Christian school head hopes to increase enrollment, programs
Rockland — A member of Littlefield Memorial Baptist Church has taken the top job at the adjoining Pen Bay Christian School.
Ken Anderson of Rockland was recently named administrator at the school. Anderson has been a member of the church for seven years and has lived in Rockland for 17 years.
Anderson grew up on Criehaven, an island south of Matinicus. When he was 10 years old his father died and the family moved to Florida, where his mother was from.
Anderson, a pastor, said he always wanted to move back to Maine and become a fisherman and it took him some time to realize that the ministry was really his calling.
A verse in the Bible refers to following Jesus and he will make one a fisher of men. Anderson said in a way he is a fisherman, just of a different sort.
While in Florida, Anderson worked in a Christian school and after moving back to Maine he taught in Port Clyde and in South Thomaston.
One of Anderson's goals for Pen Bay Christian School is to increase the student body. Currently the school enrolls 34 students in the preschool program and about 30 in the elementary school. The school teaches preschool through eighth grade.
"It's hard in this economy, but it's the main thing," he said.
He would also like to build programs that are "well-pleasing" to the parents and students, he said. He would also like to see more students from the school continue on in the ministry.
"Train a child in the way he should go and when they are old he will not turn from it," Anderson said, quoting Proverbs 22:6.
The first day of school at Pen Bay Christian School is Tuesday, Sept. 4.