Obituary: Craig E. Anderson

Craig E. Anderson, retired Evangelical Covenant Church pastor and conference executive, died Friday, February 26. He was 81.

Craig was born October 15, 1939, in Rockford, Illinois, to Harold and Hazel Anderson.

He graduated from North Park College, earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio University and a master of divinity degree from North Park Theological Seminary with a year’s study at New College, University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

He married Dorothy Moir in 1965.

They served Evangelical Covenant churches in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan, and California. In the last 14 years of his ministry, he served as associate superintendent of the Central Conference.

Craig served on numerous Covenant boards, including the Board of Ministry, as chair of the Ministerium for the Pacific Southwest Conference, and on the board of directors of Swedish Covenant Hospital. He also was a founding member of the New College for Advanced Christian Studies in Berkeley, California. He served on multiple committees while living at Covenant Living of Florida in Plantation, Florida.

In 2014, the Covenant honored him with the Irving C. Lambert Award. The award is given annually to a Covenanter who exemplifies a commitment to urban or ethnic ministry.

Craig loved sailing and wrote articles for sailing periodicals. For seven years, he co-produced and edited a sailing quarterly called “Twin-Keeler,” which had a small but international readership.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dotty, who died in August. Survivors include children Dawn Anderson Perkins (Troy) and Stephanie Anderson; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on June 26, at Covenant Living of Florida. Another service will be held in October in Rockford.

Peace be to his memory.

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  1. We are so sorry to learn of Craig’s death today. He was a fine sailor, author, and all around wonderful person who supported our sailing adventures from a distance. We will miss him dearly.
    David and Janice Chase

  2. Craig and I Were companions in the leadership of the Central Conference for 14 years, but our relationship went deeper than that! We were friends. We had a common vision for the Conference and the Covenant which we loved and into which we were born and baptized. We were committed to the inclusion of all people of faith into the Body of Christ. Craig was responsible for the person who first welcomed the first African American Pastor into the ministry of the Covenant and was committed to Urban Ministry in the Conference and the Covenant! I will miss my friend Craig and celebrate his life that touched so many, including me!

  3. Craig was a valued friend, an exemplary pastor and one of Jesus’ choice servants in the Covenant Church. He will be dearly missed. Peace to his memory.

  4. Craig and I grew up together in Rockford; He was a good and caring friend and will be missed.

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