Rev. Dr. David is Co-Director at Milestones Ministry. He received his M. Ed. from Pacific Lutheran University (1975), M.Div. from Wartburg Seminary, M.Th. (New Testament Studies) from Luther Seminary (1989), and his Th.D. (Pastoral Theology) from Luther Seminary (1990). David has written numerous books and articles on partnering home and congregation in faith formation. Some of his publications include the following:
- Frogs without Legs Can’t Hear: Nurturing Disciples in Home and Congregation (co-author)
- Coming of Age: Exploring the Identity and Spirituality of Younger Men (co-author)
- The Child In Our Hands Leadership Manual
- From the Great Omission to Vibrant Faith
- Vibrant Faith in the Congregation
- Shepherd of Souls: Faith Formation Through Trusted Relationships
David W. Anderson is known ecumenically and internationally for his work in cross+generational faith formation and outreach. “Where Christ is present in faith, the home is church, too.” This message has been at the heart of Anderson’s work as a pastor, speaker, coach, and author. Through his leadership at The Youth & Family Institute, Vibrant Faith Ministries, and now as co-director at Milestones Ministry, LLC, he helps develop resources, coaches leaders, and makes presentations to promote the vital partnership between home and congregation for the sake of a world in need of the good news of Jesus Christ.
David has been married to Gloria over 44 years. Together they have raised two children (Kirsten and Jeremy). Kirsten and her husband Matthew and Jeremy and his wife Kirsti have blessed David and Gloria with six granddaughters, all of whom live within minutes of each other. Their family life has allowed them to actively engage in the faith practices David has been teaching over the years.
Debbie is Co-Director at Milestones Ministry and has facilitated, overseen, organized, and developed faith formation programs for all ages in the congregational setting for the past 25 + years. She helped design the Milestones Ministry modules for the congregation and home and coordinated and contributed to the writing of the Adult Milestones. She implemented and used Milestones in the congregational setting for years. She is a certified coach, has been an Associate for Lifelong Faith Associates and contributed articles to the Lifelong Faith Journal , and currently is part of the faculty for Vibrant Faith. She served on the board of the Christian Education Network for the ELCA in the role of president and facilitates faith formation groups and a puppet ministry team in her home congregation. She has worked closely with Faith Inkubators resources and has consulted and led events across the United States, Canada, and Australia for congregations focusing on the importance of establishing faith practices in the congregation and in the home. Link to Debbie’s articles.
Her background is in language. Coupled with her passion for family ministry, she uses her knowledge and experience learned from teaching foreign languages as a tool to implement systems for teaching about immersion in the language of faith. Her vision is to involve all ages in faith formation, strengthen family relationships through Spiritual growth, and empower God-given gifts to do ministry.
Debbie has lived in many places across the country, in Spain, and in Japan thanks to her husband’s 26 year career in the Navy. She and her husband Burt have been married for 40 years and have been blessed with three sons, two daughter-in-laws, and two grandsons. Debbie and Burt are highly involved in their home congregation and also lead a cross-generational puppet ministry team.
David and Debbie are delighted to introduce you to the rest of the team, their spouses, Gloria and Burt. Both couples have been supportive of one another’s ministries and understand the importance of passing on the faith to the next generation. Their passion for celebrating memorable moments in the faith lives of their children and grandchildren is a compliment to their work with Milestones Ministry, LLC to better serve you in your ministry from hands-on experience.
Gloria M. Anderson is the Milestones Ministry Faith Formation Specialist and a retired school teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She has taught kindergarten through sixth grade. She has also served as a mentor to other teachers in her school district. Her wisdom and relational skills made her a beloved and trusted teacher to students, teachers, and staff. In the life of the congregation, Gloria has shared her gifts of teaching and music in Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. She has also been a confirmation and young adult mentor.
She has a passion for teaching and regularly using resources that nurture the Christian faith. Together with her husband David, she has experienced a rich variety of milestones ministry occasions with family and friends in their home. She is very committed to help people speak the faith out loud and to practice the faith in daily life. As a grandmother, she now looks forward to nurture the Christian faith with a whole new generation of young people.
Gloria is excited to be part of Milestones Ministry, LLC and to work with Debbie, Burt, David, and many others who want to provide resources that nurture the Christian faith in daily life. Her hope and prayer is that this ministry will support and strengthen the faith and daily life of children, youth, and adults of all ages. Gloria and David have been married for over 44 years. Together they have raised two children (Kirsten and Jeremy). Kirsten and her husband Matthew and Jeremy and his wife Kirsti have blessed them with six granddaughters, all of whom live within minutes of each other. Their family life has allowed them to actively engage in daily faith practices together.
Burt is the Chief Administrative Officer at Milestones Ministry and a registered professional engineer (PE) and a principal research scientist for the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA), specializing in leadership, infrastructure readiness and resource management. Burt has a Doctor of Management in Business Management from the International Management Centres Association in Buckingham, England which he has used to help guide and establish the financial operations of Milestones Ministry LLC.
His background has included 26 years of active duty in the United States Navy as a Naval Officer, achieving the rank of Captain. In addition he directed for several years a national facilities services business operation with over 2,500 employees servicing public school districts in 20 states for a Fortune 500 company. He has provided professional research and analyses products for the Navy and Marine Corps for the past eleven years and recently retired and transitioned to part-time consulting for CNA.
Burt has had the pleasure of mentoring and teaching every age level of youth from pre-school through high school with Debbie and others in various congregations for many years. Burt has gained an understanding and appreciation for lifelong faith formation through first-hand experience. He has a deep appreciation for the benefits of faith practice development and the celebration of life’s milestones in the congregation and the home. Burt uses his training and experience to support the Milestones Ministry LLC team. He is the president of the church council in his home congregation and along with Debbie serves in many other ways. Burt and Debbie have been married for 40 years and enjoy having an opportunity to work together. They travel to visit family often as their sons and families are now located in Virginia, Missouri, and London, England.