Charles “Kim” Anderson (MDiv ’98), director of Fuller Northwest since 1997—a position he calls his “third career”—will retire July 31, 2014. A Seattle native, Anderson enjoyed a “first career” with Belknap Industries, a glass company, before moving in 1983 to commercial real estate as a “second career.” He then discerned a call to ministry, and to Fuller Northwest (FNW) leadership, in 1997.
Anderson’s background has proved invaluable as he has coached countless mid-career students at FNW in their own vocational discernment processes. His real estate experience helped him assess the campus’s needs and supervise its move to a new location last year. And he has worked to build awareness of FNW in the Seattle community in many ways over the years, most recently participating in the creation and overseeing the launch of the Fuller Institute for Theology and Northwest Culture.
His move to FNW “was a call,” says Anderson, in which he quickly saw the ways God had been preparing him for years. “This was one of the most unlikely careers I would have chosen for myself—but 17 years later, I can’t imagine how life would have been without this experience of helping equip God’s servants.”
"The Fuller community in the Pacific Northwest will miss Kim in his current position of service,” shares Martín Jimenez, program manager at Fuller Northwest and support and logistics lead at the Fuller Institute of Theology and Northwest Culture.
"Emails have been coming in daily expressing appreciation of Kim. His approach to leading the Fuller Northwest regional campus and greater Pacific Northwest community was deliberate and warm, professional and relational, always respectful, always pastoral. We look forward to seeing how God will use him in the future, and partnering with him in those endeavors."
Read more from Kim in his Director’s Message.
If you would like to write Kim a congratulatory or thank you email, send your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.