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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: I Believe in Singing

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January 19, 2022 I believe in singing. Unfortunately, I also have to acknowledge that singing in groups these days is too risky. But I believe in singing. The authors of the Scriptures endorsed singing over and over again. Moses sang. Miriam sang. Deborah sang. David sang. It’s even recorded that one of the last things…
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Pastor’s Corner: It’s Still a Long Road

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January 12, 2022 In November, the Board of Deacons set plans into motion to resume gathering for worship on some date in January. In December, a new wave of COVID-19 swept across the nation, across the Hawaiian Islands, and across Hawai’i Island. With new case counts soaring at levels we’ve never seen before the Board…
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Pastor’s Corner: Please Get Vaccinated

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January 5, 2022 As this year begins, the most important thing I can think of to say is: Please get vaccinated for COVID-19 (and for other dangerous communicable diseases like measles and rubella if you haven’t already been). The speed of this new wave of illness is stunning. We have set another record on this…
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Pastor’s Corner: Counseling Twenty Twenty-one

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December 29, 2021 “So, Twenty Twenty-one, what brings you to my office?” “Everybody hates me.” “Nonsense. I’m sure somebody likes you.” “Nope. Nobody. I mean, do you like me?” “Well, of course, I…” “No, you don’t. Let’s get real. I was supposed to be some kind of Jubilee year, wasn’t I? Everybody released from the…
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Pastor’s Corner: You Can Do This Hard Thing

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September 29, 2021 A friend sent me a link to a Carrie Newcomer song recently: “You Can Do This Hard Thing.” It was well timed, arriving at the beginning of a day when, to be honest, I was not certain I had all that I needed to get all the things done. The song itself…
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Tags: Confidence

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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