Garwood P. Anderson is professor of New Testament and Greek at Nashotah House Theological Seminary. His academic journey in biblical studies began while he was an undergraduate. Sensing a call to ministry of some kind and having a persistent interest in theological issues, Anderson prepared to attend seminary upon graduation. That plan was deferred and enriched by 17 years of ministry on the staff of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (1984-2001), where he ministered on numerous college campuses, including as the Divisional Director for Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for 11 years.
He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and completed his PhD at Marquette University.
Before coming to Nashotah House in 2007, Anderson was on the faculty of Asbury Theological Seminary (Orlando campus, 2002-07). He has also taught as a visiting professor at Bethel Theological Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Reformed Theological Seminary, and the West African Theological Seminary in Lagos, Nigeria.
A committed teacher and frequent retreat speaker, Anderson was recognized with Asbury Theological Seminary’s 2006-2007 Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award.
Anderson’s research interests center especially on narrative approaches to reading the gospels, the parables of Jesus, Pauline soteriology, and the theological appropriation of the New Testament. His publications include articles and reviews in the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, The Journal for the Study of the New Testament, The Scottish Journal of Theology, Review of Biblical Literature, Catalyst, and Lectionary Homiletics and reference articles in The Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters, the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, and the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (2d ed., 2013).
His current research project (Paul’s New Perspective: A Soteriological Itinerary; IVP Academic, forthcoming) argues, in a conversation with the “new perspective on Paul” and its detractors, for a development of Pauline soteriology that both accommodates and critiques these divergent approaches to Paul.
His hobbies include sports of all kinds and music — especially classical, English choral music, and jazz. Anderson and his wife, Dawn, married in 1983, are the parents of three grown children: Thaddaeus, Lindsay, and Lauren.