Anderson University invited Tom Tanner, Senior Pastor of Wesleyan Fellowship Church in Marietta, GA, to speak at chapel on Tuesday. Tanner is serving as keynote speaker during Spiritual Emphasis Week, which ends on Thursday.
Tanner spoke to the students from the book of Romans and made three specific points of discussion throughout the sermon: he acknowledged that God wants the students to know His heart, he challenged the students to give God their hearts, and he dared students to share their hearts to the lost. Tanner also spoke of his own life transformations.
“[God’s] love for us is incredible,” said Tanner. “His love is the most life changing, life altering force. One of the most important revelations in our lives is when we realize God’s thoughts and plans for us.”
Before accepting pastoral duties at Wesleyan Fellowship, Tanner was the director of the Wesley Foundation at the University of Georgia for 8 years where he saw the number of students involved in spiritual activities grow from about 50 to over 700. Tanner says that most people are living their lives at a level much less than God has offered. He believes that his assignment from God is to call people into their "Kingdom Destiny.” Tanner is married to Melissa, his wife for 24 years. They have two children: Mason, 15 and Grace Ann, 12.
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education and theology.