David Anderson, D. Phil – President and CEO
Dr. David Anderson is founder and President of BridgeLeader Network. Through BLN, Dr. Anderson and his staff provide a variety of services that assist top level leaders in organizations, corporations, and groups achieve multicultural effectiveness by teaching them to Lead, Embrace, Achieve, and Develop (L.E.A.D.) healthy diversity.
Dr. Anderson earned his Bachelors of Arts in Pastoral Studies with a Greek Language Emphasis and a Masters of Ministry degree in with a triple focus on leadership, counseling, and communication from Moody Bible Institute. He also earned a Doctor of Philosophy in the Sociological Integration of Religion and Society degree from Oxford Graduate School. Dr. Anderson has achieved the status of Fellow, in the Oxford Society of Scholars, through his post-doctoral research toward a second doctorate.
Dr. Anderson is also the founder and senior pastor of Bridgeway Community Church, a multicultural congregation of over 2000 weekly attendees, located in Columbia, Maryland. In addition, Dr. Anderson is a visiting professor of diversity at the University of Phoenix and has been named by Savoy magazine as the number one up-and- coming religious leader to watch in their listing of 100 most powerful black leaders in America (July 2003).
Dr. Anderson has published three books. The first book he co-authored with his good friend Brent Zuercher, titled Letters Across the Divide: Two Friends Explore Racism, Friendship and Faith (Baker, 2001). This has generated media interest nationwide through exposure on over 2000 radio stations and television appearances, which include CSPAN, Black Entertainment Television (BET), TBN, PAX TV, and ABC promoting his message of diversity. His second book, Multicultural Ministry: Finding Your Church’s Unique Rhythm, was published in April 2004 and is a useful resource for planting or transitioning into a multicultural ministry. His most recent book, Gracism: The Art of Inclusion is currently on its third pressing since it was released in the spring of 2007 by InterVarsity Press.
Dr. Anderson hosted a nationally syndicated radio talk show from 2003-2007 on one of the largest stations in the nation’s capital. His program, Reconciliation Live, was heard in 48 states and three countries on AM, FM, and XM satellite radio. The weekly show focused on issues of race, diversity, and multiculturalism through interviews with guests, discussions with callers, and insights provided by Dr. Anderson.
Dr. Anderson and his wife Amber reside in Ellicott City, Maryland with their three young children, Isaiah, Luke, and Asia.
Margarita R. Cabellon, Director
Margarita R. Cabellon joined BLN in April 2005 to serve as Administrator and was promoted to the role of Director in Fall 2007. She coordinates training and speaking engagements on diversity issues with churches, businesses and other large organizations as well as creates educational opportunities for her local community to learn more about racial reconciliation and other diversity issues. Margarita was introduced to BLN when she and her husband Paul began attending Bridgeway Community Church in Columbia, MD in September 2004.
Margarita is a native of the Pacific Northwest where she was born and raised in Seattle, WA. Margarita earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare and Master of Social Work from the University of Washington with a concentration in Children, Youth and Families.
While an undergraduate, Margarita was an original member of the south Seattle grassroots organization called the Filipino Youth Empowerment Project (F.Y.E.P.). The Project provides tutoring by older high school and college students, peer mentoring, and information for immigrant parents about the issues their children experience as they fit into U.S. schools and society. Margarita also interned at Lutheran Social Services Refugee Foster Care Program where she helped transition Unaccompanied Minors from Rwanda, Somalia and Eritrea to life in an American family and school system.
During her graduate studies, Margarita was part of the Title IV-E program in which she interned with the Washington State Department of Children and Family Services as a Child Welfare social worker where she worked primarily with children in foster care. After graduating, Margarita became a Child Protective Services social worker where she investigated allegations of child abuse and neglect.
After getting married in 2001 to Paul, Margarita transitioned from social work to ministry-based service. She has served in a variety of positions including, youth leader, community/life group leader, administrative support and now director of BLN.