Dan Anderson owns a painting/contracting company and currently serves as head elder of the Hudson Seventh-day Adventist Company. He and his wife, Lonah have a two-month old son, Azariah.
I grew up in a broken home. Dad was an alcoholic and drug addict, and I followed the same pattern. I remember dating a girl who gave me a Bible for Christmas. I was angry and threw it in a box. A few years later I came across that Bible, and something prompted me to read it.
I began with Genesis 1 and became convicted about many things. When I read about unclean foods I called my Dad and said, “Why do we eat pork? The Bible says don’t eat it.” “Oh, don’t worry about that stuff,” he said. Then I asked, “Why do we go to church on Sunday? That’s not what the Bible says.” And Dad said, “Yeah, well, you don’t need to worry about that.” Then I discovered that when we die it’s like a sleep, and I said, “Dad, everyone tells me that grandpa’s in heaven looking down on me, but that’s not what the Bible says. Has anyone ever read this book?” Again he said, “Ya know, you just don’t need to worry about any of that.”
I kept going down the drug and alcohol path, but a few years later prayed, “God, somehow I need to get out of this.” Seven days after saying that prayer I got set up in a drug deal and took off running from the cops. Suddenly a peace came over me and something said, “Dan, it’s over.” I pulled to the side of the road, got out of the car and waited for the cops.
I decided to attended a church and heard about this man named Jesus who loved me so much that He died for me while I was still a sinner. It broke me. I went up front and said, “Lord, I don’t know if You are real or not, but if You set me free, I’ll follow You for the rest of my days.”
At that time I was smoking a cigarette every eight minutes, drinking a fifth of brandy every day, and using every narcotic under the sun, but I walked out of church that day healed. Delivered. I never touched any of that stuff again, and it’s been almost 15 years. From that day on I’ve been following Jesus.
Soon I moved to Hudson. I was hungry for the Word. I wanted to know everything I could about Jesus, and started looking for a church. The first place I went they put in a video about happy living and it hardly mentioned anything from the Bible. I said, “This is not what I’m looking for.” Then they sent me to Promise Keepers. Now here I am trying to live righteously. I’ve just been set free from the world, and I go to this group and everyone’s telling me, “Don’t worry about those details. You can do ...etc. Who cares about that.”
I thought, “This is not for me.” One day a flyer came in the mail announcing this Daniel Seminar, so I went. While I questioned some of the things they said, I already believed the state of the dead, the Sabbath, and unclean foods. I thought, “This group follows the Bible,” and I was baptized after the seminar.
One guy, Dan Herwick, took me under his wing and we went out giving Bible studies. This was exciting! When the Hudson church held more evangelistic meetings I set up over a hundred yard signs, put hundreds of flyers on parked cars, and handed them out in stores. The church started getting calls from stores saying, “Make that guy quit handing out flyers.”
Still feeling God’s call to something deeper, I spent four months in Bible study training at Amazing Facts. That year my wife and I held over 200 Bible studies, and five people were baptized.
I still hold Bible studies and am currently doing an evangelistic series with Dan Herwick. When you know the world is dying, and you know you have a message of hope, to not go out and proclaim it would be a sin.
I just want to share the love of Christ and see people get into a relationship with Jesus so they can experience the joy. Then hopefully the cycle will continue. That’s how this message spreads. You keep sharing and someone else shares, and they share with someone else. What else is there!
By Dan Anderson as told to Juanita Edge
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