Leith Anderson is president emeritus of the National Association of Evangelicals and pastor emeritus of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He served as NAE president from 2007-2019, after twice serving as interim president. He served as senior pastor of Wooddale Church for 35 years before retiring in 2011. He has been published in many periodicals and has written over 20 books. Anderson has a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, and is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Bradley University and Denver Seminary.
In a few days, Pope Francis will address our nation, carrying a message of hope, particularly for those who live on the margins of our society — the poor, the dispossessed, the immigrant and the refugee. His historic visit is an opportunity to catalyze new efforts to respond to the world refugee crisis and to reenergize the currently stalled efforts to fix our broken immigration system.
The plight of Syrian refugees trying to reach Europe, with the contrasting responses of rejection and welcome, has captured the world’s attention in recent days. We identify with the hopes and aspirations of parents seeking a safe place to raise their kids. Catholics and evangelicals who follow Jesus, who fled the persecution of Herod and was Himself a refugee, are called by God to open our hearts to the persecuted.