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October 31, 2014

Weather anchor leads worship service

Kevin Anderson ministers to Parker Memorial attendees

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Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 2:05 pm

Kevin Anderson grew up in Dallas, where his father was a Baptist pastor. His parents, Bruce and Elaine Anderson, still reside in Dallas where they oversee a rescue mission for the homeless.

Anderson is strong in his faith and has followed in the footsteps of his father. For over four years, he has led Sunday morning contemporary worship at Parker Memorial Baptist Church in Anniston. He’s also web master and is in charge of public relations at Parker.

He enjoys his job and ministering to those who attend Parker.

“I love it,” he said. “We have a very talented Praise Band. It’s a laid back service. This was unique for Parker to have a casual service, because they’re steeped in history.”

Anderson has another job. He’s the weather anchor for WEAC TV 24. At Christmas time in 2012, Anderson portrayed Joseph in a play. Mickey Shaddix, one of WEAC’s owners, was in attendance. Shaddix asked Anderson if he would be interested in filling in as a news anchor for the station. Anderson accepted, not thinking it would lead to another, full-time job, with the station.

“They were in need of an immediate weather anchor, so I filled in, and they soon gave me a full time job,” said Anderson. “I always wanted to be a weather anchor. I used to go into the bathroom as a child and pretend I was giving the weather. I’d draw clouds on the mirror. This is a dream come true for me.”

Prior to moving to Alabama, Anderson had a daytime talk show on Christian radio nine years at a metro Atlanta station.

Anderson said his wife, the former Janie Hinton, sometimes lets their children stay up to see their dad on TV.

“I’m only gone from home about an hour and 20 minutes,” said Anderson. “I get there about 15 until 9, and it’s over at 9:30, so I’m not gone very long.”

Janie has taught at a deaf school in Cave Spring, Ga., for the past 14 years. Their children, Joshua, 8, and Jaden, 6, attend Kitty Stone Elementary School.

After high school, Anderson joined the Navy. He had relatives in Gadsden who wanted him to move there and attend Jacksonville State University when he left the Navy. So, rather than going back to Dallas, he earned a degree in mass communications with a focus in journalism in 2002 from JSU. He also met his wife there.

Anderson has a brother, Jeff, who lives in Orlando, and a sister, Leslie of Dallas.

He’s a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and enjoys medal detecting and playing with his children.

Anderson expresses his appreciation to Dr. Mack Amis, pastor at Parker Memorial, and Shaddix.

“I’m very thankful to our pastor, Dr. Amis,” said Anderson. “He’s been very kind to me to allow me to do this extra job. And, I’m thankful to Mickey Shaddix for allowing me this opportunity. Most important though, I’m thankful to the Lord for the opportunities he gives us in life. It’s very important to me to follow his ways. He opens up doors for us no one else can. My faith is very important to me.”

Anderson said that Jacksonville is a special place for him.

“It’s where I got a great education, met my wife and where I met the Lord,” he said.

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