“I am greatly pleased to answer God’s call to serve the mission of Christian higher education at Providence. The multiplication of leaders for God’s Kingdom has been my lifelong mission and I look forward to pursuing that vision across the multiple and varied life applications and ministries that this university and theological school represents. People need what Providence offers, and by God’s grace, I anticipate new and larger possibilities as we take this treasure to the world.”– Dr. Kent Anderson, PhD
25 Years at Northwest
Dr. Kent Anderson comes to Providence from Northwest Baptist Seminary in Langley, BC where he has served for 25 years as both president and professor of homiletics. He is a member of the board of directors of the Association of Theological Schools and the Fellowship of Evangelical Seminary Presidents. He is also a founder and executive partner of Symporus, providing leading technology and services to schools and missional organizations throughout North America.
He is best known for his pioneering leadership in competency-based theological education, having developed the first CBTE degree program accredited by the ATS, with a co-authored book on the subject forthcoming.
Anderson is also widely known for his work as a preacher and homiletician, with 12 years of full-time pastoral experience in the Fellowship Baptist movement in Western Canada. He has preached and taught in hundreds of churches across North America and the world. He has published four books on preaching, including Integrative Preaching from Baker Academic Press. He is also a founding member and past-president of the Evangelical Homiletics Society.
Anderson has dedicated most of his professional life to Christian education as a distinguished scholar, having graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX with a Doctor of Philosophy (1997).
He and his wife, Karen, have three grown children and four grandchildren. They enjoy music, the arts, and God’s creation outdoors together.
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