About Dave Anderson

lead pastor

I am a question asker, and I think that you can learn a lot about a person by the questions

that a person asks or does not ask. The question that I have for you is this: what is your role in

God’s story? The book that we call the Bible is the story of God. It is the story of how God plans to

bring people like you and me into right relationship with God. The Bible is full of stories about how

God uses people like you and me to fulfill God’s purpose of reestablishing right relationship with us. 

In essence, we are instruments of God’s truth, grace, love, and mercy to the world, and, as God’s

instruments, we have a role to play in God’s story. You do believe that each one of us has a role to play in

God’s story, don’t you? I mean, you don’t think that God would have created us without a role to play, 

do you? So, if someone would ask you, what is your role in God’s story right now, what would be your

response? Simply put, for me, asking this question began the process by which God transformed me

into a new person (i.e., a God-controlled and God-transformed person) who desires nothing more than

to be where God wants me to be in word, thought, deed and place at each moment. 

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MY ROLE AT MIDLAND NAZ  

Under God’s direction, is to set forth the vision/mission of MNC, to ensure that we liveout our vision/mission, to teach and to live God’s Word, and to be an instrument of God’s truth, grace, love and mercy in helping us understand and embrace our role in God’s story of bringing people like you and me back into right relationship with God. 


IF I HAD MY DREAM VACATION

I’d spend a summer traveling throughout Europe with Kristin visiting old castles and churches, enjoying cultural foods, staying at unique places, and watching Kristin’s eyes sparkle as we experience and see new things on this adventure. If I could do a hobby for a living I’d...be a football or baseball coach. 


 MY FAVORITE TEAM

The Steelers!


MY FAVORITE MOVIE

This is a hard question for me because I am a movie buff. Here are a few of my favorites – Braveheart, We are Marshall, Pale Rider, Dead Poet’s Society, Fireproof (and it's antithesis ...Revolutionary Road), and the Bourne Identity series. 


MY FAVORITE BOOK

This is another hard question because I am an avid reader. A few of my favorites include – Finishing Strong, Growing an Engaged Church, Jesus Wants to Save Christians, ReJesus, The Barbarian Way, Cold Mountain, The Imitation of Christ, The Drama of Scripture, anything written by Richard Foster, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Brennan Manning, N.T. Wright, and Max Lucado.


MY MOST REWARDING VOLUNTEER ACTIVITY

Coaching youth sports. 


MY FAMILY

I am married to a beautiful woman of God (Kristin) who, without saying more, is my I Corinthians 13, and we have two children – Luke and Grace. 


MY BACKGROUND

After obtaining a BA from Olivet Nazarene University in 1990 and a JD from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1993, I practiced law in Pittsburgh, PA from 1993-2000; and I continue to work with a consulting firm that provides financial, insurance, and other business advice to companies. In May 2005, I obtained a Master’s of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary.


CONTACT PASTOR DAVE

email: dave@midlandnaz.org

phone: 989-631-4620