Meet Neil Anderson

Dr. Neil Anderson has nearly 25 years of pastoral and teaching experience. He now dedicates his ministry to writing, teaching, and public speaking with the aim of helping the church minister more effectively to its members through what he calls "discipleship-counseling." This includes helping believers deal with the spiritual and emotional baggage they bring with them into the Christian life by dealing with unconfessed sin, understanding their identity "in Christ," and experiencing the freedom that relationship produces in order to fulfill the Great Commission more effectively.

Raised on a farm in Minnesota, Anderson spent four years in the Navy and four years as an aerospace engineer before answering the call to full-time ministry. His extensive education includes a B.S. from Arizona State University, an Ed.D. from Pepperdine University, plus an M.A. in Christian education, M.Div., and D.Min. from the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. He taught for 10 years at Talbot, where he served as chairman of the Practical Theology Department, then went on to found the Freedom in Christ Ministries(FICM), which now has offices in Canada, Europe, India, and the U.S. He is now the President emeritus of FICM.

His bestsellers are numerous, but his most popular books are The Bondage Breaker®, and Victory over the Darkness. Among his many other bestsellers are: The Christ-Centered Marriage, which addresses spousal relationships between each other and God; God's Power at Work in You, encouragement for holy living in a fallen world; Daily in Christ, a daily devotional written with his wife, Joanne; Freedom from Addiction, a Christ-centered model for recovery; The Seduction of Our Children, a resource for parents to help counter the world’s assault on the family; and many more.

At the heart of Anderson's teachings is his belief that most emotional and spiritual problems faced by Christians are the result of inadequate discipling earlier in their lives. They have been deceived by the devil and need to experience their freedom in Christ by dealing with their sins and believing the truth about themselves as children of God. Anderson often seeks to integrate psychology with theology to help Christians find freedom in Christ from emotional and spiritual bondage. Anderson does not support the idea that "the devil made me do it," but he does contend that a believer can be deceived by "the one who deceives the whole world" and can be tempted to try to meet their needs apart from their relationship to Christ. Anderson is committed to his cause, which has led thousands of troubled people throughout the world to freedom in Christ. He continues to pour his energies into his writing, seminars, conferences for Christian leaders, and teaching appearances at several seminaries.

Neil and Joanne have been married for more than 30 years and have two grown children. They make their home near Phoenix, Arizona.

Last updated June 2008

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