Leith Anderson

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Leith Anderson (born 1944) is the President of the National Association of Evangelicals.[1][2][3][4] He served as senior pastor of Wooddale Church, in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, from 1977 to 2011.[1][2][3][4][5]


He graduated from Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois; Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois (BA in Sociology); Denver Seminary, Denver, Colorado; Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California (Doctor of Ministry).[5]

He has written articles published in many periodicals, and he has authored eight books.[5] He hosted a nationally syndicated radio ministry called Faith Matters, broadcast on Christian radio stations since 1999.[4][5]

As a Denver Seminary alumnus, Anderson served as the interim president of that institution in 1999–2000.

Anderson is the president of the U.S. National Association of Evangelicals, replacing Ted Haggard on 4 November 2006.[4] He had also been president of the group from 2001 to 2003.[4]

Anderson is a proponent of the Bible Literacy Project's curriculum, The Bible and Its Influence, for public high school literature courses.[6]

In November 2009, Anderson signed an ecumenical statement known as the Manhattan Declaration calling on Evangelicals, Catholics and Orthodox not to comply with rules and laws permitting abortion, same-sex marriage and other ideals that go against their religious consciences.[7]

Anderson retired after 35 years as the Senior Pastor at Wooddale Church on December 31, 2011.[8]


  1. ^ a b On Faith Panelists Blog: There is No Gay Marriage in the Bible – Leith Anderson. Newsweek.washingtonpost.com. Retrieved on 2011-06-22.
  2. ^ a b Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly . PROFILE . LEITH ANDERSON . November 24, 2006. PBS (2006-11-24). Retrieved on 2011-06-22.
  3. ^ a b Senate statement. (PDF) . Retrieved on 2011-06-22.
  4. ^ a b c d e NAE Formally Names Leith Anderson President, Christian News. Christianpost.com (2007-10-15). Retrieved on 2011-06-22.
  5. ^ a b c d Pastor Leith Anderson – Faith Matters Christian Radio Sermons, Ministry Broadcast, Podcasts. Oneplace.com (2011-06-17). Retrieved on 2011-06-22.
  6. ^ Press Room: Scholars and Leaders. BibleLiteracy.org (2011-06-05). Retrieved on 2011-06-22.
  7. ^ “Manhattan Declaration” Embodies U.S. Christian Pushback against Abortion, Same-Sex “Marriage”. LifeSiteNews.com (2009-11-20). Retrieved on 2011-06-22.
  8. ^ http://www.wooddale.org/news/retirement-announcement/


  • A Church for the 21st Century (1992)
  • Who's in Charge: Mastering Ministry (1993)
  • Winning the Values War in a Changing Culture: Thirteen Distinct Values That Mark a Follower of Jesus Christ (1994)
  • Dying for Change (1998)
  • Praying to the God You Can Trust (1998)
  • Leadership That Works: Hope and Direction for Church and Parachurch Leaders in Today's Complex World (2001)
  • Becoming Friends With God: A Devotional Invitation to Intimacy With God (2001)
  • Jesus: An Intimate Portrait of the Man, His Land, and His People (2006)
  • Igniting Worship Series – 40 Days with Jesus: Worship Services and Video Clips on DVD (2006)
  • How to Act Like a Christian (2006)
  • The Jesus Revolution: Learning from Christ's First Followers (2009)
Religious titles
Preceded by
Kevin Mannoia
President of the National Association of Evangelicals
Succeeded by
Ted Haggard
Preceded by
Ted Haggard
President of the National Association of Evangelicals
Succeeded by