Mark D. Anderson serves as NBA President and CEO, a call he accepted in January 2011. In this role, he leads the NBA in living out its vision of “creating communities of compassion and care”–a vision that NBA fulfills by collaborating with a network of ministry partners and by equipping congregations and other direct-care providers to deliver services to those in need.
A social worker by profession, Anderson has devoted his career to meeting the medical and mental health needs of others. He previously served with Ronald McDonald House Charities and SAVE Inc. in Kansas City, MO. Originally from Peoria, IL, Anderson is a graduate of Phillips University in Enid, OK, and holds a master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis. A third-generation Disciple, he has served on the General and Administrative Boards of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and has held several positions on the local and regional levels. Some of his favorite memories were as a youth sponsor at his home congregation in Kansas! Read Mark’s full bio here >>
“I have been honored and humbled to be called to serve as the President & CEO of the NBA. Being a lifelong member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), I have always understood the calling of all Christians to respond to God’s people, especially those in need and living on the margins of our society. While in high school, I distinctly remember a conversation with my pastor’s daughter, who was in graduate school at the time for social work. As she talked about her experience and the caring ministries she was engaged in, a lightbulb went off for me. I was being called to the social work profession.
My experiences in the social work arena have been vast and varied, with challenges and joys along the way, but always at the core of my professional career, it was my faith in God that kept calling me back to caring for those in need and living on the margins of our society. So when the position opened up at NBA, with the charge from the Board of Trustees to lead with vision and passion, I was all in! My faith and professional life would join together on a deeper level, as other passionate visionaries of the church would join me on this journey of re-shaping this ministry that was started so many years ago, by women in a prayer circle who set out to care for the least of these.” –Mark D. Anderson, NBA President and CEO