Wife of the President
Appalachian Bible College
Born and reared in Indiana, Mrs. Rosalie Anderson learned to serve from an early age. First generation believers, her parents worked with the Sunday School program at their local church, sang in the choir, organized services at a nursing home, and housed missionary kids while their parents served overseas.
Though not wealthy, Mrs. Anderson’s parents were committed to giving their three daughters piano lessons. Little did they know how mightily their investment would pay off in Mrs. Anderson’s life and ministry.
Saved as a teenager, Mrs. Anderson followed the example of her older brother and enrolled at Appalachian Bible College where she met her future husband, Daniel Anderson. Upon graduating from ABC in the Music program, she enrolled at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she earned her B.A. in Music Education with an emphasis in piano and conducting.
The Andersons’ first ministry was a pastorate in Elkhart, Indiana, where Mrs. Anderson served as organist and directed a traveling youth musical team. She also gained a new title in Indiana – “mom.” The Andersons’ second child was born in Dallas, Texas, where Dr. Anderson completed his doctoral classes. Upon graduation, the Andersons made their final move – to Appalachian Bible College, where their family would grow by three more children.
Mrs. Anderson has served as music faculty (Associate Professor) at Appalachian Bible College for 40 years – teaching music theory, piano lessons, and other music classes. She also directs the Jubilate, ABC’s English hand bell choir, which tours both the continental US as well as overseas. In addition to her music responsibilities, Mrs. Anderson serves as Advisor for the Ladies Auxiliary of the Appalachian Bible College, helping to facilitate their ministries such as the Student Wives Fellowship, two annual conferences and retreats, and various campus projects. Along with her service at ABC, Mrs. Anderson serves in her local church as the church organist.
Mrs. Anderson’s “service” verse for the last 37 years has been Psalm 109:27-28: “That they may know that this is thy hand; that thou, LORD, hast done it…let thy servant rejoice.” Her desire has been that whether playing the piano or organ, writing and directing a hand bell program, or speaking at a campus event, the Lord would be seen first and solely. Then she could rejoice that the Lord has been glorified, His people have been edified, and eyes, hearts, and ears have been filled with His words and praise for Him.
Dr. and Mrs. Anderson have five children, all graduates of ABC, and 18 grandchildren.