Getting to Know: Abby Anderson

March 16, 2023

What are you studying at Northern Seminary, and when do you anticipate graduating?

I am pursuing a Master of Arts in New Testament, and I anticipate graduating in 2024.

With so many seminary options today, why did you choose Northern for your studies?

The faculty was a huge draw for me as well as the intention put in to make distance learning interactive and human. In just a short amount of time, my cohort has developed an incredible bond, and the interaction I have had with the professors has been invaluable.

Who have been your favorite professors, and why?

Beth Jones is incredible. I sat through numerous theology courses in my undergrad years, but she is the first female theology professor I have had. Her attention to the implications as it pertains to women, and also men, has been an amazing experience for me and has brought fruitful insights into my pastoral counseling. Dr. Hatch is also an incredible professor who has brought a pastoral perspective to his teaching.

Which course has been your favorite, and why?

For many reasons, Introduction to New Testament Studies. It was the first intensive I took, Dr. McKnight is an incredible professor, the reading materials were interesting and challenging, the overarching and deep dive into the studies was a real joy, and I built relationships with fellow students.

What sets Northern apart from other seminaries or masters/doctoral level programs?

Faculty and student interaction in a distance education environment as well as Northern’s concern and love for local churches.

What is your favorite aspect of being at/studying at Northern?

I would have to say the intentional inclusion of diverse voices, which leads to a more robust education.

What is one very specific thing you’ve learned thus far at Northern?

Beth Jones having us sit with the implications of our theology as it pertains to very real-life situations.

What do you do outside of your studies at Northern?

I serve as pastor at Resurrection Assembly of God in Iowa City. I am married with four children ranging in age from 2 to 25. I love to garden, forage, cook (usually for large groups of people!), and make things in a variety of ways—from crocheting to woodworking.

What is one fun fact about you that many people might be surprised to learn?

I am an amateur butcher!

Rev. Abby Anderson is an ordained Assemblies of God minister who has been serving at Resurrection Assembly of God in Iowa City, IA, for more than a decade. She is involved in justice-oriented ministry to Iowa City, specializing in community building, housing, child homelessness, crisis management, and food insecurity. She delights in the sacred tasks of hospitality, biblical interpretation, and gospel proclamation to a dying world.