Leith Anderson

Job Title


Pastoring, teaching, writing, speaking, and leadership.

Started at Bethel



Leith Anderson’s many interests have included pastoring, teaching, writing, speaking, and leadership. Anderson is Pastor Emeritus of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota where he was Senior Pastor for 35 years from 1977 through 2011. He is the president of the National Association of Evangelicals, holding this office from 2001 to 2002 and again from 2006 to the present. Leith speaks frequently at conferences, has traveled to all seven continents and has often been interviewed and quoted by publications and broadcasts including The New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, TIME, Christianity Today,  PBS, the BBC, NBC Nightly News, National Public Radio, CNN and others.  He served for two years under President Barack Obama on the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.  He is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago; Bradley University (BA in Sociology); Denver Seminary (Master of Divinity); Fuller Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry); and holds honorary doctorates from Cornerstone University, Eastern University and the Moody Bible Institute. Articles have been published in many periodicals and he has authored or co-authored over twenty books including Dying For Change, A Church For The Twenty-First Century, Winning The Values War, Praying To The God You Can Trust, and Leadership That Works. Leith and his wife, Charleen, have known each other all of their lives and have been married to each other most of their lives.  They have four children and make their home in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

Areas of expertise

Pastoring, teaching, writing, speaking, and leadership.