Pat Anderson received the Ph.D. in Criminology from Florida State University. He earned the Bachelor of Arts degree from Furman University where he attended on a track scholarship. He earned Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and completed the coursework for the Master of Arts degree from Sam Houston State University.
He worked as a juvenile probation caseworker and casework supervisor in Ft. Worth, Texas. He was a pastor of small churches during college and seminary, has been an interim pastor on numerous occasions, and is an active churchman. He was Second Vice President of the Florida Baptist Convention. After receiving a grant to study the effects of legalized gambling on crime and other social problems, he led Florida Baptists and other religious groups in a campaign against the state lottery in 1986 and testified before several state legislative bodies as an expert opposed to legalized gambling. Along with his wife, Carolyn, he began and led the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Florida, and was elected as national moderator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
Dr. Anderson taught at Florida Community College at Jacksonville, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LSU School of Law, and University of North Florida. He retired as professor emeritus from Florida Southern College after a 25-year career there. His published books include "The Decision-Making Process: An Introduction to Criminal Justice" published by Carolina Academic Press in 2011, "Introduction to Criminal Justice" which completed six editions with Random House and then with McGraw-Hill, "Expert Witnesses:
Criminologists in the Courtroom," published by the State University of
New York Press and nominated for Outstanding Book by the Society for
the Study of Social Problems, "Going to Hard Places: Among the Gypsies," and "A Prototypical State Male Correctional Facility." He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and has written many opinion columns for major newspapers.
Dr. Anderson has served as a consultant for criminal justice agencies and as an expert witness in numerous federal court cases regarding police procedure, custody deaths, police pursuit, and incarceration of juveniles. His expert testimony was cited in two cases resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court.
He was named editor of Christian Ethics Today in 2010 and began his editorship in January of 2011 following Joe Truel who followed the founding editor of the journal, Foy Valentine.
Dr. Anderson has traveled broadly to more than 40 countries, many on behalf of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. He lives with his wife of 46 years, Carolyn, in Cedar Key, Fla., and Beech Mountain, N.C.