WHAT IS ANCHOR NEW ENGLAND?
ANCHOR NEW ENGLAND (ANE) began in 2019 and operated for approximately two years under the auspices of the AIIA Institute (AIIA). Today ANE is established, organizationally and legally, as a regional Christian educational and apologetics ministry of its own.
ANE is a non-profit organization, incorporated in the State of Maine and determined by the IRS as qualified to receive tax-deductible donations as per sections 170 and 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code.
WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AIIA AND ANE?
The relationship is currently one of mutual support as we do somewhat similar apologetics work in much the same area of the country. In addition, AIIA periodically contracts with ANE to produce apologetics-related videos.
What about in the future? AIIA’s Board of Directors has tentatively designated ANE as the likely primary successor apologetics ministry to the AIIA Institute, when the time comes for AIIA to hand over the baton.
WHAT DOES ANCHOR NEW ENGLAND DO?
ANE is chartered to produce a wide range of powerful contemporary apologetics related media (e.g. podcasts, videos, curricula, blogs) to be distributed across social media platforms such as iTunes, Twitter, Youtube, and Instagram, in order to more effectively communicate historic Christian truth to younger generations.
ANE’s mission is to create premium Christian worldview content and curriculum for the purpose of equipping, encouraging, and strengthening Christian believers all over the world by speaking to many contemporary issues, and by advancing the gospel of Christ as a premier Christian worldview.
Although ANE is currently operational, it is projected to unfold more fully over the next few years with ministry teams commissioned to organize conferences and share its curriculum material in local churches.
WHO OPERATES ANE?
Ryan & Kylie Goding of Farmington, Maine—with oversight by ANE’s own independent Board of Directors. Ryan Goding is serving as Executive Director. The ANE ministry concept was the brainchild of Ryan who has had a long-time passion to use his expertise with modern media to make a convincing case for Christian faith. Ryan also currently serves as a local church pastor, as the branch manager of a local bank, and as chairman of AIIA’s Board of Directors. The Godings have three children.
FOR WHOM IS THIS WORK PRIMARILY INTENDED?
ANE resource material will be made easily accessible to pastors, teachers, skeptics, seekers, homeschoolers, parents, and grandparents who want to see their children and grandchildren grow up to place their trust in Christ, be prepared to defend the Christian worldview when they leave home and enter the university, and who themselves also want to remain strong in increasingly hostile post-Christian times.
IS THERE A REAL NEED FOR THIS SORT OF EMPHASIS?
Statistics show that today in New England and America millennials are the first generation in U.S. history of which less than half even profess Christian belief—reflecting an astounding 12% drop in just the last decade. Many adult believers are ill-prepared to defend their own faith, let along equip the coming generations. Ryan Goding says: “Anchor New England will seek to help to reverse the tide of biblical illiteracy and the mass exodus of youth from the church by creating and curating Christian apologetics content and curriculum. We believe that the cure to lack of confidence in the Christian gospel witness is to educate Christians about the reasonableness of their faith, and to provide them with the tools to aid them in understanding how their faith ought to function in the real world.”
HOW CAN I CONTACT AND LEARN MORE ABOUT ANE?