David Anderson

DA-headshot2Dr. David Anderson, founder and President of the BridgeLeader Network (BLN), is one of the world’s leading authorities on building bridges across the deep divides of race, faith, culture and wealth.  His work has brought hope and healing to communities, families and people in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America.
Wherever there is a divide, Anderson seeks to build a bridge through relevant and intelligent conversation.  His insight, vision, and passion have made him a widely sought speaker, writer, and consultant for major national and international events and policy initiatives. He has appeared on ABC, FOX, BET, TBN and CSPAN television networks and has been interviewed on more than 2,000 radio stations worldwide.


Known as the bridge-building voice in the Nation’s Capital, Anderson hosts of the daily radio talk show “Afternoons with Dr. David Anderson” on WAVA (105.1 FM) – the most listened to Christian Talk Station on the East Coast and the 2nd most listened to Christian Talk station in the nation.


David Anderson earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 2001 from Oxford Graduate School’s American Centre for Religion and Society Studies in the US, while studying and defending his essays at Oxford University in England.  Dr. Anderson is a Fellow in the Oxford Society of Scholars for his post doctoral research on multicultural leadership.  He also serves on the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) Dialogue of Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) Advisory Committee.

As the founder and senior pastor of Bridgeway Community Church, Dr. Anderson reaches a dynamic, multicultural congregation of nearly 4,000 weekly attendees, from more than 52 different nations, located in Columbia, Maryland.

Dr. Anderson is the author of several books on race and diversity, including Letters Across the Divide (Baker, 2001), Multicultural Ministry (Zondervan, 2004), and the award-winning Gracism: The Art of Inclusion (IVP, 2007). In 2010 Dr. Anderson edited and co-authored the acclaimed Multicultural Ministry Handbook: Creatively Connecting to a Diverse World (IVP, 2010). His most recent book, I Forgrace You: Doing Good to Those Who Have Hurt You (IVP, 2011) is now available. In a book he has co-authored, Dr. Anderson will release a new, ground breaking book with a global perspective in the fall of 2013 titled The Uncommon Table: Building Bridges Across the World’s Deepest Divides.


Dr. Anderson and his family live in the Washington DC, Baltimore metropolitan area.