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Southern Seminary mourns loss of Marvin Anderson


LOUISVILLE, Ky.(BP)–Southern Baptist Theological Seminary mourned the loss of Marvin Anderson, one of its most renowned and beloved professors, June 26. Anderson, professor of church history at the Louisville, Ky., seminary since 1993, died as a result of cardiomyopathy. He was 67.

“Marvin Anderson represented the very best in Christian scholarship,” said R. Albert Mohler Jr., Southern’s president. “He was deeply committed to his discipline and to the training of ministers of the Gospel. He was also a wonderful faculty member and colleague. Always positive and constructive, Marvin Anderson was a wonderful Christian brother.”

“Marvin Anderson was clearly one of the leading Reformation scholars of the latter part of the 20th Century,” Robert Stein, Mildred and Ernest Hogan professor of New Testament interpretation, said of his long-time colleague and friend.

Anderson’s work in Reformation studies included participation in the Pilgrim Press Puritan Project and the Reformation Research Library Project. He was also serving on the International Board of Editors for the translation of Peter Martyr Vermigli’s works from Latin into English.

During his academic career, Anderson wrote prolifically, publishing several major book reviews, as well as numerous journal and dictionary articles. His books include Peter Martyr: A Reformer in Exile (1542-1562), Battle for the Gospel and Evangelical Foundations: Religion in England, 1378-1683. He also edited the work, Gospel and Authority.

“Dr. Anderson was one of the world’s most respected historians of the Reformation era, and his scholarship is a great gift to the church,” Mohler said. “He leaves a legacy of rich teaching invested in the lives of thousands of ministers and a rising generation of evangelical scholars.”

Anderson was a graduate from the University of Washington (B.A.), Bethel Theological Seminary (B.D.) and King’s College, University of Aberdeen, Scotland (Ph.D.). Prior to his arrival at Southern, Anderson served for 29 years on the faculty of Bethel Theological Seminary.

Visitation will be June 29, 5-8 p.m., at Pearson’s Funeral Home in Louisville. A graveside service will be held June 30, 10 a.m., at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville. A memorial service will be conducted that same day at 1:30 p.m. at the seminary’s Alumni Chapel. A reception will follow in Heritage Hall.

Anderson is survived by his wife, Ann Marie, and his two sons, Stuart Bruce and Chad Martin.

“He left his mark upon Southern Seminary, and he will be greatly missed,” Mohler said of Anderson. “The entire Southern Seminary faculty grieves with Ann Anderson and the Anderson family, even as we give thanks to God for his great gift to us in Marvin Anderson. He was with us all too briefly, but he is now with the Savior he so faithfully served.”
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