John Anderson was born in England, near the Scottish border, in 1748. He was a graduate of one of the Scottish Universities before attending the Associate Divinity Hall, and was licensed by the Associate Presbyterian Church. Due to certain infirmities, his services in the pulpit were not sought at that time. In 1783, he sailed for America where he was taken under the care of the Associate Presbytery of Pennsylvania, and was ordained sine titulo, in Philadelphia, October 31, 1788. In 1792, he was installed pastor of Mill Creek and Harmon’s Creek, Beaver Country, Pennsylvania. In 1794, he was appointed professor of theology for the Associate Church, a position he held for many years. He died on April 6, 1830. He was a prolific writer whose writings ranged over many controversial subjects with a display of great learning.