Charles R. Anderson

Education and Ordination
  • 2015, Ordained to Gospel Ministry, First Baptist Church at the Mall, Lakeland, FL
  • 2011, M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
  • 2005, B.A., University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Ministry Experience
  • 2014-Present, Ministry Leader, First Baptist Church at the Mall, Lakeland, FL
  • 2016-17, Interim Assistant Pastor, Brooklyn Chinese Baptist Church, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2012-14, Church Administrator, Christ Community Presbyterian Church, Lakeland, FL
  • 2009-11, Nursing Home Minister, Ministry of Beechwood Baptist Church, Louisville, KY
  • 2007-08, Pastoral Intern, First Baptist Church at the Mall, Lakeland, FL
  • 2001-03, Camp Counselor, Camp Gilead CBM Ministries, Polk City, FL

  • 2017, Puerto Rico
  • 2015-16, New York City (Team Leader)
  • 2015, Cuba
  • 2012-14, Nicaragua (Team Leader)
  • 2013, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 2010-11, Member, Student Missions Fellowship, Southern Seminary
  • 2007, Botswana

Other Experience
  • 2018-Present, Substitute Teacher, Kelly Services, Lakeland, FL
  • 2017, Presenter, VBS Leader Seminar, Baptist Convention of New York
  • 2014-16, Accounting Clerk, Florida Baptist Children's Homes, Lakeland FL
  • 2010-11, Resident Assistant, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
  • 2006-08, Electronic Medical Records Facilitator/Support, Watson Clinic, Lakeland, FL

Additional Training
  • 2017, Care & Discipleship Course, Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship (online), Escondido, CA
  • 2017, Presenter, VBS Leader Seminar, Baptist Convention of New York
  • 2017, LifeWay VBS Institute, Ridgecrest Conference Center, Ridgecrest, NC
  • 2011, Applied Ministry Practicum, Chaplains' Office, Jewish Hospital, Louisville, KY
  • 2010, Weekender Conference, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington DC

Conversion and Call to Ministry
I was born on April 28, 1984, in Lakeland, Florida. My parents were faithful to teach me the gospel; some of my earliest memories include learning the Bible in Sunday school. Having heard the gospel so often at home and at church, I was convinced very early that I was a sinner without hope apart from Jesus. I professed faith in Christ at age six, and was baptized as a believer in April 1992.

As I continued to grow in God’s grace, I struggled long for a sense of assurance of salvation. I knew about the finished work of Christ. I knew that Jesus’ work on the cross was enough to save every repentant sinner. But I still wondered if my faith was sincere. A teacher pointed me to Philippians 1:6: "I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Christ Jesus." This verse helped me take my eyes off myself and look again to Jesus and his sufficiency. At this point, I realized I had to dedicate my life to this work.

After returning home from University, I began to pursue pastoral ministry by attending Seminary. My family has always been very supportive of my call. I have personally experienced the power of the Word of God to enlighten hearts, and the impact of weekly worship to call us back again and again to walk in the new life we’ve been given. My greatest desire is to help people, through a ministry of teaching and discipleship, experience God in his Word the way I have. I am a member of First Baptist Church at the Mall, where I serve as a teacher.

Affirmation of Faith
I believe the Baptist Faith and Message, 2000 is a faithful summary of the doctrines revealed in Holy Scripture.

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