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A celebration of service
In the pulpit
The Rev. C.L. Anderson with his wife - photo by Photo provided.
It was hailed as a celebration of service program for a man who had given unselfishly of his time and service.
On Saturday, Dec. 13, members of the Tattnall Missionary Baptist Association came to show their love and appreciation for moderator C. L. Anderson. This special program was held at First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Hinesville.
For 30-plus years, Anderson served at the helm of the association as moderator. He retired from the position at the culmination of the annual session in September.  
Larry Baker and Sinclair Thorne gave greetings. Baker serves as mayor pro tem for the city of Walthourville and Thorne serves as pastor of First Calvary Baptist Church, vice moderator of the Tattnall Missionary Baptist Association, and president of the First District of the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia. Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, also gave greetings and will present Anderson with a resolution from the Georgia House of Representatives, recognizing his years of service.
Rev. Matthew S. Brown, pastor emeritus of St. John Baptist Church in Savannah and moderator of the Berean Missionary Baptist Association there, was the keynote speaker. He spoke from the subject, “Who are you and what do you say about yourself?”  
“The world is asking the churches and associations: Who are you and what can you say for yourself?,” Brown said. “What can you do for me? Many churches and associations have become echoes instead of a voice. You don’t have to be worldly to attract people to your church.  Just tell the story.”
During the ceremony, L. Perry McNeal, current moderator of the Tattnall Missionary Baptist Association, bestowed the title of moderator emeritus upon Anderson. At the close of the heartfelt and moving program, Anderson thanked the many members of the Tattnall group for their support during his leadership.
“Although I have come to the close of my tenure as moderator, the oak tree still lives,” he said. “I am alive and doing well. The oak tree produces many acorns. In the midst of being the moderator, I produced many sons and daughters. I trust the acorns will continue to live and produce, and I hope and pray this association will grow and move forward.”
Anderson also celebrated the release of his first book, “The Autobiography of Rev. Charlie (C. L.) Anderson: I am a Poor Boy a Long Way from Home.” The book captures the life of C.L. Anderson and his journey in the ministry.
“I am a Poor Boy a Long Way from Home” was the title of my first sermon,” Anderson said. “The sermon was preached at St Luke Baptist Church in Hinesville, where Rev. B. T. Smith was the pastor at that time.
The book contains some of Anderson’s most inspiring and popular sermons Copies are available at Temple of Praise Bookstore (876-6520) in Hinesville and Heaven Sent Bookstore (912-530-9606) in Jesup. You may also contact Anderson at 368-7305 or Shirley Frasier at 368-5204 for additional copies.
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