Former Minnehaha President Arthur Anderson Dies

LEE’S SUMMIT, MO (September 30, 2013) — Arthur W. Anderson, retired Covenant pastor and former administrator of Minnehaha Academy, died Saturday.

A service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 8, at the Federated United Church of Christ in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

Anderson, 93, was born April 17, 1920, in Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin.

He graduated the University of Florida-Miami with a bachelor of arts in history in 1944. He graduated North Park Theological Seminary in 1946.

He married Bernice Anderson on August 14, 1952, in Duluth, Minnesota.

Anderson became the fourth president of Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, in 1950. He went on to serve as chaplain of North Park College and pastor of Bethlehem Covenant Church in Minneapolis; Bethesda Covenant Church in New York City, New York; and First Covenant Church in Youngstown, Ohio.

After his retirement in 1988, he served eight interim pastorates, including Covenant congregations in Bedford, New Hampshire; Omaha, Nebraska; Coral Gable, Florida; and Indianapolis, Indiana.

Anderson was a frequent contributor to the online journal Pietisten. Twenty-five of his columns are available at the site.

Philip Johnson, a former editor for the ecumenical journal, lauded Anderson. “Exclusiveness was anathema to him,” Johnson said. “He sought a church for sinners only.”

In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Sonja Solar and Ingrid Potts; a son, Kirk Anderson; his brother, Covenant pastor Gilbert Anderson; five grandchildren, and two great-granddaughter.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to North Park Theological Seminary, 3225 W. Foster Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60625.


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  • What a grand Christian gentleman was Art Anderson! He distinguished himself as a pastor, adminstrator, teacher and friend to so many. Dotty and I have such very fond memories of him. Blessings on his legacy of faith and ecumenical breadth, and condolences to Bernice and the rest of the family.

    Craig Anderson

  • I served as Pastor Anderson’s church secretary from 1981-1988 at First Covenant Church in Youngstown, Ohio. I have very fond memories of a warm and kind pastor and friend. I will remember him in my heart forever. My love and sincere condolences to the family.

  • I am saddened to hear of the death of Art Anderson! He was a gifted preacher and administrator, a caring pastor and a wonderful friend! He was President of Minnehaha Academy when I was a student there and a deep personal friend of our family.I was privileged to serve on the Board of Ministry with Art. My love and admiration for him as profound! Peace to his memory, and love and care to Bernice and the family!

  • Art was a very supportive person of World Missions. I appreciated his leadership of the Mission Department when I was interviewed and in subsequent meetings as I itinerated. I was always glad to see him.

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