|Birth: ||Jun. 6, 1940, USA|
|Death: ||Jul. 4, 2012|
Cliff first encountered Young Life when he was a teacher in a surburb of Chicago. Visiting his first club with other teachers, he met the speaker, Bill Starr ( Who would later become Young Life's second president). Soon after that meeting, he became a volunteer leader for the next eight years before becoming the area director in Northern Chicago. He later served as regional director of the Indiana/Michigan region from 1978 to 1988.
In 1988 he came to Colorado Springs to make the city a separate Young Life region. Eventually his responsibilities turned more toward training. He became interim director for the institute of Youth Ministry in 1993 and then training director of Continuing Education. Named Vice President of Training in 2000. Cliff remained in this post until his retirement in 2006.
Cliff's achievements are many. He provided key leadership for many of Young Life's specialiazed ministries-including Capernaum,YoungLives and WyldLife, and he helped develop the Student Leadership Project for high school students. Cliff served as chairman of the Board for the Dale House in Colorado Springs, provided leadership in Young Life's German Church Partnership, and was involved in an ongoing dialogue with the Catholic Church about best practices in youth ministry. He developed Young Life's partnerships with many seminaries and was instrumental in establishing the Fuller Seminary extension program in Colorado Springs, where he taught classes as an adjunct professor.
Cliff served until 2006 when he officially retired but, of course, unofficially did not. Since then, Cliff continued to be involved in a variety of ways as part-time staff and volunteer. He last was working on a history project lending his 50 years of experience to telling the Young Life story. He also provided a listening ear and served as a compassionate counselor to staff and volunteers. At our Service Center, I'd see Cliff pop into this office, then that one, talking with staff. Fifty years of service. A long obedience in the same direction. And I was priviledged to walk with him for 19 of those 50 years.
One of the questions on Cliff's original Young Life employment application was: "How long do you anticipate working for the Young Life Campaign if accepted?' His answer was. 'Forever. Cliff Anderson fulfilled his contract. And because he did, Young Life and all of us will never be the same." Denny Rydberg, President
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Created by: Eva Pippin Flowers
Record added: Oct 08, 2012
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