Religious Life

Rev. Robyn Anderson

Robyn is an ordained Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and serves as Pastor of the Goodwin AME Zion Church in Amherst, MA. Robyn served as an Associate Minister at Cross Street AME Zion Church for over 15 years.   In the ministry at Cross Street Robyn had Pastoral Oversight of Administration, Christian Education, Women’s Ministry, Family Life and Education and serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Cross Street Training and Academic Center.  Robyn served as the Former Coordinator for the Hartford District of the New England Conference Balm of Gilead Ministry. She currently serves as the New England Conference Christian Education Director.  Prior to relocating back to Connecticut Robyn served in the ministry at Covenant Baptist Church in Washington, DC for over sixteen years.  

Robyn is currently pursuing her Master of Divinity with a concentration in Urban Ministry at the Boston Campus of Gordon Conwell Theological Institute. Robyn is a member of the Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation. She holds an Associate Degree in Information Systems, Bachelor Degrees in Computer Science and Counseling, and a Masters Degree in Counseling.  She is   graduate of Middlesex Theology and Technical Institute, FaithWorks Leadership Institute,  Saint Francis Clinical Pastoral Counseling  Program and, Hartford Seminary  Women’s Leadership Program. She has a completed a Graduate Certificate in Spirituality from Hartford Seminary. 

Robyn Anderson has over thirty years of experience in the Human Services field.  She is currently employed by Advanced Behavioral Health, Inc. as the Program Director for the Multidimensional Family Therapy, Training, Consultation and Quality Assurance Program for the State of Connecticut. She has over thirty years experience working with adults and adolescents who have co occurring disorders.  She has managed and directed Inpatient and Outpatient Substance Abuse Programs for adults and adolescents.  Robyn has and continues to provide Clinical Consultation to state programs, community based substance abuse treatment programs and the faith based community in the Hartford and Washington, DC area.  She is a facilitator for the Saint Francis Pastoral Counseling Program and has served as an Adjunct Professor and Lecturer for universities and community colleges.  Robyn has authored many articles and publications that have been published in Psychology Journals. 

As a change agent for the Human Services field Robyn is a strong advocate for HIV/STD Education/Treatment culturally competent, innovative, trauma sensitive, gender specific, family driven and quality services for families throughout the Diaspora.  Robyn is a licensed and Certified Addictions Counselor (LADC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).  Robyn Anderson has and still serves on many civic and community boards.  She is an author and has received many leadership community service awards.  Robyn loves the Lord and Love’s God’s Church!

Robyn has a blended family of three daughters Tashema, Sharon and Jamila and two sons, Fabian and Shai.  She has 10 grandchildren.

Favorite Scripture:  “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)

Position:  Pastor of Goodwin AME Zion Church, Religious Life Affiliate
Contact Information: Home:  860-613-1107; Office:  860-638-5336; Cell:  860-817-3330;
Robyn Anderson