Lois J. Anderson, Life Member

Lois J. Anderson

Lois J. Anderson

During her active years in religion communication, Lois J. Anderson was a writer, editor, producer, trainer and administrator devoted to non-profit public service communication from 1953 to 2000 in New York City.

She is a native of Evanston, Illinois, who was profoundly influenced by the Children's Theater and its pioneers at Northwestern University. She is the daughter of Swedish immigrants and was reared in the Swedish Baptist tradition. She became a Northern/American Baptist following her education at Washington College and the University of Virginia.

She was a member of the Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City from 1955 to 2003. Upon retirement, she moved to Indianapolis and joined with her family the Episcopal Christ Church Cathedral in 2003.

During her half-century career in religion communication, Anderson served the American Baptist Church in the USA radio-TV department working with the program units of ABC, CBS, NBC and media training for clergy. At the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, she served with the Communication/Broadcast and Film Commission. She also served in public and church relations with Religion in American Life, the American Bible Society and Church Women United.

A highlight of her career was the development of the film PARABLE, for the Protestant and Orthodox Pavilion at the 1964 New York World's Fair. Representing American Baptist at the time, she chaired the Film Committee, which was responsible for the controversial "best film at the Fair" designation given the film by Newsweek.

Her professional associations include: the Religion Communicators Council, the North American Broadcast Section of the World Association for Christian Communication, the Tri-State Media Ministry, Inc. (N.Y., N.J., Conn.) and Church Women United.

Lois Anderson died in September 2017.

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