10 Years of Service and Leadership

NBA Mark D. Anderson Fund

As the NBA, we celebrate and honor 10 years of service and leadership of our President and CEO, Mark D. Anderson!  To celebrate his tenure, the NBA Mark D. Anderson Fund has been established in partnership with the Christian Church Foundation. We are grateful for all that has taken place under Mark’s leadership.

Since 2011, Mark has helped to oversee and encourage the establishment of new NBA programs, strengthened the overall organization, developed strong leadership with the NBA Board of Trustees, recruited new donors to the ministry, and enhanced connections with longtime supporters of the NBA. While he credits his years of executive nonprofit leadership experience and management skills, Mark is always quick to claim that he “stands on the shoulders of giants” and the faithful saints that have inspired him along the way. In particular, Mark names the active advocacy, faithful generosity, joy and humor of his beloved parents, Marilyn “Jeanne” Anderson and Herold “Andy” Davis Anderson, Jr.

About the NBA Mark D. Anderson Fund

We invite you to commemorate this milestone for both NBA and for Mark with a gift to the newly established, NBA Mark D. Anderson Fund. The earnings from this named fund will support the overall mission and ministry of the NBA, inclusive of our work accompanying social entrepreneurs, building innovative faith-rooted social enterprises, leadership development and vocational discernment with young adults, and offering meaningful support to established nonprofits such as coaching, executive search consulting, accounting, and peer learning groups.

Thank you for your generous support!

Make your gift to the NBA Mark D. Anderson Fund!

Please note, 2.6% of your gift will go towards credit card processing fees. We encourage you to add 2.6% to your gift, which will enable more funds that can be applied directly to mission. Thank you!

 



in his own words

Stories by Mark Anderson

Lonely But Not Alone: How Older Adult Ministries of Mid-America is Addressing Isolation

The Older Adult Ministries of Mid-America held a day-long seminar with seniors in Missouri to brainstorm how to address feelings of isolation.

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Unleashing the Potential of Careers in STEM for St. Louis Youth

The STEM field is notoriously homogenous. To combat this, Mission & Ministry Grantee Unleashing Potential developed Experience STEM.

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Mission & Ministry Grant Supports Those in Addiction Recovery

The wake up call that lead to a ministry that supports those recovering from addition.

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First Christian Church Texas City Invites a Blue Theology Mission Station to Engage Children

First Christian Church in Texas City, Texas used their Mission & Ministry grant to partner with Blue Theology to teach youth in the Galveston Bay area the importance of ‘being blue’ and taking care of the ocean and natural water sources in their community.

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Meet the 2023 Social Entrepreneur Cohort

Meet our third group of individuals and the ministries they’re building.

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Where Are They Now: NBA XPLOR Resident Lauren Frato

Seven years ago, Lauren Frato embarked on a 10-month experience with NBA that served at the catalyst for her career.

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Announcing the Fall 2022 Mission & Ministry Grantees

Meet our newest group of Mission & Ministry Grantees. These ministries represent 22 different Disciples regions and will serve a multitude of generations in topics of mental health, entrepreneurship, and creative endeavors.

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NBA XPLOR: A Retrospective

Since NBA began it's work with young adults in the 1990s, our work with young adults has grown in many ways. NBA XPLOR co-founder Rev. Ben Bohren shares his take on how it all came to be.

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NBA Board of Trustees Fall 2022 Meeting Centered on Partnerships

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White Supremacy by Another Name: How Replacement Theory is Fueling Mass Incarceration

Prison & Jail Mission Specialist Rev. Dean Bucalos explains the link between this theory and mass incarceration.

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Rebecca Hale & April Lewton Reflect on 10 Years with NBA in Video Series

An Anniversary Meal: Rebecca Hale & April Lewton Reflect on 10 Years with NBA in Video Series

In this video series, Executive VP, Rev. Rebecca L. Hale, and VP of Development & Marketing, Rev. April Lewton celebrate their 10-year anniversaries with NBA as they prep and cook a meal to share.

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Impacting the Future by Growing Leaders Through Adventure and Service

Over the last two years FCC Princeton has taken a group of adolescents across the country and helped them experience their home state of Kentucky in new and exciting ways!

