David W. Anderson earned a BA in Bible from Gordon College, an MEd in special education from Temple University, an EdD in special education/early childhood education from the University of North Dakota, and a certificate in Theological Studies from Bethel Seminary (MN). For more than forty years, he has been involved in special education/disability studies, including teaching in regular and special education setting, doing psychoeducational assessment, serving as a resource consultant to schools, and training teachers for special education. In 2007, he retired from Bethel University (Minnesota), where he was professor and director of graduate programs in special education. He is emeritus professor of education at Bethel University.
David has authored several journal articles and presented at professional meetings internationally, focusing on aspects of special education and inclusion. Much of his writing centers on biblical/theological issues related to special education/disability studies. In 2005, he and his wife formed Crossing Bridges, Inc., an educational ministry primarily oriented toward creating awareness of disability issues among churches and Bible schools around the world and working with indigenous ministries that serve individuals and families affected by disability. Through Crossing Bridges, he has taught in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Central and South America, helping church leaders to see the necessity of, and develop skills for, ministry within the disability community.
David and his wife of forty-eight years currently live in Woodinville, Washington. They have three grown daughters and eight grandchildren.