Dr. Clyde A. Anderson
A Congregational Development Specialist and a Global Mission Interpreter, Dr. Clyde A. Anderson has served for more than 30 years the United Methodist Church at the local, national and international levels. He is the immediate former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Clergy and Providers for Racial Healthcare Equality. CPRHE seeks to dramatically reduce the growing number of racial healthcare disparities and other diseases that disproportionately affect people of color. Under his leadership CPRHE has created win-win relationships with the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry; maximizing the repositioning/training of clergy and laity in the 5 boroughs of New York City to care for those who are underserved in their congregations. He conducts weekly media conferences with pastors, community leaders and other professionals to address issues of repurposing, retooling, congregations to harness the power and impact the Health, Wellness & Lifestyle of the people in their communities.
His ministry commenced in 1974 as a student pastor in the South Carolina Conference where he received his deacon’s orders in 1978 and his elder’s orders in 1980. As a member of the New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, he formerly served as the Executive Director/CEO of The United Methodist City Society of New York, a multi-ethnic community based organization that works cooperatively with other denominational and ecumenical agencies to develop human and financial needs to empower and transform urban churches and communities throughout the five (5) boroughs of New York City. Humanitarian and world traveler, he also served as Executive Secretary for the General Board of Global Ministries in both the National and World Program Divisions with specific mission responsibilities throughout the United States, Africa, Middle East and Europe.
Impacted by his parent’s moral fortitude and strong work ethic, coupled with his own conviction and commitment to achieve academic excellence, Anderson believed that his journey in life would take him far beyond his humble beginnings. Even at the early age of 15, he stated in an essay that he “wanted to work with all races and classes of people regardless of their station in life.” He never knew the broader implications or prophetic reality of his words, until he traveled to Africa decades later. He has been featured in international documentaries on both radio and television.
Anderson’s parents believed that education is the greatest deterrent to racism. They worked hard and encouraged each of their twelve (12) children to reach their highest level of achievement. Dr. Anderson was called to the ministry in his pre-adolescent years. Following his passion and his parent’s advice, Anderson enrolled at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy; his Master of Divinity Degree from Gammon Theological Seminary and the Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Ga., his Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, OH, and an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from his undergraduate alma mater, Claflin University. He was certified as Congregational Development Leadership Specialist by University Associates of San Diego, CA. He has taught in the United Methodist School of Mission at Duke University, N.C., Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI and Hofstra University, New York.