Long-time B.C. Liberal MLA and former United Church minister Val Anderson has died at the age of 77.

Anderson served as the member for Vancouver-Langara for three terms beginning in 1991, but did not run for re-election in 2005.

Anderson was a former professor at the Vancouver School of Theology, and worked with the Canadian Multifaith Action Society.

He was also one of the founders of the Vancouver Food Bank and the Pacific Youth and Family Addiction Service Society.

There are tributes from both sides of the legislature for Anderson on Thursday.

Premier Gordon Campbell says Anderson was "dedicated to strengthening families, strengthening communities and building a better future for individuals."

He says he was a man of "faith and family, honour and honesty, integrity and ideas."

Anderson is survived by his wife, three children and four grandchildren.