The Rev. Dr. Kim W. Anderson is the Pastor of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, Harlem, New York. She was appointed by Bishop Richard Franklin Norris in the108th year of the church’s history, becoming their first female pastor. Rev. Anderson serves on several committees in the First Episcopal District, New York Conference and Manhattan District levels of the A.M.E. Church. Prior to her appointment to Metropolitan, Rev. Anderson pastored Friendship A.M.E. Church in Browns Mills, NJ and served as Dean of Ministerial Training for the New Jersey Conference. She accepted her call to the ministry in her home church, St. Luke A.M.E. Church, Newark, NJ, under the leadership of the Rev. John G. Ragin.
Rev. Anderson has served as an academic advisor for the New Brunswick Theological Seminary Pastoral Care and Counseling Doctorate of Ministry Program. She was a 2015-2016 Faith and Justice Fellow with The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies in New York City, concentrating on breaking the stigma surrounding mental and emotional health. She earned her Doctorate of Ministry from Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University in the area of Marriage and Family. She holds a Master of Divinity from the Theological Seminary of Drew University, where she received honors for her creativity and overall excellence in the areas of Womanist Scholarship, Pulpit Oratory, and Community Life Ministry. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Montclair State University.
Rev. Anderson has worked for several social service agencies providing in-home counseling and support to children in Foster and Adoptive care. She has also worked for PBS - Channel Thirteen/WNET, New York, managing the local educational training team, training teachers how to effectively use television and technology in the classroom. In addition, she managed The Teen Leadership Institute and served as an associate producer and advisor for the video series, Ethical Choices. She also served as a consulting outreach coordinator for the weekly news program, Religion and Ethics. She is a lover of the theatre, having worked many years with The Ensemble Theatre Company. She has worked on other independent projects, her favorite being the one-woman showcase, “S.O.S. – Sisters of Survival.”
She is a native of Newark, NJ and is the daughter of Willean Anderson and the late Eural Anthony Anderson. She is the oldest to her sister Tosha and is the proud Auntie to Tianna and Jaylen; and Great Auntie to Maliah.
Rev. Anderson is profoundly humbled by the call on her life and desires to please God and serve the people of God in love. “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”