The Reverend Glenn Anderson died peacefully on October 9, 2018 in Columbia, SC at the age of 88.
Glenn Anderson is survived by his wife Rebecca Anderson; children Diana Thomas Carr (Wesley), Brian G. Thomas (Susan) and Barry D. Thomas; grandchildren Jonathan Thomas, Ashley Garvin (Thomas), Cameron Thomas, Blair Wessinger (David), Jordan Thomas, Wynne Thomas, Jacob Thomas, Alexis Thomas, Luke Thomas, Dylan Thomas and Maverick Madonna; great grandchildren, Carter Wessinger, Griffin Garvin and Blakely Wessinger. He is preceded in death by his father, C.L. Anderson, his mother, Effie Glenn Anderson, and his siblings, Kathlyn Deming and Roy Anderson all of Texas.
Glenn Anderson was born on February 13, 1930 in Eastland, Texas to C.L and Effie Anderson.He graduated from Centenary College in Shreveport, LA in 1951with a BA degree. He then went on to study at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA., and Emory University, Atlanta, GA, where he received a Bachelor of Divinity degree and then received a Master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. In June 1948, he became a pastor with the Daingerfield Methodist Circuit, Daingerfield, TX. His next pastorate was at Laneville Methodist Church in Laneville, TX. He also served as weekend pastor in Franklin, NC during his college years until 1958. In May 1958, he became associate pastor of First Baptist Church, Columbia, SC; then as founding pastor of Pine Bluff Baptist Church, Columbia, SC until 1965 when he was called to Temple Baptist Church, Columbia, SC. He was then called to pastor East Columbia Baptist Church, Columbia, SC.
Glenn married Rebecca Dickens Thomas in 1970 and became father to her three children, Diana, Brian, and Barry. From 1972 to 1974, he traveled as an evangelist/teacher with Dr. David duPlessis, also known as Mr. Pentecost. In May 1974, Glenn became pastor of Forest Drive Baptist Church, Columbia, SC serving through September of 1999. Afterwards, he remained an active member of NorthStar Christian Center, formally known as Forest Drive Baptist Church.In his retirement years, Glenn continued teaching and ministering to pastors all over the world. He formed the Greater Columbia Ministers Fellowship in 1974, which remained active during his retirement years. Throughout his years of ministry, he and his wife, Becky, traveled extensively all over the world, even behind the Iron Curtain. He was a great friend of the Jewish community locally and abroad. He served as the United States Ambassador for the International Christian Embassy of Jerusalem and participated in 25 years of the Feast of Tabernacles celebration held yearly in Jerusalem. He conducted numerous tours of the Holy Land, which was his great love. He helped usher in a mighty move of the Spirit of God in this region that influenced many people worldwide.
Glenn loved his wife and instant family, and he would provide many fun times of boating, camping, plane rides, trail bike riding and much more. His passion was traveling and he was the ultimate tour guide, well versed on all of the information needed for a memorable trip. He loved people as Jesus does.
A funeral service will be held Friday, October 12, 2018, at 11:00 AM at NorthStar Christian Center, 711 Longtown Rd, Columbia, SC, 29229, with a family burial to followinDillon, SC. Prior to the service, visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until 10:45 AM in the sanctuary at NorthStar Christian Center.Anyone wishing to make a donation in memory of Reverend Glenn Anderson, can do so to the NorthStar Christian Center Building Fund at the church’s address listed herein.