Rev. Noel Andersen has served as Grassroots Coordinator for over three years with Church World Service out the Washington DC Advocacy Office. He became an expert on the 2014 Sanctuary Movement while serving as a national coordinator for the initiative meant to draw on the prophetic witness of congregation’s wanting to stop deportations and lift up the immigrant story of those struggling to keep their families together in midst of unjust immigration policies. Previously, he served as Assistant Pastor at the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Sahuarita, Arizona, just 40 miles form the U.S.- Mexico border where the congregation was very active in humanitarian aid for migrants on the border and in the struggle against anti-immigrant bill SB 1070. He has a Masters of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion where his emphasis was on theology of liberation which he studied extensively during his field study in El Salvador. He is fluent in Spanish and has worked for a number of nonprofit organizations in Central America and on the border focusing on community development, education and community organizing.
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