John F. Anderson served as Senior Minister of the First Presbyterian Church of Orlando from December 1, 1958 until July 1965. He left First Presbyterian to serve as Executive Secretary of the Board of National Ministries of the General Assembly. True to his Texan heritage he thought in large terms; during his first four years as Senior Minister, First Presbyterian funds a hospital in Mexico and another one in Korea, a teaching auditorium at Florida Presbyterian College, a new fellowship hall and chapel in downtown Orlando, Winter Park Towers and helped establish the Conway Presbyterian Church.
Dr. Anderson was also well know in the community for his weekly Sentinel Star column and radio program, “Words to Live By.”
This interview was conducted by James C. Robinson on June 20, 1976 for the Friends of the Orlando Public Library’s Oral History Committee. We are grateful for the Orange County Regional History Center‘s making this recording available for Orlando Memory.
Interview Part 1
Interview Part 2
Interview Part 3
Interview with Rev. Dr. John F. Anderson, Part 2
Interview with Rev. Dr. John F. Anderson, Part 3