Dr. Richard Anderson

Dr. Richard Anderson

Adjunct Professor of Theology

Email: andersonrg@tntemple.edu

Academic Education


  • D.Min. - Temple Baptist Seminary of Tennessee Temple University
  • M.A. in Military Operational Art and Science - Air University
  • C.P.E. - Walter Reed Army Medical Center (4 Units)
  • M.Div. - Beeson Divinity School of Samford University
  • B.S. - Welch College
  • Standard Teacher Diploma - Evangelical Teacher Training Association

Military Education


  • Air War College, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
  • Wing Chaplain Course, Chaplain Corps College, Fort Jackson, South Carolina
  • Intermediate Chaplain Course, Chaplain Service Institute, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
  • Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
  • Global War on Terrorism Ministry Issues Course, Chaplain Service Institute, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
  • Introduction to Special Operations Course, USAF Special Operations School, Joint Special Operations University, Hurlburt Field, Florida
  • Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
  • Critical Incident Stress Management Refresher, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Course, LivingWorks Education, Fairborn, Ohio
  • ASIST Training for Trainers Course, LivingWorks Education, Fairborn, Ohio
  • Phoenix Readiness Chaplain Service Course, Air Mobility Warfare Center, Fort Dix, New Jersey
  • Peer Support Course, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Hill Air Force Base, Utah
  • Critical Incident Stress Management Course, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Hill Air Force Base, Utah
  • Orientation Chaplain Course, Chaplain Service Institute, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
  • Christian Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program, PREP, Inc., Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • Ministry in a Combat Environment (Combat Arms), Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana
  • Family Ministry Training Program, Family Life Chaplain Training Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • Basic Chaplain Sustainment Training, US Army Chaplain Center and School, Fort Jackson, South Carolina
  • Basic Airborne Training, US Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia
  • Doctrine and Tactics Training, Regional Training Site (Medical), Fort Gordon, Georgia
  • Ministry in a Combat Environment (Combat Support), Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana
  • Chaplain Officer Basic Course, US Army Chaplain Center and School, Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Academic Experience


  • Adjunct Professor in the School of Theology and Ministry of Tennessee Temple University, 2014 - Present

Teaching Specializations


  • Bible Courses
  • Chaplaincy Courses
  • Leadership Courses
  • Pastoral Ministry Courses

Ministry & Professional Experience


  • 2014 - Present, Wing Chaplain, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada
  • 2012 - 2014, Wing Chaplain, Creech Air Force Base, Nevada
  • 2011 - 2012, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
  • 2009 - 2011, Deputy, Protestant Accessions, Headquarters Air Force Recruiting Service, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas
  • 2007 - 2009, Protestant Chaplain Recruiter, Headquarters Air Force Recruiting Service, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas
  • 2005 - 2007, Senior Protestant Chaplain, Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal
  • 2004 - 2005, Protestant Chaplain, Hurlburt Field, Florida and Joint Task Force Installation Chaplain for Special Operations Forces, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, Classified Location
  • 2003 - 2004, Student, Clinical Pastoral Education Center, Department of Ministry and Pastoral Care, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC
  • 2001 -2003, Protestant Chaplain, Hill Air Force Base, Utah
  • 1999 - 2001, Squadron Chaplain, 1st Squadron (AIRBORNE), 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • 1998 - 1999, Battalion Chaplain, 28th Combat Support Hospital, 55th Medical Group, 44th Medical Brigade, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • 1993 - 1997, Pastor, Townley Free Will Baptist Church, Townley, Alabama
  • 1991 - 1992, Associate Pastor, Ashland City Free Will Baptist Church, Ashland City, Tennessee

Denominational & Community Service


  • Endorsed for Military Ministry by the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention
  • 2012 - 2014, Pulpit Supply at Spring Valley Baptist Church, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2011 - 2012, Pulpit Supply at Taylor Road Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama
  • 2007 - 2011, Pulpit Supply at First Baptist Church, Universal City, Texas
  • 2007 - 2011, Discipleship Instructor at First Baptist Church, Universal City, Texas

Publications & Presentations


  • 2012 Academic Paper entitled, "Thou Shalt Not Kill: Conscientious Objection and the Decalogue" for Military Commander and the Law (Air University)
  • 2011 Academic Paper entitled, "The First Amendment and Pluralism: Implications for Ministry in the Military" for Legally Leading the Fight (Air University)
  • 2011 Dissertation: "God's Code of Conduct: A Model for Mentoring Protestant Airmen in the United States Air Force" (Temple Baptist Seminary of Tennessee Temple University)

Special Recognitions


  • Meritorious Service Medals
  • Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Commendation Medals
  • Army Commendation Medals
  • Meritorious Unit Award
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Air Force Overseas Short Ribbon
  • Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
  • Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon
  • Air Force Recruiter Ribbon
  • Air Force Training Ribbon
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • 2012 Honor Graduate - Air University, Montgomery, Alabama (GPA: 3.936)
  • 2011 Orland Reynolds Superior Scholarship Award Winner - Temple Baptist Seminary of Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 2011 Honor Graduate - Temple Baptist Seminary of Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga, Tennessee (GPA: 4.0)
  • 2001 Distinguished Graduate - Orientation Chaplain Course, Chaplain Service Institute, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
  • 1996 Honor Graduate - Beeson Divinity School of Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama (GPA: 3.965)
  • 1990 Honor Graduate - Welch College, Nashville, Tennessee (GPA: 3.89)

Family


  • Married to Faith VanWinkle Anderson of Fulton, MS since 1990. Three children: Caroline Grace, who preceded them to heaven on June 5, 1999; Richard II (“Jack”); and Jonathan Wesley.