Anderson welcomed as new pastor of United Evangelical Covenant Church

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press Pastor Aaron Anderson sits at his desk at the United Evangelical Covenant Church in Gladstone recently. Anderson, originally from Ishpeming, was welcomed as the new pastor at the church, preaching his first service on Easter Sunday.

GLADSTONE — United Evangelical Covenant Church in Gladstone recently welcomed a new pastor. Aaron Anderson, originally from Ishpeming, gave his first sermon as the church’s pastor on Easter Sunday.

Anderson moved to Gladstone from Alaska, where he served as an associate youth pastor. The position at the Covenant Church is his first as a lead pastor.

The young pastor knew he wanted to serve God by the affirmation from the people around him, and he sensed a calling towards serving the Lord.

“It’s the thing I’m supposed to be doing,” said Anderson.

After finishing his seminary studies at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Anderson went to Africa, where he helped construct schools and did pastoral work.

Once the job in Gladstone was open, Anderson said he thought he would “throw his hat in the ring” at a chance to come back the Upper Peninsula and be closer to family and friends, noting he was ready for a new opportunity and challenge.

“It brings me back close to family,” said Anderson. “It feels like a good community to raise a family and to serve.”

Since arriving in Gladstone, Anderson said the people have been welcoming and kind, adding he’s ready to delve into the small community and develop relationships with the people around him.

“People have been super kind and hospitable,” said Anderson.