R. Anderson Campbell
Assistant Professor of Christian Studies
DMin, George Fox University
MA, Regent University
BA, Brenau University
Teaching and Research Interests: Contemporary theology; Christian formation; biblical narrative; Christian faith and pop culture; the Bible and metaphor
R. Anderson Campbell came to George Fox in 2011, serving first as Facilitator of Online Education for George Fox Evangelical Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry department. In 2012 he began teaching religion courses as an adjunct for George Fox’s Adult Degree Program. In 2013, he taught in the seminary as an adjunct for both the Masters and Doctoral departments and began work as a doctoral advisor for DMin students undertaking work in areas related to cross-cultural ministry and cultural intelligence.
Anderson has an extensive ministry background, serving as a campus minister and an area director for the Coalition for Christian Outreach in both Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. He has worked in a variety of denominational contexts, as pastor to young adults and outreach in a small Presbyterian church, executive director of small groups in a non-denominational megachurch, and deacon of creative liturgy in an urban Foursquare church. He is also a Certified Coach with Creative Results Management and is pursuing his International Coach Federation Associate Coach Certification.
Anderson’s twin writing interests are creating space for voices that would otherwise go unheard and dreaming up ways for communities to more fully engage in their faith together. His first book, Father Factor (White Cloud, October 2014), is a collection of essays by forty average men under forty years old that explores the intersection of fatherhood and their Christian faith. Anderson’s writing has been featured in numerous places on the internet. He has written about lament for The Antioch Session, vocation for The High Calling, the practice of presence in social media for Faith On Campus, and pieces on equality and empathy on his own website, The Crooked Mouth. His teaching and study seeks to find ways to excite and inspire learners with the biblical narrative.
In addition to teaching, Anderson likes watching baseball and football. He grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and is still a big fan of the Braves and Falcons. He loves tattoos, hearing the stories behind them, and sharing the stories behind his. He is a dog lover, but has yet to have a dog of his own. Anderson is married and has two daughters. His family is a part of Theophilus Church in southeast Portland. They enjoy simple living, dinners outside with friends, and growing vegetables in their tiny garden.