The President and the Board of Trustees of Acadia Divinity College (ADC) are pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Dr. Lennett J. Anderson, CD to the faculty as Lecturer in Leadership and Racial Justice, effective July 1, 2021. This is a half-time appointment, enabling Rev. Anderson to remain as Senior Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia, while helping to shape the next generation of Christian leaders.
“I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Rev. Anderson to our faculty,” says Dr. Anna Robbins, President of ADC. “I can’t think of anyone better to help shape the future ministry of our students in church and community leadership. Lennett is a committed and passionate servant of God, who is biblically-rooted and Spirit-led. As a gifted communicator and educator, he is active in redressing racial injustice in Atlantic Canada, from the context of a community where his own roots sink deeply.”
“We believe this partnership is critically important,” notes Dr. Robbins. “Rev. Anderson’s continued involvement in local church ministry ensures that our students are being prepared to serve with contemporary relevance. With Lennett Anderson on our faculty, as one who understands the practical realities of injustice and inequality, and who is leading a dynamic gospel ministry, our graduates will be better equipped to serve the mission of God with transformative impact. We need his voice and his mentorship to help shape the future of seminary education, and the church.”
Rev. Anderson agrees. “This dynamic duo of seminary-trained leaders and community is epic. The united collective of reflection and education will unlock tremendous potential for gaining and maintaining safe places and spaces for all of God’s children. I believe education is key, and that information, with action, can lead to transformation. The time for transformational leaders is NOW.”
Rev. Anderson is a graduate of Dalhousie University and Acadia University (MDiv 2000) and was ordained to Christian ministry in 2001. Since 1999 he has served as Senior Pastor of the church in which he was born and raised, which has grown under his leadership into a blended community of worshippers from diverse geographic, ethnic, cultural, and denominational backgrounds.
A retired commissioned Officer in the Canadian Forces where he served as Unit Chaplain for HMSC Scotian, Rev. Anderson has been recognized with numerous awards including the Medal of Excellence from the Navy League of Canada, the Canadian Forces Decoration Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Citizenship and an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from St. Thomas Christian College. Maclean’s magazine named Rev. Anderson as “one of five Canadian pastors who are breathing new life into their communities”. In 2016 he received the ADC Alumni Distinguished Service Award for significant contributions to ministry in his community and beyond. Rev. Anderson has worked tirelessly to promote racial justice with organizations such as the City of Halifax, the Halifax Regional Centre for Education, the Halifax Regional Police, and the African United Baptist Association of Nova Scotia.
“I am acutely aware of the difficulties associated with navigating race relations today,” says Rev. Anderson. “As a community of faith, our churches must seek to raise the social consciousness of our society. I believe that we have been charged with giving a voice to the silenced by addressing racial injustices and promoting justice and equity.”
Lennett is married to Dr. Késa Munroe-Anderson. They have three children and live in Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia.