Church of the Holy Cross header image

Pastor`s Corner

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: Unexpected Christmas

Published on
December 20, 2017 It’s a funny thing about Christmas. We know what it’s supposed to look like. We know who’s supposed to be there. We know what everyone is supposed to do. It’s supposed to go “as planned.” And if it doesn’t, we get worried, sad, or upset. The shepherds on their hillside had less…
Categories: Pastor's Corner Reflections
Tags: #blessings, #Christmas, #unexpected

Pastor’s Corner: How Do We Keep from Dancing?

Published on
December 6, 2017 A friend of mine recently took a post-retirement job with a local church, doing many of the things that Momi Lyman so ably does for us here at Church of the Holy Cross. After her first day, she reported that things had gone well. The church was still standing. “Work harder,” I…
Categories: Pastor's Corner Reflections
Tags: #Joy, #Love, #work

Pastor’s Corner: Thanksgiving

Published on
The first American Thanksgiving did not take place in Plymouth, Massachusetts, attended by local Wampanoags and their new neighbors, that curious collection of English religious refugees and business speculators we call the Pilgrims. They did celebrate a successful harvest together in 1621, but oddly enough they did not call it a “thanksgiving.” Our modern observance…
Categories: Pastor's Corner Reflections
Tags: #thanksgiving

Pastor’s Corner: The Reformation at Five Hundred

Published on
November 1, 2017 Five hundred years ago yesterday, October 31, 1517, a German monk named Martin Luther nailed a long document to the door of his church in Wittenberg: his Ninety-Five Theses. They were actually proposals for a formal debate about the Church’s practice of selling “indulgences” – forgiveness for sins committed by the purchaser…
Categories: Pastor's Corner Reflections
Tags: #Love, #Reformation, #Reformation500

Pastor’s Corner: Devastation

Published on
October 18, 2017 What are we to do with all this devastation? The images from northern California, where wildfires have swept across vineyards, and then destroyed neighborhoods, make me weep. Three weeks after Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico, 80% of the people still lack electric service, and a third lack drinking water. Houston and a…
Categories: Pastor's Corner Reflections
Tags: #disaster

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

close window

Service Times & Directions

Sunday School Classes

Sunday 8:45 am

Sunday Worship Service

Sunday 10:00 am

Adult Bible Study

Monday 6:30 pm, Wednesday 9:00 am

(International Young Adults Association)
Bible Study

Wednesday 7:30 pm

The Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga

(The Rev. Tevita) Sunday 1:00 pm Wednesday 7:00 pm (Sanctuary)

The United Church of Christ, Pohnpei - Hilo

(The Rev. Ichiro) Sunday 10:00 am (Bdg. of Faith)

The Samoan Church

(The Rev. Sunia) Sunday 4:00 pm (Sanctuary)

440 W. Lanikaula Street
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 935-1283