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Thirty Years of Servant Leadership

“Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” – I Corinthians 4:2

In 1983, Appalachian Bible Institute celebrated the inauguration of its second president; this year, Appalachian Bible College honored that man and his wife, who served faithfully for the last thirty years.

On Monday, April 29th, ABC’s Board of Directors, staff, and family of Dr. and Mrs. Daniel L. Anderson gathered to rejoice in what God has done through their ministry at ABC. The evening began with a delicious dinner and progressed through a short program moderated by board member, Van Marsceau.

The speaker for the evening, Dr. Robert Alderman, introduced his devotional with Psalm 90:12, “So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom,” and proceeded to share eight aspects of wisdom he’d observed in the lives of the Andersons which fulfilled various biblical instructions. He challenged his listeners to follow these same mandates as they sought to make their own lives count for eternity.

There were several recognitions and gifts given to the Andersons. Daniel Hanshew, Vice-president for Academics, read a letter from Dr. Ralph Enlow, the president of the Association for Biblical Higher Education. David Childs, Vice-president for Student Services, and Curtis Bostic, a member of the board of directors, presented a cash gift on behalf of ABC’s entire board, staff, and other friends and family. Romie Mundy, the chairman of ABC’s board of directors, read a proclamation which both honored Dr. Anderson as well as gave him a three month sabbatical to refresh himself spiritually and to spend time with his family.

As a memento of the evening and a more tangible gift to honor their thirty years of service, Mrs. Anderson was presented with a cut-glass vase, etched with the school seal and a message honoring her thirty years as Wife of the President. Dr. Anderson was given a mantel clock handmade from oak harvested from ABC’s campus.

As they expressed thankfulness for all the kindness expressed throughout the evening, both Dr. and Mrs. Anderson praised the Lord for his enablement which allowed them to fulfill the stewardship they had been given.

The Andersons and their thirty years of faithfulness are a wonderful testimony and example of ABC’s motto: …because Life is for Service.

View photos of the evening on our Facebook page.

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