Peter Anderson, PhD, serves as the Assistant Dean in the College of Theology at Grand Canyon Theological Seminary. He holds degrees in theology and Christian ethics, receiving his PhD from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. His research interests include Christian social ethics and social action, as well as theology and biblical studies. Dr. Anderson is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the International Jacques Ellul Society.
Tell us a little about yourself.
Well, I grew up on a farm in West Virginia, so much of my life has been spent outdoors. Whether it’s hiking, mountain biking, or white water rafting, I have a passion for experiencing and taking in the wonder of God’s good creation. What a gift to see God’s glory displayed in nature’s diversity and beauty!
My parents serve in Christian higher education as well as having operated a farm. As a result, I was raised to love Jesus, books and hard work. I am married to my gifted partner, Rachel and together we have five children ranging from one-years-old to eight-years-old, as well as having a 3 year old Spanador. We stay really busy but love every minute of the life God has given us. I am also an avid European football fan who enjoys good coffee (in the morning), green tea (in the afternoon) and music (anytime).
What do you enjoy most about your ministry in the College of Theology?
While it was a bit of a trek to relocate from North Carolina, God has been so kind to guide me and my family to GCU. I feel privileged to enable and equip the faculty and students in the College of Theology and Grand Canyon Theological Seminary for service in the kingdom of God.
It’s rare to find a job that so closely suits your passions and calling, but I definitely see how my current role offers me a chance to do just that, follow my passions and calling. Ultimately, I love the chance to help others have academic success, personal well-being and spiritual health, all in service to Christ and his kingdom.
If you could offer a word of advice to theology students, what would you say?
A few things come to mind, but I’ll focus on just one that’s been important in my journey. Take time to reflect on God’s goodness every day. All we are and all we have flows from his abundant mercy and kindness. Sadly, we can quickly become self-reliant as we learn and mature in the Christian faith. It’s actually quite ironic that the more we gain knowledge and experience, the more we need to become like little children before God (Matt. 18:2-4).
Despite all you might learn or any skill you might gain, you never grow beyond the grace received in Christ Jesus. As you daily reflect on God’s lovingkindness, you guard yourself against the pride that can come with advanced theological study or ministry expertise.
Instead of pride, prayerful reflection on God’s goodness welcomes the Spirit’s presence through every step of your life. Living out such practiced dependence on God cultivates spiritual health far beyond a college or seminary degree at GCU. It shapes a life lived well, a life lived for God’s glory!
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