Get To Know The Collage Staff – Chad Anderson
Every so often we like to introduce you to one of our Collage staff members or volunteers to help you get to know them a little bit. During these Q&A blogs we’ll ask them about their role at Collage, their families and we’ll try to give you an inside scoop into their lives to discover their favorite movies, most embarrassing moments or other fun things you’ll find interesting.
This week we want to introduce you to Chad Anderson, aka. “The Sex Guy.”
Chad, thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions to help our friends get to know you a little bit. First off, what is your favorite thing about working at Collage?
Love the passion. It’s so fun to get to know staff and volunteers, to hear their heart for all that the Collage Center stands for. And I get the opportunity to speak into the lives of hundreds of high school students every year and to hear a bit of their stories. It’s a blast.
Would you share a little about your background. Where did you go to school and what is your real job when you’re not volunteering at Collage?
Celebrating 20 year high school reunion this summer! Go GI Northwest Vikings!!!
Graduated from Doane College and later from Covenant Theological Seminary. I work as a pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Kearney, with some very generous and gracious people.
What hobbies to you have outside of work?
Are family time and exercise hobbies? Board games, reading books, cooking and eating together as family. Camping in the summer, baking bread whenever. Triathlons are a way for me to stay a little in shape and really, just trying to keep up with Pastor Greg Mast! He’s a stud!!
We will definitely count family time as a hobby. Speaking of family, we’d love to hear about yours.
Married to Deborah for 14 years with two boys, Barnabas-9 and Stephen-7. Poor Deborah is quite outnumbered. Favorite things include picnics, playing “Apples to Apples” or “Wits & Wagers”, reading fun books together, adventures in Colorado or Wisconsin.
What is your favorite thing about living in Central Nebraska?
Great place to raise a family. People wave to you and say hello and are generally kind-hearted folks.
We do have some great neighbors, don’t we? Let’s change direction a little with this next question and have a little fun. What is one thing that you are just absolutely no good at doing?
Coordinating clothes that I ought to wear in public. Just can’t see what goes with what or why my t-shirts from the early 90’s are inappropriate.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Fooling Deborah long enough that she actually married me, 3rd place finish in the 1983 Phelps County Fair syphon-tube setting contest; and retaining a semblance of hair on my head
What’s one of the scariest things you’ve ever done?
At the time, it did not seem so scary, but now, looking back, would be quite nervous. Caving or spelunking in Northern Arkansas was a blast, but there were sections of pitch black, we’d lost our sense of direction, had to crawl on our bellies through parts where our chest & back would scrape against rock. I’m not claustrophobic, but not sure I’d be as excited about that as I was in my early 20’s.
That does sound pretty scary. Glad you made it out. Now, let’s talk entertainment. What’s your favorite TV show or Movie?
Have always enjoyed Dead Poet’s Society. TV…well, lately it’s been The Blacklist (Kearney native Jon Bokencamp…) though Sportscenter is good any time of day; for the family its something like America’s funniest home Videos or Wipeout)
Be honest, what song or band is your guilty pleasure?
I secretly really enjoy songs from the cartoon Phineas and Ferb, and The Electric Company has some catchy tunes that never go away, like “Silent e Is a Ninja.”
Other than jamming to Phineas and Ferb, what are some things that make you really happy?
- Making homemade pizza w/ good friends (and of course, eating it)
- An evening at home w/ the family and no responsibilities
- A good book w/ a good cup of coffee
- Date night w/ Deborah, especially when she’s buying 🙂
What was the last spontaneous thing you did?
Well, not spontaneous on my part, but I did surprise Deborah w/ a trip to Denver for her birthday.
Ah, that’s sweet. Since you mentioned travel, if you could hop on a plane today and fly anywhere in the world, where would you go?
The countryside of Ireland or Scotland.
That sounds like a great trip – any chance you’d let us and our readers tag along? Okay, moving right along. What were the last 2 books you read?
Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings
The Tapestry, a biography on Francis & Edith Schaeffer
Would you consider yourself more of an introvert or an extrovert?
A bit of both. At times, i’m energized being around people, but then there’s time where they just suck the life out of me and I quietly hole up somewhere.
If you could eat one food for the rest of your life without getting sick of it, what would it be?
A juicy cheeseburger with fries.
What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
If you cannot find contentment in the place you are given, you will never be content in whatever place you hope to go.
Wow, that’s great advice. Do you have a favorite quote to share with us?
“It’s time to put my big-girl panties on…” -Gaye Tillotson [spoken several times in conversation, usually in reference to entering into a difficult conversation with others. But, I’ve found it helpful in so many of life’s quirky situations :)] probably not a quote to share online anywhere….
That sounds like Gaye 🙂. Final question. What’s something most people don’t know about you?
My enjoyment of running stems from not learning to ride a bike until I was about 8ys old, so I just ran everywhere. I have romantic notions of homesteading on 40 acres of good land, farming, caring for animals, actually being handy w/ machinery.
Chad, thanks again for making time for us and for sharing your innermost secrets.