Passionate about social activism and proclaiming a theology open and accessible to all, Edward L.Anderson is a third generation Pastor who serves the historic McCarty Memorial Christian Church located in the West Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles. Previous to McCarty Memorial CC, Edward served as Assistant Minister at Burbank First Christian where he was affectionately known as Pastor Eddie.
Born to Priscilla and Reverend Ganus Anderson, military veteran and community mentor, Pastor Eddie was instilled with a heart for the people. His paternal grandfather, the late Honorable Reverend Willie Anderson Sr., was a civil rights activist, politician, and prophetic preacher in South Georgia and paved the way for Pastor Eddie to walk a life of integrity speaking truth to power. Calling out the injustice and working for justice, the scripture of calling for Pastor Eddie’s life has been Isaiah, Chapter 42, verses 1-7 which say in part, “I am the LORD. I have called you in righteous, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a Covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.”
Pastor Eddie is a passionate preacher who has been blessed to inspire those on the journey of faith from diverse backgrounds and across generations. In addition to Sunday sermons, Pastor Eddie has preached at camps, conferences, and revivals. His central message is the broken body of the sacred can be mended because God is calling each of us towards lives of creativity, liberation, and wholeness.
To this end, Pastor Eddie has constantly fought for the justice and wholeness of his fellow humanity through his various leadership positions and organizational involvement. He has worked with political campaigns, schools, and community development initiatives to motivate passions, organize strategy and navigate inequality. In graduate school, Pastor Eddie uplifted minority voices as President of the Pan-African Seminarians Association and as a representative on the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion. He has worked to improve the lines of dialogue between diverse racial and religious groups as the former Co-Chairperson of the Interreligious Council at Claremont School of Theology and currently as a co-organizer of Trust Talks LA, an organization which holds roundtable discussions between the LAPD and the community of Los Angeles concerning policing and policy issues in Downtown LA in an effort to bring forth collaborative solutions.
Pastor Eddie’s activism continues as Board Member of Eastmont Community Center, Crossroads, and Progressive Christians Uniting. Eastmont Community Center is a regional unit of the Disciples of Christ which helps the Latinx community of East L.A. gain access to citizenship and food security, helping over 10,000 individuals a year. Crossroads Inc, is a nonprofit in Claremont which provides housing, education, support, counseling, and employment training for women who have been incarcerated. As a board member of Progressive Christians Uniting, he engages people and communities to embody Jesus’ way of compassion and justice for our world.
Most importantly he looks forward to journeying with the vibrant and historic community of McCarty Memorial Christian Church as we embark upon a journey of remembering our past, re-imaging our future, and restoring our community while making religion as intelligent as science, as appealing as art, as vital as the day’s work, as intimate as home, and as inspiring as love.” Inviting all to the table of love and compassion that Jesus sets for us.
He holds degrees from Morehouse College and Claremont School of Theology, is a published author and blogger and serves on various regional committees including the Youth Immersion Ministry. Currently, he is completing a Masters of Divinity Degree at Claremont School of Theology/Disciples Seminary Foundation as a Bethany Fellow and Preston Taylor Fellow.