Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Paul H. Anderson Taken Home to Glory

Greenville Seminary alumnus Paul H. Anderson was suddenly called home by His heavenly Father on June 26, 2015, at the age of 55. He died of a massive stroke from a blood clot in his brain.

A memorial service was scheduled for July 10 at Calvary Church in Trumbell, Conn. A second service is being planned for Greenville, S.C. on July 31st, 11 a.m. at Second Presbyterian Church.

Paul graduated from GPTS in 1999 and served as pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Fall River, Mass. since his ordination in 2004. Unmarried, he is survived by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Albert Anderson, and two siblings. His parents, both suffering from ill health, are members of Second Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Greenville, S.C.

Born in Maine and nicknamed "Happy" or "Hap," Paul spent his youth in the Greenville-Taylors area, where he graduated from Eastside High School and worked in retail before entering college in Rhode Island. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1983.

With President George H.W. Bush
While at GTPS, he served as an administrator and adjunct faculty member, 1998-2000.

Paul was active in Republican Party politics and ran for mayor of Fall River as an independent in 2014. He once considered running for governor of Rhode Island. "Good morals are the foundation of honest ethics and good government," he said on his campaign web site. "We need to do more than just try to look good and feel good; we must actually do good and be good. We are neighbors not enemies, and we must agree, when we disagree, to disagree agreeably. Public office is a public trust, not a property right invested in the office holder, which privilege may be forfeited when the public trust is lost."

With parents
“I remember that Paul's parents used the nickname ‘Happy’ for Paul because he was always so cheerful and hopeful,” said John Van Voorhis, a friend of the family and GPTS trustee. “Now, despite what must have been a shocking and unexpected homegoing for Paul, and for the grief which will accompany God's sovereign intervention in his life, Paul is truly ‘happy’ in the very highest sense. ‘Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.’"