I CONSIDER it an honor and a privilege at this time to speak for my fellow Ministerial Association secretaries when I say that in our presence tonight is a man of spiritual stature who has had much to do in influencing our lives. He has been, through all these years, a completely dedicated, committed, and consecrated minister. His Biblical scholarship, his passion for souls, and his friendship with all his fellow ministers have strengthened and encouraged our lives for all time.
Before many of us knew him, Roy Allan Anderson was prepared, developed, and used by God in successful evangelism throughout the Australasian Division. From there he was called to the city of London. People of London today remember him with great affection. In church after church that I visited in the London area I was informed that this was Pastor Anderson's church or they were Pastor Anderson's converts. When I visited the large Holloway church I was told that this had been Pastor Anderson's evangelistic center. Affectionately they pointed to the pipe organ and told how he loved to sit down at the console and play. It was from that rostrum that he led his large choir and preached the message he loved.
Shortly after his arrival in the United States of America he was invited to head the department of religion at La Sierra College. He accepted this responsibility and felt it was a great opportunity to train evangelistic theologians. Many successful soul winners of the present time recall those days of their early training. After four years at La Sierra College he was called at the General Conference session of 1941 to associate with Elder L. E. Froom in the Ministerial Association. He was particularly to foster evangelism and to give a more effectual field training to our theological students the world over. Nine years later at the General Conference session of 1950 he was invited to be the secretary of the Ministerial Association and editor of THE MINISTRY magazine.
He is truly a man of unusual spiritual stature, an outstanding exponent of doctrinal and expository preaching, but most of all a humble servant of God, deeply in love with his Master and desiring to serve Him faithfully.
It has been a great privilege for us to have been closely associated with him in the Ministerial Association. Our own ministry has been strengthened, our souls have been warmed, and our lives blessed by this association and communion. We have appreciated his balance, his counsel, his friendship, his prayers. He will never be forgotten.
He is going to be missed by all of us. We here in this General Conference pre-session wish to express our appreciation for the twenty-five years of dedicated ministry he has given to us, his fellow ministers.