Introducing our new Lead Pastor: David Anderson
I want to begin by sharing a little bit about my calling to ministry. I don’t think you find your calling, but rather, your calling finds you. In my experience, the process of Jesus moving anyone into vocational ministry is an odd and glorious combination of doubt, fear and excitement. My calling began with my parents. As a young boy I remember that a commitment to the Body of Christ was never an option for me. Not only did I need to be in church, but I needed to be serving and thinking about others when I was with the family of God. In junior high I signed up to work with the two-year olds on Sunday morning. I didn’t teach the lesson, lead the craft or do much at all, but my job was to build blocks so that wild two-year old boys could run through them and destroy them with great delight. It was such an odd start to ministry, but even at a young age, I began to fall in love with the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ and fall in love with the people for whom He came to die.
In junior high and high school, many godly men and women invested in my life. They lavished time, encouragement, and ministry opportunities on me. When I graduated high school, the youth pastor convinced me to take over a 6th grade small group in the junior high. It was in this ministry where I received some incredible training and experience. Shortly after that, I spent two summers with a wonderful family in Colorado. There, the youth pastor took me under his wing and challenged me over and over to focus on relationships and not programs. He convinced me that discipleship is life changing, and that you can change someone forever by spending intentional time with them and living the Christian life in front of them. From that time on, several other very significant men and women entered my life. Their authenticity, grace, tender love and affirmation have been so crucial to my growth.
In 1996 I graduated from Biola University in Christian Education. I also have a Masters in Theology (pastoral emphasis) from Dallas Theological Seminary (2001). My wife, Nancy, is a part-time 3rd grade teacher in Covina and a full-time mom and partner in ministry. We have five beautiful children: Jack (13), Rylie (10), and triplets Matthew, Morgan and Cameron (8). We live in Azusa, California, and our lifeline and foundation in Jesus Christ is our community of 30 years, Church of the Open Door.
I am so thrilled to shepherd Church of the Open Door and be a part of what God is doing here. Last year we reaffirmed our core distinctives as a community. These distinctives truly describe my heart for ministry moving forward:
- Teaching God’s unchanging Word (2 Tim 3:16-17, Heb. 4:12, Psalm 119:89).
- Trusting grace in community (Gal. 6:1-2, Eph. 4:1-3, Heb. 10:24-25)
- Moving forward through bold prayer (Heb. 4:15-16, John 16:24, Matt. 7:11).
- Making disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:18-20, 2 Tim. 2:2, Col. 1:27-29).
David & Nancy Anderson
To read an article about Dave & Nancy recently published in the San Gabriel Examiner, please click here