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Alumnus’s ministry approaches win plaudits from community newspaper

Seminary graduate the Rev. Keith Anderson (STM ’02) recently earned plaudits as “Citizen of the Week” from the Ambler (PA) Gazette.

The Rev. Keith Anderson“With programs like ‘God on Tap’ and ‘Coffee and Conversation’ and  ‘Ashes on the Go’, Anderson has made it his mission to break down the walls of the church and rewrite the definition of what organized religion looks like,” the Gazette wrote in an article by Eric Devlin. Anderson has been one of the pastors at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church for about a year and a half after having served a congregation in Boston for 10 years. The father of four explained the new programs he established are an attempt to reach out to the community surrounding Upper Dublin Church on its own turf. God on Tap is an evening of beer and conversation at a brewing company in Ambler. Coffee and Conversation at a different establishment is designed to appeal to a different type of drinking crowd. The goal, he explained, is to connect with people in a comfortable setting that doesn’t feel too overwhelming or preachy.

On Ash Wednesday, Anderson delivered ashes to people at a nearby train station “who otherwise might not get to church … These programs are part of a bigger idea that we want to be present in our community and know our community,” Anderson said. “We don’t want church to be about just what happens in our church building. We want church to be a much broader idea — about where we’re connecting, where we’re engaging, who’s part of our community.” Pr. Anderson will be on Day 1 (formerly The Protestant Hour) programs airing July 6 and 13. Learn more at Day1.org – you can find and subscribe to the podcast through iTunes. He is and co-author with Elizabeth Drescher of “Click2Save: The Digital Media Bible.”

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