Blair Anderson formed the ministry of NEW HORIZONS after completing 32 years of fruitful parish ministry within the ELCA followed by an additional 10 years as a consulting associate. For 21 years, Pastor Anderson served Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Ramsey, MN, which grew significantly under his leadership. Effective management styles, innovative staffing, bold stewardship appeals, tireless attention to serving the larger community, and passion for ‘soul care’—all are hallmarks of Blair’s forty-five year ministry career.
Blair’s formation of NEW HORIZONS CONGREGATIONAL CONSULTING allows him to share his expertise in capital funding, strategic planning, church governance, stewardship enrichment, and parish leadership with congregations of all denominations and sizes across the United States. Blair has been an effective developer of leaders--both within his own congregation and within the church at large. One of his greatest passions is to invest in the next generation of leaders as coach, mentor, and encourager.
A graduate of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Business and Luther Seminary, Blair is a native of Tracy, MN. He and his wife, Betty, have two adult daughters and live in Mendota Heights, MN. He enjoys gardening, fishing, hiking, cross country and water skiing, and international travels which have led him to Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, India, China, and “Luther land.” Blair recently completed twelve years of serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN.
Blair believes the Church of Jesus Christ is the greatest enterprise on planet earth…the hope of the world…worthy of our best leadership…worthy of our best stewardship practices. He says about NEW HORIZONS, “I am thrilled to be the owner of this ‘cutting- edge’ organization which allows me opportunity to help local congregations to dream big and then fund those visions.”