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NBA Invites Three New Organizations to Become Incubate Partners

Meet our newest Incubate Partners for 2022!

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Wellness, Rhythm & Balance: A Retreat for Peer Groups

In the spring, NBA brought together members of our Peer Learning and Wellness Groups for a weekend of fellowship, reflection, and healing.

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Get to Know Rev. Rae Karim: NBA’s Interim Program Coordinator of XPLOR/Young Adult Leadership Development

NBA has been engaged with young adults across the denomination for more than a decade. Get to know Rev. Rae Karim, the woman leading this work at NBA.

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Deepening Connections Among NBA’s Entrepreneurs

Earlier this year, NBA’s social entrepreneurship team planned its first in-person trip for our 2021 and 2022 Social Entrepreneurship Cohorts.

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NBA Welcomes New Staff to Development and Operations Teams

We’ve got some new faces on staff! Get to know them.

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Staying Connected: Kansas Christian Home Uses Technology to Help Older Adults Socialize During Pandemic

For 60 years, Kansas Christian Home has provided social and health services to meet the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs of seniors. They continue to do this by using new technologies like the iN2L.

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Celebrating Our Stories of Cultural Resilience: Sharing Diverse Mental Health Stories

Joselyn Spence, NBA Director of Mental Health & Wellness has curated a group of activists, therapists, and pastors to share their stories.

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NBA Trustees Meet Virtually to Deepen Equity Work, Celebrate Outgoing Trustees

In June, NBA Trustees met virtually to deepen their equity work with the organization, review program updates, and celebrate outgoing trustees.

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Juliette Fowler’s Ebby House Provides a Place for Young Women to Heal and Gain Independence

NBA’s Mission & Ministry grants support young women like Amy who was a homeless teen taken in by Juliette Fowler’s Ebby House and has blossomed ever since.

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NBA Announces Spring 2022 Mission & Ministry Grants

We are pleased to announce our Spring 2022 Mission & Ministry Grantees! Our grant program granted a total of $203,000 to 28 Disciples projects working with older adults, children, and youth.

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NBA’s Mental Health Work Heads to Kentucky

Chaplains in Kentucky gather with the Director of Mental Health and Wellness Joselyn Spence.

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Mission & Ministry Grants Help Young Adults Gain Life Skills

Mission & Ministry Grants help support young adults like Tonya, who earned her driver’s license and secured a scholarship for college with support from NBA grantee Child Saving Institute and their Independent Living Skills program.

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Older Adult Ministries of Mid-America Presents in the General Assembly Virtual Exhibit Hall

The Older Adult Ministries of Mid-America used their Mission & Ministry Grant to intentionally expand their work from advocacy to action.

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Mission & Ministry Grants Provide Support for Spiritual Deepening and Emotional Care

Templo Cristiano Central has supported clergy interested in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) since 2019. Receiving a Mission & Ministry Grant last year, allowed their CPE program to partner with a local senior housing facility in impactful ways.

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California Church Brings Books, Food and Teaches Life Skills to Foster Children

The BLEND Church Family knew the mental toll the pandemic was having on the children in their community, so they used their Mission & Ministry Grant to provide some levity and life skills.

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Supporting Sustainability: Invested Faith Seeds $10,000 into NBA Social Entrepreneurs

In 2021, we launched our first Social Entrepreneur Cohort with the goal to intentionally and sustainably support up-and-coming social enterprises. Since then, cohort members have gone on to launch and grow their organizations and receive funding from other CC(DOC) partners, including Invested Faith.

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Virtual Reality Headsets Help Neurodiverse Youth Soar

Research suggests that individuals with autism spectrum disorder can benefit from experiences offered through virtual reality headsets like the Oculus. Learn how Woodhaven used its Mission & Ministry grant to impact the lives of its students.

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A Career of Service and Care: Gary Zimmerman’s 34 years at NBA

In 1987 Gary Zimmerman joined the NBA during a huge turning point for the organization. He worked his way up to CFO and after 34 years, Gary retired at the end of January.

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