• Senior Pastor, First African Methodist Episcopal (FAME) Church, Auburn & Seattle

  • Member, King County Regional Homelessness Authority Implementation Board

  • Chair, FAME Equity Alliance of Western Washington

  • Chair, Martin Luther King FAME Community Center



  • Doctor of Ministry,
    St. Paul School of Theology

  • Master of Divinity, Pacific School of

  • Bachelor of Arts, Speech Communications, California State University, Hayward

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  • Pastor Carey Anderson is happily married to Dr. Phyllis Gearring-Anderson, a board-certified Nurse Practitioner and University of Washington Alumna

  • Pastor and Dr. Anderson have lived in Federal Way for 17 years.

  • The Anderson's have three adult children, four grandchildren, and three adorable cats.

Angela Rye, national political commentator and attorney, is Special Guest at First AME Church.


Pastor Carey Anderson leading the Trayvon Martin Citywide Community March, 2012

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Pastor Carey Anderson leading the Michael Brown march with other pastors and community leaders.

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Pastor Carey Anderson leads the protest against the shootings at Mother Emanuel AME Church, Charleston, SC 2015


Pastor Carey Anderson at George Floyd protests in CHOP

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Pastor Carey Anderson stands with Union Workers


Rev. Dr. Carey G. Anderson is the Senior Minister of First AME Church, Seattle, Washington, where he has served since November 2004. Prior to his appointment at FAME, Pastor Anderson was Pastor of St. Paul AME Church in Wichita, Kansas from 2000-2004, and had been the Pastor of Bethel AME Church in Reno, Nevada from 1984 to 2000.


Pastor Anderson holds a B.A. Degree from California State University, Hayward; a Master of Divinity Degree from Pacific School of Religion Theological Seminary, Berkeley, CA; and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from St. Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, Missouri.

Pastor Anderson has a substance abuse counseling certification through the National Association for Addiction Professionals, his Program Administrator certification through the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, State of Nevada, and his teaching credential in the State of Nevada.


• National Association for Addiction Professionals

• Teaching Credential – Washoe County, State of Nevada

• Pacific Northwest Conference of the AME Church,

5th Episcopal District


Programs Started During his Leadership:

• FAME Equity Alliance of Western Washington

• MLK FAME Community Center, Seattle, WA

• Let’s Get Moving, FAME Seattle, WA

• Dementia and Alzheimer’s in the Black Community Initiative



• 30th Legislative District Democrats

• Democrats for Diversity and Inclusion

• Washington Equity Now Alliance

• Seattle Chapter Poor People’s Campaign

• City of Seattle's Equitable Communities Initiative Task Force

• Communities of Concern, Executive Committee Vice Chair

• King County Regional Homelessness Authority

• King County Public Health Partnerships

• United Black Christian Clergy of Western Washington

• Rev. Dr. Samuel Berry McKinney Coalition

• MLK Gandhi Initiative

Articles & Publications

• Voices from the Pulpit, State of Washington

• Christian Recorder, AME Church Official Organ



Awards & Citation Acknowledgements:

• NAACP – Freedom Award Citation

• Pastor of the Year Award – 2006; 2010

• City of Seattle – Rev. Carey G. Anderson Day

Proclamation by Mayor Greg Nichols

• Northwest Black Pioneers Award 2007

• Seattle Roots Committee Award, 2011.

Proven New Leadership for the New 30th District.

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