Founder of World Missions Center passes away

FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Justice Anderson, longtime Southern Baptist missionary and missions professor, passed away Dec. 29, 2012.

Anderson and his wife Mary Ann were Southern Baptist missionaries to Argentina from 1959-74. During that time, Anderson served as professor of church history and homiletics at the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Buenos Aires. Additionally, he served as president of the Argentine Baptist Mission in 1965 and 1972; vice president of the Argentine Baptist Convention, 1962 and 1965; and interim president of the seminary from 1968-69.

After returning to the states from the mission field, Anderson served in pastorates and interim pastors and joined the faculty at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. At Southwestern, he served as the George W. Bottoms professor of missions and founded the seminary’s World Missions Center in 1980. The center continues to be a training site for future missionaries as well as a catalyst for engaging students and faculty on campus in mission trips and missions education.

“Justice Anderson left the mission field to come to Southwestern and place the cause of world missions in the hearts of all students,” said seminary president Paige Patterson. “Southwestern honors him for his faithfulness and wishes Heaven’s comfort for the sweet family.”

A two-time Southwestern graduate, Anderson earned is Master of Divinity in 1955 and Doctor of Theology in 1965. He authored, contributed and edited many journals, articles and books on missions, including Missiology: An Introduction and An Evangelical Saga: Baptists and Their Precursors in Latin America.

Visitation will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at Thompson's Harverson Cole Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at Agape Baptist Church in Fort Worth.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Ann Anderson; children, Sandi Phillips and husband, Thomas, Timothy Anderson and wife, Aurora Pulido, Brad Anderson and wife, Ann, Suzie Person and husband, Kirk Person; grandchildren, David Lampert, Amy McAdams and husband, Rocky, John Lampert and wife, Kalyn, Erik and Jan Anderson Pulido, Elizabeth, Holley and Pryse Anderson, Andrew, Emily and Austin Person; great-grandchildren, Brinley and Cason McAdams; and brother, Gene Anderson.

 

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