Anderson to receive Young Alumni Award
BY REBECCA SVEC
September 20, 2018
(Courtesy of Doane University)
Zachary Anderson ’07, Senior Pastor of the United Methodist Church in Goodland, Kansas, will be honored at Homecoming as the recipient of Doane's Young Alumni Award. Zachary will be honored at the alumni awards banquet Sunday, October 7 at Noon inside Perry Campus Center.
A native of Wahoo, Zachary came to Doane by association, tagging along on his best friend’s campus visit. Once he arrived on the campus at Crete, however, he wanted to enroll himself. His best friend became his first-year roommate.
Zachary would make many more friends and fill many roles at Doane, and go on to use his education and passion for service to better each community he has joined since that time, including his current role as Senior Pastor of the United Methodist Church in Goodland.
Zachary’s “focus verse” for life and ministry exemplifies his life as a servant leader. He chose the Bible verse, Micah 6:8: “What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God?”
His years at Doane were an early preview of the accomplishments to follow. Zachary became a Resident Assistant for Frees Hall, the President of the Greek Council, a Relay for Life committee member, an Orientation Leader, women’s basketball student assistant, summer conference staff member, and Liberal Arts Seminar teaching assistant. He joined the Alpha Pi Epsilon fraternity and also participated in Circle K, Interfraternity Council, Tiger Pep Band, Collegiate Chorale, and Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.
Zachary received Doane’s Alumni Senior Award and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration. His continued ties to Doane including his current role with the Alpha Pi Epsilon Alumni Association and his work with a team to create an endowed scholarship for current fraternity actives.
Since 2008 he has served as pastor of United Methodist Churches in rural Seward and Lancaster County; in Papillion and Omaha and now Goodland, Kansas, where he lives with his wife, Nicole. He is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and received a Master of Divinity degree from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City in 2011. He was ordained in June of 2013.
Since starting as Senior Pastor in Goodland in 2017, church attendance has risen as well as the congregation’s engagement with its community. He currently is working with community leaders to establish a Circles of Hope program to help reduce and eliminate poverty in the area.
Poverty and hunger have been at the heart of much of his work and volunteer roles for years. Zachary is a past board member of United Methodist Ministries of the Missouri River District. The board’s main focus was “The Big Garden Program", which helped to establish more than 160 community gardens in Nebraska, Kansas, and southwest Iowa.
Zachary is also a past board member and finance team member for the Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless, where he assisted in the yearly proposal to HUD to secure funding for the Omaha Metro area homelessness programs. Other service in Nebraska included his time as a board member and president of Nebraska Leadership Seminar, Inc., which offers leadership development opportunities for high-school students.
His volunteer work as the United Methodist Church’s Assistant Peace with Justice Coordinator took him to the Nebraska Unicameral and Washington D.C., advocating for peace and justice in society from a faith perspective.
Two honors received in 2016 allowed him to serve on a national and global scale. Zachary was elected by clergy in Kansas and Nebraska to serve as one of six clergy delegates to the international General Conference for the United Methodist Church, the top policy making body for the denomination. The same year, he was asked to join the board of directors for the General Commission on Religion and Race of the United Methodist Church, a global board of 23 members that supports leaders of the church to help them embrace cultural diversity in their congregations and communities.
For his accomplishments and the difference he continually makes in his professional and volunteer roles, Zachary is the 2018 recipient of Doane’s Young Alumni Award, given to graduates who are 35 years of age or younger who demonstrate a lasting commitment to the highest ideals and models of excellence exemplified by Doane University.