1. Emily Anderson has served as Pastor of New Providence Presbyterian in Maryville, TN, since June 1999. She grew up in Houston, TX and graduated from Vanderbilt University and Princeton Theological Seminary. She received her Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary. Prior to her call to New Providence Emily served as Associate Pastor at the Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church in Tampa, Florida, and as Director of the Princeton Institute of Youth Ministry in Princeton, NJ. Among Emily’s many gifts are her outstanding sermons and her ability to juggle so many different tasks with grace and common sense.
2. Matt Cook joined the Center for Healthy Churches after having served local congregations for more than twenty-five years with nearly twenty years as Senior Pastor in churches in Texas, Arkansas, and North Carolina. Matt is a proud graduate of both Samford and Baylor Universities, having completed his undergraduate degree at Samford and his M.Div and Ph.D. (Church History) at Baylor University. When it comes to helping congregations, he combines research and scholarly insight with an emphasis on strategic focus and missional awareness. He has training and experience in strategic planning, staff reorganization and leadership development, as well as in assisting congregations in pastoral transitions. A noted speaker and preacher, Matt has also spoken in churches, at conferences, and on college campuses across the country. He has been highly involved in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship on a both the state and national level, having served on the Coordinating Councils of both Texas and Arkansas, as well as having served as the Moderator of CBF National. He was also the founding convenor of Current, CBF’s young leaders network. If you are interested in speaking with Matt about how he or any of our other consultants or coaches can assist you or your congregation, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read Matt’s blog posts here.