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Bishop-designate Anderson ordination and consecration ceremony
The Sacred Service of Ordination and Consecration for Bishop-Designate Mark Q. Anderson is planned for April 5 at 1 p.m. at Oasis Life Training Center, 39605 Entrepreneur Lane, Palm Desert, Calif.
The Sacred Service of Ordination and Consecration for Bishop-Designate Mark Q. Anderson is planned for April 5 at 1 p.m. at Oasis Life Training Center, 39605 Entrepreneur Lane, Palm Desert, Calif.
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BLYTHE, Calif. - The Sacred Service of Ordination and Consecration for Bishop-Designate Mark Q. Anderson is planned for April 5 at 1 p.m. at Oasis Life Training Center, 39605 Entrepreneur Lane, Palm Desert, Calif.

A Blythe native, Anderson got his early education in Fontana, Calif. As a child he attended House of Refuge Church of God in Christ (COGIC ) of Fontana and Trinity Mission COGIC of San Bernardino, Calif. under Bishop S.M. Crouch and Bishop E.E. Cleveland. Anderson preached his first sermon at age 6 entitled "Don't Give Up" at Pastor Samuel Powel's church, The Cross COGIC, in Ripley, Calif.

The seventh of nine children born to Superintendent Howard and Evangelist Missionary Marian Anderson, Anderson credits his ministerial training and baptism into Christ to the consecrated lives of his parents.

Anderson's path to Bishop officially began when he was licensed as a minister in 1995 by his pastor and father Superintendent Howard at Temple Garden of Prayer (TGP) COGIC in Blythe, where he had also faithfully served for over 25 years. He received his theological training certification and ordination in 1998 by Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Presiding Bishop of COGIC. He served in all offices at TGP COGIC including Sunday school teacher and superintendent, YPWW president and teacher, evangelism, minister of music, missions, treasurer, secretary, 1st administrator, transportation, janitor, and elders council.

In addition, Anderson helped organize the non-profit TGP Youth Instructional Center and served as business administrator. He also organized the community Boys and Girls Club of Blythe. He has written and received various community program grants.

Outside of Blythe, Anderson served in the Southern California 1st Jurisdiction of the Churches of God, youth president for Southern California 1st Jurisdiction, San Diego Region under Bishop J.A. Blake, Jr. for 10 years and as a Southern California State Board member under Bishop Dr. Terence Rhone for 10 years.

Prior to being called and appointed by God to pastor, Second Baptist Church in El Centro, Calif. in January 2011, Anderson served as El Centro District Secretary, evangelism, youth president, district convocation coordinator and assistant to Superintendent, Bishop Samuel Moore for 12 years.

Since then, and under the pastoral guidance of Anderson, Second Baptist Church experienced substantial growth in membership, and both economically and spiritually. In November 2013, the church voted to join Churches of Faith in Christ Fellowship. Additionally, Anderson was appointed Bishop-Designate in Churches of Faith in Christ Fellowship by Presiding Bishop Charlie E. Simmons.

Recently, Anderson was appointed as prelate of the State of California and established 17 churches in Pakistan with plans for more. "Save Pakistan" was established for the welfare and building of a school which is currently being built for over 200 children in Anderson's honor.

Anderson is preparing to retire from his law enforcement career, which began in 1987, after which he will devote full time to ministry. Outside of church, but with the love of Christ in the forefront, Anderson founded the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Community Unity Fest in Blythe and served as the local NAACP Blythe Chapter President for four years. He currently serves as union director representing 800 officers during the annual salary and benefits negotiations. He recently received the Riverside County Humanitarian Award, a governor appointment to the Colorado River Fair Board, and a letter from President Barack Obama for Anderson's Christian service in the community.

Anderson married Rebecca Davis of Blythe in August 1987 and together they have three adult children, Minister Quinnten (Carolina), Priscilla, and Yalaina, who gave them eight grandchildren.

Friends, family, and family in Christ invites the community to celebrate and recognize Anderson who is known around the world as an anointed musician, gospel singer, evangelist, preacher, motivator, and an encouragement to all.

Tickets for the event are $35 for general admission and $50 for pastors and bishops. For more information or tickets call Tanya at 951-570-8119 or visit

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