Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary

South Hamilton, Massachusetts

Master of Arts in Theological Studies (Missions/Evangelism,) summa cum laude, 1992

  • Leighton Frederick Sandys Ford Memorial Scholarship, 1989

  • National Dean's List, 1989-90, 1990-91

  • All-American Scholar Collegiate Award Nomination, 1991

  • Byington Scholar, 1991

  • President's Scholarship for Missions/Evangelism, 1991

  • Phi Alpha Chi Honor Society, 1992

  • Christian Thought Award Division Award in Missions, 1992


Alongside full-time seminary studies for three years, I maintained involvement in architecture, design and graphics by working part-time for Albert "Tito" Harkness in Ipswich, MA, consulting for the design of a home for a professor, and delving into the world of watercolor painting. I also compiled a book called "More To Be Desired Than Gold," true stories told by Dr. J Christy Wilson Jr. during his many years teaching at Gordon Conwell. The book has been translated into a number languages, and more than 40,000 are in print.



Watercolor of a playground built by students in memory of the late Eric Rouse














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Miscellaneous sketches done for a local architect



More To Be Desired Than Gold

A collection of true stories as told by J. Christy Wilson Jr.

Originally written and compiled by Ivan Chow from lecture tapes and personal notes, 1991

Edited by Helen S. Mooradkanian

First Edition: 1992. Second Edition, Revised: 1994. Third Edition, Revised: 1996. Fourth Edition: 1998.  Special Printing, Intervarsity's Urbana 2000 Student Mission Convention: 2000. 



Excerpts from the back cover 


"Countless successful preachers of the Gospel have used illustrations to help listeners better understand and come to experience God's presence in their everyday lives. These stories serve to illustrate that the real-life experiences of Christians both at home and abroad are stranger than fiction. Not only do we value the marvelous things the Bible says, but I think you will enjoy reading here in this book about the amazing things that the living God does."

-Billy Graham





"This book grabs you from the first open page you see. Here, in the first-person drama, are the incredible tales of a modern mystic, scholar, missionary and prime mover whose quiet testimony and faithful life have blessed countless people - and surely will bless those who are so fortunate as to encounter this book."

-Dr. Ralph D. Winter   









"Ivan S. Chow was born in England and grew up in Southeast Asia, emigrated to the States in 1975, graduated from the University of California in Berkeley in architecture with highest honors, and then got his Masters at Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1982. He worked as an architect in California. Following the Lord's call, he also completed his MATS degree at Gordon-Conwell Summa Cum Laude with an emphasis in missions and evangelism. His grandfather was a dedicated pastor in China. Ivan's vision has produced this book."

-Dr. J Christy Wilson Jr








Art Exhibition by Ivan S. Chow

Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary library foyer, Summer 1991

Arranged by Professor Richard Peace
















Baptism of Jesus














Internal Conflict














Doorway to Heaven













Other artwork by Ivan Chow


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