Bachelor of Arts, Tennessee Temple College
Bachelor of Divinity, North Baptist Theological Seminary
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Illinois: (Thesis project on first unit church design and master planning for church sites.)
Prior to his architectural training, Gordon spent nine years with the American Baptist Churches undertaking three pastorates with four different building programs. It was during this time that he realized when it came to church architecture there was an absence of any logical progression of priorities in Master Planning by architects and little awareness of the need for a functional, transitional use of spaces by church planners. This revelation challenged him to find a general model for church planning that would function as a tool for any congregation desiring to create a quality, functional facility that would meet their ministry needs and financial ability. Upon his graduation from the University of Illinois, his extensive knowledge of programming and design work was incorporated into a working relationship with private architectural firms, The American Baptist Extension Corporation, and Dimensional Dynamics.
In addition to supervising the architectural programs for the American Baptist and Brethren Churches, Gordon formed Dimensional Dynamics in 1971 to deliver a variety of architectural and programming services to churches, camps, housing and health care organizations.
Demonstration models of energy conservation and solar energy had been among his top priorities since 1974. Standards set by him for the American Baptist Extension Corporation have become the standards for most other denominations.
Gordon died suddenly on September 11, 1993. He had been deeply committed to the future of churches as change agents for their communities and the church facility as an effective tool to enable ministry and mission to take place. His great joy was teaching others to first understand the church’s mission and then apply sound planning principles to provide facility solutions based on that mission.
Bachelor of Architecture, Oklahoma State University, 1988
A.I.A. Delaware – Member; N.C.A.R.B. – Member; East Marlborough Township Historical Commission – Chairman; Engineering Ministries International – Representative and Volunteer
Connecticut , Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia
Joining the firm in 1991 and under the direct tutelage of the Rev. L. Gordon Bucy founder of Dimensional Dynamics, John honed his strong design skills which enabled him to quickly translate the multi-faceted needs of church clients into practical solutions. His sensitivity toward functional concerns allows him to integrate all details of the design process into a functional finished facility.
John is passionate about the work he is doing with Dimensional Dynamics, Architects and Planners in serving the ministry needs of churches through their facility designs. He continues with the company’s vision, started in 1971, to serve churches throughout the United States by leading them through the processes of planning, designing, and construction of quality, functional facilities to meet their ministry needs and financial abilities.
John, a native of California, graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelors of Architecture. After graduation, John moved to the East Coast to work in the field of Architectural Design and Planning. He has work with the firms of: John M Dickey, Architect; Shriver and Holland Associates; David Beck Associates, Cee Jay Frederick Associates and Dimensional Dynamics, Architects and Planners where he has been the President and Owner since 1998.
Professionally, John is a member of AIA, NCARB. and serves as the Chair of the East Marlborough Township Historic Commission and is an eMi Representative for Pennsylvania and Delaware. He has also previously served on the Boards of the Chadds Ford Historic Society and the Chadds Ford Business Association.
Personally, John served for many years as an elder in the Kennett Square Presbyterian Church and on many committees of the Church and Presbytery. John and his wife, Lora, are currently members of Manor Presbyterian Church, located in Cochranville, Pa. where he serves as an elder. They reside in a one hundred and fifty plus year old barn which they started converting into their residence in 1993. John’s appreciation of renovation concerns in older facilities comes from this “hands on” perspective. While rehabilitating this structure into his own residence, his understanding of the importance of master planning and phasing has greatly increased.
Upon the sudden death of Rev. Bucy in 1993, John continued to support the vision set forth by the founder years earlier. In 1998, John was given the opportunity to take the reins of Dimensional Dynamics, thus allowing him the ability to not only reinforce the previous vision to serve church clients throughout the United States, but to also guide Dimensional Dynamics through the ever-changing technologies of today.
Since joining the firm, John has been delighted to meet, direct, design and oversee the construction of church facilities in many different states, denominations and architectural styles. His continuing desire to serve church clients to meet all their facility needs is paramount to his guidance of Dimensional Dynamics, Architects and Planners, Inc.