Gordon-Conwell was founded in 1969 by evangelist Rev. Billy Graham, Dr. Harold John Ockenga, pastor of Boston's Park Street Church, and philanthropist J. Howard Pew. When they formed Gordon-Conwell through the merger of the Conwell School of Theology in Philadelphia and the Boston-based Gordon Divinity School, they envisioned an institution "established within a strong evangelical framework, an independent, interdenominational seminary whose constituents are united in the belief that the Bible is the infallible, authoritative Word of God...consecrated to educating men and women in all facets of gospel outreach." Gordon-Conwell continues to develop Christian leaders who are thoughtful, globally aware, spiritually mature and ready for a broad array of ministries. The seminary serves more than 2,000 students from 93 denominations and 39 countries on three campuses and an extension site, and maintains an international reputation for its faculty in Biblical Studies, Ministry and Theology.