Central Christian College philosophy and religion professor Rev. Larry Anderson, Th.D., recently returned to campus from the Society of Biblical Literature and American Association of Religion joint conference in Chicago, where he had the unique opportunity to present his paper on homiletics and Bible studies.
More than 30,000 people traveled from across the globe to attend the three-day event, which united religious leaders, instructors and others with both liberal and conservative religious views.
Dr. Anderson was one of only 500 professors, experts and pastors selected to speak at the conference. This was his first presentation at the conference and a great honor not only for him as an instructor but for the college as a whole said Dr. Lenny Favara, Central Christian College Provost.
“Dr. Anderson’s presence at this conference is a reminder that though we are a small college, located in the central part of the U.S., we still have a global impact,” Dr. Favara said. “I am immensely proud of Dr. Anderson and his work. His contributions have marked him as a renowned scholar and have reflected positively on Central Christian and the city of McPherson.”
Having recently completed his doctorial thesis, Dr. Anderson was encouraged by Dr. Glen Lorenz, chairman of Central Christian College’s department of ministry and theology, to submit a proposal to conference organizers based on his thesis work.
Dr. Anderson said he was surprised to be selected and considered it a great honor to be part of an elite group of religious scholars.
Speaking at the conference, Dr. Anderson said, not only allowed him a new professional opportunity but also presented opportunities for him to interact with others in his field and fellow professors studying homiletics.
“It was very interesting,” Anderson said. “I have never done anything like that before. It was a great opportunity for me to interact with so many great people.”
Anderson earned his masters in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., and his doctorate in theology from the University of Zululand in South Africa. He has been a member of the college’s faculty since 1998 and became a member of Central’s degree completion faculty in 2001. Anderson is an ordained minister and before teaching, served as a pastor in the Free Methodist denomination.