Rev. Dr. Herbert Anderson

Herbert Anderson is currently Research Professor of Practical Theology at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, where he is also “first man” to his wife, who is President of the same institution. In his role as “first man,” Herbert cooks dinners for donors, seeks to create a hospitable gathering place for students and faculty and visiting friends, and occasionally does toilets.

After being a parish pastor and hospital chaplain, Herbert Anderson began his teaching career at Princeton Theological Seminary in the fall of 1969. Since then, he has taught at Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa; Catholic Theological Union in Chicago; Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry; Fuller Seminary extension in Seattle; and Yale Divinity School. After retiring as Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Theology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, he was for three years Director of Pastoral Care at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Anderson is a Lutheran pastor whose ecumenical spirit has been fostered by working in a variety of contexts.

Dr. Anderson is the author or co-author of over 90 articles and 13 books on topics such as death and grief, family living, ritual and narrative, empathy, leaving home and living alone, men’s spirituality, suicide, outpatient care, hospitality, and ‘sense and nonsense in the wisdom of Dr. Seuss’. All Our Losses, All Our Griefs, co-authored with Kenneth Mitchell, is generally regarded as a classic in grief literature. He has co-authored five books on the family life-cycle entitled Leaving Home, Becoming Married, Regarding Children, Promising Again, and Living Alone. Essays collected in his honor are published in Mutuality Matters: Family, Faith, and Just Love. In his writing on the family, Dr. Anderson seeks to integrate theology and family systems theory with a sensitivity to the complexities of living in families today.

In addition to his writing, he has served on several editorial boards and is currently the Editor of Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry. A recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Anderson is a nationally and internationally known speaker in the areas of bereavement, family, and pastoral theology. Dr. Anderson has a son and daughter and three grandchildren.