The phone rang on a cold afternoon last January, where good news was waiting on the other end for Trevecca alumnus, Ben Anderson (’11).
On the phone were members of Christ Church in South Nashville, asking Anderson to join the team as their senior pastor.
It was a call Anderson had waited and prayed over during the six-month discernment process with the church.
In May, Anderson was officially named senior pastor for Christ Church.
“Those six months were a journey of seeking the Lord of what He would have of me and to make clear this was where I was supposed to be,” Anderson said. “It was a journey of trusting God, and, through that, I feel I am ready to follow the Lord in this journey with Christ Church.”
Before stepping into the role as senior pastor, Anderson earned a master’s degree in religion from Trevecca in 2011 and completed his Master of Divinity at Vanderbilt in 2013.
Trevecca's master's program in religion was recently ranked among the top online master's programs in Christian counseling by OnlineMasters.com and ranked best in core pastoral counseling education in the ranking.
Anderson’s time as a graduate student at Trevecca was influenced by professors like Dr. Tim Green, dean of the Millard Reed School of Theology and Christian Ministry.
“Dr. Green's class changed my life and was revolutionary [in helping me develop] a hunger for the Word,” Anderson said. “I [began to see] the world through the lens of Scripture and how to live in this kingdom of God.”
Green says as a student of theology, Anderson is someone that exemplifies the teachings of Christ.
“Ben always demonstrated a deep commitment to solid biblical and theological study,” Green said. “At the same time, he demonstrates a deep commitment to the community and the world that he lives in. A passion for both comes together as one who ministers in an exemplary way.”
In 2015, Anderson joined the Millard Reed School of Theology and Christian Ministry as an adjunct professor and continues to teach in Trevecca’s degree-completion programs in management and leadership and online Christian ministry programs.
Moving forward in the role of executive pastor, Anderson is looking to help the congregation by empowering them where they are.
“Our church is in a part of town that is diverse in economic loops and social groups and we're excited about how God lets our church bring people in from all different backgrounds and be united in Christ,” Anderson said. “We are gathered to be sent into the world to be the body of Christ and that starts in our backyard.”
Green, who has been teaching at Trevecca since 1991, says Anderson is a great fit to lead a diverse congregation in a significant way.
“He is going to continue their great tradition of having ministers in the pulpit who will preach solid biblical and theological messages,” said Green. “He will bring incredibly solid love and passion for scripture to the church while bringing his people and the scripture together in a life-transforming way.”