After graduating from the University of Cape Town Peter taught high school geography in his hometown of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. In 1972 he served as Travelling Secretary with the (IFES related) Students’ Christian Association in Southern Africa before starting theological study at London School of Theology in the UK.
Peter served in Asia (Taiwan, Hong Kong and China) for a total of 29 years. For fifteen of those years he and his late wife Geralyn were with OMF International but from 1987 they were involved in two Hong Kong-based NGOs serving the peoples of China through education, medical & social services, relief and development—seeing hundreds of long-term professionals in many different fields of expertise placed all across China.
Peter’s first wife died of cancer in Hong Kong in 1998, and he married his ‘second blessing’ Elizabeth in Auckland in 2000.
Up until 2005 the Andersons regularly visited associates and projects all over China and also travelled extensively overseas in recruitment work.
Early in 2006 Peter completed his MTh (in missiology) through the South African Theological Seminary and began ten years as pastor of Mairangi Bay Community Church on Auckland’s North Shore.
Since ‘retiring’ in April 2016 Peter has taught a number of courses in Carey’s Centre for Chinese Research and Training including the Mission of God course. He is currently working on a major writing project and also preaches fairly regularly (mostly in Chinese Churches). Peter is a fan of Paul Windsor and his work in Langham Preaching. Peter and Elizabeth worship at Greenlane Christian Centre.
A second edition of Peter’s book “Weapons of Peace” (based on the lives of his early missionary forebears in Africa) was published in 2016.