Langley, B.C., December 1, 2020 – After 25 years of faithful service, Dr. Kent Anderson announced his resignation as President of Northwest Seminary and College, effective May 31, 2021.
In his statement, Kent explained, “Upon the unanimous call of the board of Providence University College and Theological Seminary I have confirmed my agreement to serve as their fifteenth president. This has come as a great surprise to me as I was not seeking new opportunity. However, as it became evident to me that this was the Spirit’s leading, I felt compelled to submit.”
Kent joined the faculty of Northwest in 1995 teaching in the area of homiletics, leadership and spiritual formation. He served as Professor of Homiletics, gaining full professorship in 2009, and served as Academic Dean from 2000-2010. In 2011 Kent began the role of President of Northwest. During his tenure as President, Kent’s entrepreneurial leadership brought about great development in the area of competency-based theological education, seeing its fullest fruition in the Immerse program. As well, Kent initiated the development of cutting edge software for online education resulting in our partnership in Symporus. He more than doubled our staff to meet the emerging challenges we have faced, and developed global partnerships in CBTE. Kent worked effectively in representing our fellowship and school within ACTS, and has led us in a successful $1.7 million capital campaign for the construction of new headquarters for Northwest on the TWU campus.
The Board of Governors at Northwest will be working with Kent and the leadership team at Northwest to determine a transition plan for the next six months, as well as the timing to commence the search for a new President. In the interim period a transition team has been established to provide leadership until a suitable replacement can be found.
“I am saddened by Kent’s departure but wish him and his wife Karen every success in the new challenges before them. I know, because He called Kent to serve in this new capacity, that God already has in mind who he wants to lead us into this newest expression of our mission for Him.” Dennis Wasyliw, BOG chairman.
Northwest Seminary and College equips ministry leaders for service to churches and agencies in the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches and beyond. It achieves this through the offering of English and Korean language graduate theological degrees through its Langley, B.C. campus, and graduate and undergraduate degrees delivered in-context and in partnership through competency-based theological education. Northwest is a member of ACTS Seminaries (www.actsseminaries.com), accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (www.ats.edu), and chartered to grant theological degrees by the Province of British Columbia, Canada.
CONTACT: Dennis Wasyliw
Chair, Board of Governors