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Published April 03, 2011, 12:00 AM

Pastor Bob was ‘master pastor’

Preacher also known for sense of humor
MOORHEAD – The man many knew as Pastor Bob at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd is remembered as a master preacher whose career spanned almost six decades.

By: Patrick Springer, INFORUM

MOORHEAD – The man many knew as Pastor Bob at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd is remembered as a master preacher whose career spanned almost six decades.

The Rev. Robert L. Anderson, who was the pastor at Good Shepherd from 1970 to 1985, died March 30 at the age of 85. After retiring from full-time ministry in 1995, he returned with his wife to Moorhead and rejoined the congregation at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.

“He was an absolutely superb pastor, and I’ve served under some of the great ones over the years,” said the Rev. Ernie Mancini, who served as Anderson’s associate for several years at Good Shepherd. “Of course he was known as the great preacher, but he really was a master pastor.”

And Pastor Bob could tell a good joke.

“He was one of the funniest human beings I’ve ever known,” Mancini said Saturday, adding that Anderson had a distinctive laugh, a high-pitched cackle that was instantly recognizable.

Anderson had a remarkable memory, and only altered a few words when delivering three Sunday sermons, each filled with memorable stories to illustrate his message, Mancini said.

Kathleen Lingen worked on the church staff during Anderson’s entire tenure at Good Shepherd.

“He was dearly loved by his congregation,” she said. “I would say his greatest gift was preaching. His message was very Christ-centered. He was a great teacher also, a great Bible teacher.”

Anderson went on youth retreats and was involved in community ministry, including active participation in Kiwanis Club. He and his wife also were very involved alumni of Concordia College, serving on various committees and projects, Mancini said.

Ordained in 1952, Anderson served congregations in Cameron, Wis., Mitchell, S.D., and St. Paul before coming to Moorhead. Upon returning to Moorhead after retiring in 1995, he served as an adjunct pastor at local Lutheran churches, including Hope Lutheran in Fargo.

He was born in 1926 in Morris, Ill., and married Selma Berge in 1948, and the couple had a daughter and four sons. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in Italy.

“He was a very compassionate person,” Lingen said. “He was always available when needed and very dedicated. He was certainly a role model.”

Visitation is from 5 to 7 tonight, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 4000 28th St. S., Moorhead. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Good Shepherd, with burial at Prairie Home Cemetery in Moorhead.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Patrick Springer at (701) 241-5522

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