BLACK RIVER, St Elizabeth:HUNDREDS OF mourners attended the five-hour-long thanksgiving service for Evangelist Keith Constantine Anderson Sr at the Grace Gospel Hall in Black River, on Saturday, September 8. Among those celebrating his life and achievements were widow Doris; children Keith, Earl, Ruth and Lynda; and mother Daphney Gilmore.
Anderson, who served for more than 40 years as a minister of religion among the Christian Brethren Assemblies, passed away on August 17, 2012. He was ordained in August 1976 and served as elder at Gideon Gospel Chapel in Buff Bay, Portland, 1970-1980 and later as pastor at Grace Gospel Chapel in Black River, St Elizabeth, 1981-1992.
His ministry spanned, locally and internationally, through various denominations including Christian Brethren, Union Baptist, Methodist, Anglican, Missionary Church, Associated Gospel Assemblies, Church of Christ and the Independent Baptists. His career in the ministry included:
Coordinator for the 1983 National Crusade Jamaica
Speaker (Noon hour service) for Keswick Kingston convention
Former chairman and secretary, Black River Keswick convention
Speaker, Regional Brethren Conferences
Speaker, National Brethren Youth Convention
Speaker, Independent Baptist Conference
Speaker, White Plains Assembly Conference
Speaker at the Brethren and Church of God in Jamaica camps
Anderson obtained a bachelor's in theology from the Jamaica Theological Seminary in 1984. He was also a graduate of Haggai Institute for Third World Leaders in Singapore and a graduate teacher trainer of Jamaica Child Evangelistic Fellowship. He served as principal of the Midland Bible Institute, May Pen, 1996-1999.
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Anderson's early occupation was a professional barber with his own establishment at the age of 16. He subsequently pursued nursing, commencing his career at the Bellevue Hospital, where he was appointed staff nurse in December 1967. He furthered his nursing career and became a qualified registered general trained nurse in September 1973. His nursing career spanned nine years between the Buff Bay Hospital, Kingston Public Hospital, Bellevue Hospital and the Black River Hospital.
Rev Courtney Walters, chaplain for the Jamaica Constabulary Force Area One, was among an interdenominational group of clergy who officiated at the funeral. The sermon was delivered by Dr Lloyd Burnett of the Balaclava Gospel Hall, Christian Brethren Assemblies.
Anderson's son, Earl, in describing his father, said: "Dad was a humble man and a dedicated servant of God who gave himself unreservedly to the Master. He was frank and outspoken at times, sometimes misunderstood, but there was no proud or arrogant streak in him. When he was hurt, he took it humbly and was the first to embrace you. His motto was, 'Lord, make me a doormat for you'."
Anderson's body was interred at the Logwood Cemetry in Black River.