) in his home town, Oakland CA. He served as Interim Senior Pastor at University Covenant Church (Davis CA, 1990 – 1992) and Trinitarian Congregational Church (Wayland MA, 2011 – 2012). He also served as J. Omar Good Distinguished Visiting Professor at Juniata College (Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, 1994-95) and Visiting Professor at the Sodra Vaterbygdens Folkhogskola (Jonkoping, Sweden, Fall 1999). During 1998-2003 Gill was co-founder and co-director of the Institute for Business, Technology, and Ethics. He has also worked as a factory laborer, public school teacher, and journalist.
Mr. Gill was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1946 but has lived most of his life in Berkeley or Oakland, California.. Since 1967 he has been married to Lucia (Paulson) with whom he has two children (Jodie (Gill) Hoffman and Jonathan Gill) and six grandchildren. The Gills are members of Solano Community Church in Albany CA.