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

Camp Sunflower Provides a Place for LGBTQ+ Youth to Soar

Recently, Social Entrepreneur Program Coordinator Rev. Ashley Mayham and NBA trustee Wanda Scott visited Camp Sunflower in Wichita, Kansas to observe how the ministry has grown since they first engaged with NBA in 2019.

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NBA at General Assembly: A Recap of our Week in Louisville

Miss us at this summer’s CCDOC General Assembly? We’re sharing the highlights!

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NBA Welcomes Two Social Entrepreneur Cohort Members as Incubate Partners

We are excited to introduce our two new Incubate Partners joining us this year.

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Announcing the Spring 2023 Mission & Ministry Grantees

Meet our newest group of Mission & Ministry Grantees.

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Introducing NBA’s New Young Adult Leadership Development Program Area

We are thrilled to share an update to our work with young adults!

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Meet NBA’s New Director of Young Adult Leadership Development

We’re so excited for what’s next in our young adult program and proud to introduce Dr. Tene Davis, NBA’s new Director of Young Adult Leadership Development.

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NBA Welcomes Four New Trustees and Celebrates the Leadership of Outgoing Members in St. Louis

NBA's Board of Trustees gather in St. Louis for it's biannual in person meeting.

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Creating Their Destiny: Mission & Ministry Grantee Teaches Young Black Girls Life Skills

Mission & Ministry grantee uses funds to support and encourage young Black women.

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NBA Welcomes New Health and Social Service Partner Program Coordinator

We’re excited to introduce Jerell DeCaille, NBA’s Health and Social Service Partner Program Coordinator!

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Trauma-Informed Church Offers Ministry Like Jesus Would

This east side Indianapolis congregation is leading with love and on a mission to be in ministry that mimics Jesus’ time on Earth.

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A Place to Belong: Indiana Congregation Creates Community Events for Older Adults

When Countryside Christian Church realized the older adults in their congregation were feeling particularly isolated, they turned to NBA for support.

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How One Congregation Created a Network of Compassionate Older Adults

In 2020, Beloved Christian Church began its Compassion Practice+ program, which teaches the Compassion Practice (CP) to adults over 50.

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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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