Dr. Garwood P. Anderson is provost, dean, and president of Nashotah House Theological Seminary.
His academic journey in biblical studies began while 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). He served on numerous college campuses, including as the divisional director for Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for 11 years.
Before coming to Nashotah House in 2007, Anderson was on the faculty of Asbury Theological Seminary’s Orlando campus from 2002 to 2007. 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 2006-07 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 Testam
He has written articles and reviews in TheCatholic Biblical Quarterly, The Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Interpretation, The Scottish Journal of Theology, Review of Biblical Literature, Catalyst, Lectionary Homiletics and numerous reference articles in The Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters, TheNew Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (2d ed.), and the Lexham Bible Dictionary and Lexham Theological Wordbook (Logos Bible Software).
Anderson’s hobbies include sports of all kinds and music — especially classical, English choral music, and jazz. He has been married to Dawn since 1983, and they have three grown children: Thaddaeus (married to Danica), Lindsay (married to George), and Lauren. He and his family attend Zion Episcopal Church in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, which he serves as a member of the vestry.
“That’s no way to talk to the Pope.” This gratuitous and immature comment was my lame attempt at humor. The occasion was the reading of the notorious incident in Syrian Antioch, narrated by St. Paul in Galatians 2:11-14, Paul upbraiding Cephas.
I am an almost classic case of the evangelical on the Canterbury Trail, but I don’t see the evidence that the graceful aestheticism of liturgy “produces” gracious persons or that worshiping in the beauty of holiness makes holy persons.