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]


The NAE Board of Directors unanimously named Anderson, a distinguished Christian leader, Bible teacher and church pastor, the NAE president in October 2007, after twice having served as interim president.[6]

He regularly teaches in seminaries, addresses evangelical concerns with elected officials, counsels denominational executives, and provides theological and cultural commentary to leading news outlets. Anderson has also served on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

While at Wooddale Church, Anderson’s nationally syndicated radio programs, “Faith Matters” and “Faith Minute,” were heard in cities across America and around the world. During his tenure, Wooddale planted nine daughter churches.[7] Anderson retired after 35 years as the senior pastor at Wooddale Church on December 31, 2011.[8]

Anderson has been published in many periodicals and has written over 20 books.[9]

He graduated from Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois; Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois (BA in Sociology); Denver Seminary, Denver, Colorado; and Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California (Doctor of Ministry).[5] From 1999-2000, Anderson served as interim president of Denver Seminary.


  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 NAE Formally Names Leith Anderson President, Christian News. Christianpost.com (2007-10-15). Retrieved on 2011-06-22.
  5. ^ a b Pastor Leith Anderson – Faith Matters Christian Radio Sermons, Ministry Broadcast, Podcasts. Oneplace.com (2011-06-17). Retrieved on 2011-06-22.
  6. ^ "History - National Association of Evangelicals".
  7. ^ "History - Wooddale Church".
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-01. Retrieved 2011-06-30.
  9. ^ "Leadership - National Association of Evangelicals".


  • Making Happiness Happen (1987)
  • Mastering Church Management (1991)
  • 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)
  • When God Says No (1996)
  • 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)
  • Faith Matters (2011)
  • The Volunteer Church (2015)
  • Faith in the Voting Booth (2016)
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