Born in Humble, Texas, November 1, 1935, to Mr. and Mrs. William Emory Anderson
Graduated from Refugio High School in 1954, from Baylor University in 1958 (BA in Religion, minor in English), and from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1963 (BD). Finished a year’s graduate work at Baylor toward the MA in 1964. Received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Trinity College, Dunedin, Florida, in 1978.
All-District, All-State, All-South Texas, All-Southwest Conference in football. Outstanding Lineman in Texas High School North-South All-star game. Sophomore Class President, Baylor University, Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, Co-Chairman of Focus Week (annual religious emphasis week) at Baylor University, Outstanding Citizen Award, Euless, Texas.
Married Addie Williams of Refugio in 1956 (and deceased 2021). Four children: Mark Anderson (senior pastor of Lynwood Baptist Church, Cape Girardeau, MO); Karen May, (wife of Mike May, president & owner of Brightspot Incentives & Events, Colleyville, Texas); Gaye Hasha (wife of Mike Hasha, Pastor of Pastoral Care and Senior Adults, Calvary Church, Clearwater, FL); and Hazel Hall (wife of Dan Hall, consultant to pastors in Jackson, MS).
1959–1960 | Central Baptist Church, Ingleside, TX
1960–1964 | Lorena Baptist Church, Lorena, TX
1964–1966 | First Baptist Church, McGregor, TX
1966–1975 | First Baptist Church, Euless, TX
1975–2001 | Calvary Baptist Church, Clearwater, FL
2003-2009 | President, Covenant Christian Academy, Colleyville, TX
2004-2006 | Interim Pastor, First Baptist, Euless, TX
2006-2007 | Interim Pastor, First Baptist, Dallas, TX
2007-2008 | Interim Pastor, First Baptist, Wichita Falls, TX
2008-2009 | Interim Pastor, First Baptist, Sulphur Springs, TX
2010-2011 | Interim Pastor, First Baptist, Gainesville, Texas
2012-2013 | Interim Pastor, First Baptist, Grapevine, TX
2014-present | more Interim Pastor positiions across North Texas
Associational: Various positions, including that of Moderator, Chairman of various committees (Missions, Evangelism, Race Relations, Administrative, Finance, Search Committee for Director of Missions, etc.)
State: Florida Baptist Convention President, Chairman of Trustees, Baptist Theological College, Chairman, Budget and Allocations Committee, Vice-chairman of the Board of Directors, Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, member of State Board of Missions, Board of Directors, Florida Baptist Witness.
National: Chairman of the Sunday School Board (now LifeWay Christian Resources), SBC Committee on Committees, Vice-chairman, Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee.