Steve Anderson was born and raised in the Flint, Michigan area. He trusted Christ as his personal Savior at the age of nine, in a small Baptist Church in Clio, Michigan. He met Martha Cook early in their high school years, while attending the same church, and they were married in 1972. They have three grown children. The Andersons spent three terms with ABWE as missionaries in Togo, West Africa, from 1979 until 1991, and were enabled by the Lord to see two nationally-pastored Baptist churches established. In 1991 they returned to the States to be accessible to their children during their college years. During this time, Steve was 7 years on staff as the Music and Discipleship Pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Davison, Michigan (their sending church). He and Martha both taught in Faith Baptist Schools during that period – he, part-time [Choirs, Bible, H.S. French] and her, full-time [1st grade]. Additionally, he served on the Board of Flint Crisis Pregnancy Services for 10 years.
Steve and Martha joined Baptist World Mission of Decatur, Alabama in 1997 as furlough replacement church planters (FRCP), serving anywhere in the Baptist World Mission family. In the Spring of 2002, Steve was appointed as BWM’s Field Administrator for Africa. In 2012, the fields of the UK, Ireland, the Middle East and Furlough Replacement were added. They have served in both of these capacities (Administration / FRCP) since 2002. The Andersons have lived and ministered in Togo, as well as in Quebec (three times) and Ontario (twice), British Columbia, New Zealand (five times), Italy, South Korea, South Africa (twice) and Kenya (twice).
Steve has a B.A.Mus., and a MSMin. He was pursuing a DMin. at Northland International University in Dunbar, Wisconsin when it closed, and is presently seeking other options for completion. He is an RN, graduating from Hurley Medical Center in 1974, where he later served as the Renal Supervisor. They have resided in the Decatur, Alabama area since 2006, and Calvary Baptist Church of Huntsville, Alabama, is their home church.
Steve has taught multiple modular/block courses in DRCongo, Togo, Zambia, South Africa, and Kenya. His first year to teach Freshman Introduction to Missions at BCM was in January of 2013. He has had several ministry-related articles published. His hobbies include calligraphy, photography, woodworking and cycling. He and Martha greatly enjoy singing, and they love ethnic foods of essentially all regions. They love their time with family – particularly their five grandchildren.
Steve has the conviction that every believer in Christ should seriously “grapple” with the imperatives to go into the world to make disciples (believing that N.T. missions IS church planting). He thoroughly loves teaching the freshmen early in their college careers, while beseeching the Lord to lay this conviction on their own hearts—thereby directing them into cross-cultural ministries!