Dr. Gordon Anderson
"Dr. Anderson is one of those rare leaders whose impact extends far beyond his immediate responsibilities. Not only has North Central thrived under his leadership; but the Assemblies of God, here in Minnesota and across our nation, have been blessed and made better because of his influence."
-Clarence St. John, Superintendent, Minnesota District
Audiences are continually challenged and encouraged through the ministry, preaching, and leadership of Dr. Anderson. His speaking style delivers poignant truth with content-based teaching and practical application. His messages are a reflection of his dedication to the truth.
In 2010, North Central University celebrated the 15th anniversary of Dr. Gordon Anderson’s presidency. Anderson’s professional experience includes fourteen years of pastoral leadership and more than 28 years as a college professor and administrator.
Since Anderson accepted the presidency, the University has achieved record enrollment levels, significant business and operational gains, and consistent academic vision. Anderson’s passion for Christ, commitment to the vision of the institution and frequent interaction with students are key elements of his leadership.
In addition to his duties at North Central, Anderson is currently a member of the Assemblies of God National Commission on Doctrinal Purity, AG Alliance for Christian Higher Education, and Executive Presbytery. In 1997, Anderson chaired the Spiritual Life Committee for the General Council. Anderson served as Director of the Eurasia Education Office for the Division of Foreign Missions from 1993 to 1998. Under his leadership, the Eurasia Education Association and the Eurasia Accrediting Association were founded.
Born November 11, 1946 in Scottsbluff, Neb., Anderson received his first degree in 1970, from Southern California College. He was ordained by the Assemblies of God in 1973 while serving as senior pastor at Chapel of the Plains Assembly of God in Stoneham, Colo. From 1974 to 1982, Anderson pastored the Life Center Assembly of God in Portland, Ore. During this time he earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a master’s degree in History from the University of Portland. He moved with his family to Minneapolis in 1982 to serve as a professor at North Central. Anderson earned his doctorate in Ancient Studies from the University of Minnesota in 1986.
An authority on Pentecostal doctrine, Anderson has written and published several books and articles. Orphans and Kings and Pentecostal Hermeneutics are two books authored by Anderson (currently out of print). He is well-known for his video and audio tape series, the Unshakable Truth and A Theology of Revival. From 1991 to 1995, he hosted a 30-minute radio program titled “Christianity in Culture” that was broadcast on WIBI in Illinois. Anderson is also a contributor to Assemblies of God publications, including the Enrichment Journal where the article, “Baptism in the Holy Spirit, Initial Evidence and a New Model” was published in 2005.
Gordon and his wife of almost 45 years, Dianne, have two adult sons, Jeffrey and Cameron, and four grandchildren. Anderson visits the West Coast where he enjoys crabbing and clamming with his family. He also enjoys gardening, hiking and pheasant hunting.