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Pastor Eric Anderson

Pastor Eric Anderson

The Rev. Eric S. Anderson began serving as pastor of Church of the Holy Cross in April 2016, providing worship leadership, spiritual nurture, pastoral care, and community engagement to the congregation – and, of course, a handlebar moustache.

Before coming to Hilo, he served as Associate Conference Minister for Proclamation, Identity, and Communication for the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ, working from its headquarters in Hartford, Connecticut. Over seventeen years, he rose from part-time editor of its newspaper to oversight of its communications ministry, implementing the transition to Internet based communications using text, still images, audio, and video.

Born in Middletown, Connecticut, to Lynn and Maren Anderson, he grew up in nearby Vernon, Connecticut, where his father was an educator in the public schools. His father lives now in Southwick, Massachusetts; Maren Anderson died in 1983. Eric received his A.B. degree in Theatre Arts from Cornell University in 1985 and his M.Div. degree from Andover Newton Theological School in 1988.

Ordained in 1988, he began his ministry by serving two congregations: the First Congregational Church UCC of Mechanic Falls, Maine, and the neighboring Oxford Congregational Church UCC. He returned to Connecticut in 1993, and took up a series of interim calls: First Congregational Church UCC in Meriden, Connecticut; Oxford UCC in Oxford, Connecticut; Seymour Congregational Church UCC in Seymour, Connecticut; and Center Congregational Church UCC in Torrington, Connecticut.

Also in 1993, he launched a private Information Technology consulting business with the goal of supporting the ministry of local churches. This coincided with the emergence of the World Wide Web as a communication platform, and his work in this area led to his expanding responsibilities with the Connecticut Conference.

Rev. Anderson has two adult children: Brendan, born in 1992, and Rebekah, born in 1995. Brendan currently lives in Boston, and Rebekah is a student at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Rev. Anderson is one of three ministers in his immediate family – he is the youngest of the three and has been ordained the longest. After retiring from the public schools his father, the Rev. Lynn Anderson, completed his M.Div. degree and served three churches as an interim pastor. While attending seminary, his father met and married a fellow student, the Rev. Shirley Anderson, who retired just a few years ago after serving two UCC churches in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Other Interests
In addition to sermons, spiritual reflections, and the occasional news story, Rev. Anderson writes poems and music for enlightenment (and for fun). He plays six and twelve-string guitar and has begun practicing the ukulele. He and a friend, the Rev. Paul Bryant-Smith, have performed as “Boys in Hats” for twenty years, sharing their love for folk music of America and the British isles.

As well as music, he enjoys creative photography, exploring cuisines, walking in nature’s beauty, and settling down with a good book (in addition to the Good Book).

“God has been extraordinarily good to me,” he says,” to bring me to Church of the Holy Cross, and see the love of God expressed so joyfully in a place of such astonishing beauty.”

Pastor’s Corner Reflections

The Pastor’s Corner” is a regular feature of The Messenger  newsletter.

Pastor’s Corner: Christmas Giving

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Pastor’s Corner: Once Again

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November 20, 2019 Two weeks ago, I wrote about things that didn’t seem like they’d work, but, “Why not? Let’s give them a try.” This issue I say, “Let’s do something again.” Advent is almost here. The first Sunday in Advent is December 1st, right around the corner. We’ve got Christmas Caroling and a Pageant…
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Pastor’s Corner: It Shouldn’t Have Worked

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November 6, 2019 Sometimes the things you think will work… don’t. Sometimes the things you think won’t work… do. The world is a confusing place. Life confirmed this simple truth once more for me as I selected my shoes for the YWCA’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event last month. In years past, I…
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Pastor’s Corner: Plimsoll Lines

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October 2, 2019 On the side of a cargo ship are a series of horizontal lines. Known as load lines or Plimsoll lines, they indicate the deepest safe displacement of that particular ship in different conditions. The top line, which would be at the water’s edge for the heaviest load, is for tropical fresh water…
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Pastor’s Corner: God’s Most Precious Gift

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September 18, 2019 With some sticky notes on the wall, we looked at ways we’ve brought ourselves through stressful times on September 8th. With those few words and some larger papers for categories, the participants taught one another and learned from one another things that had worked (and things that had not worked) to sustain…
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Tags: Companionship, Help, Resilience

How to reach Pastor Eric:

Office Phone: 935-1283
Home Phone (forwards to cell): 464-4884
Cell Phone (from cell phone or for text messaging): 203-215-9054
Twitter: @esanderson

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