Andrew (Gallery - top) was born in 1982 and is proud Husband of Jenny (1983) and Father of Hope (2011). He was born in Forest Gate, London, and is a keen Arsenal supporter but having spent most of his childhood in East Anglia feels most at home in both Suffolk and Norfolk.
Andrew grew up in a loving Christian home and understands his faith to be long lasting. His Father's ministry (as professional musician) enabled him to engage in front line Christian ministry, to encounter different styles and denominations of worship, giving him a passion for ecumenicalism today. But it wasn't until attending university in Canterbury (2002-2005) that Andrew was fully able to understand and commit to the gospel, being baptised as a believer and beginning to fulfill a calling to Christian ministry as he led on the CU Committee as Worship Co-ordinator and led musical worship at Canterbury Baptist Church, including the co-leading of a new evening service called Regeneration.
With full intentions of becoming a Music Teacher professionally, Andrew quickly realised that he was being called to full-time Christian ministry and following university accepted opportunities to serve as Student Worker at Canterbury Baptist Church and Chaplaincy Assistant at Canterbury Christ Church University. These were fruitful ministries but the role at Canterbury Baptist Church became full-time after only one year, with an expanding ministry amongst students and a key responsibility for developing music and creative arts in worship both within the church and the ecumenical community. This ministry continued for three years until Andrew explored and accepted his call to Baptist ministry, beginning Church Based training at Spurgeon's College, London, in 2008 and as Associate Minister at Canterbury Baptist Church.
Andrew and Jenny enjoyed nine very happy years in Canterbury, six of which were spent in full-time Christian ministry. They made many friends, saw the church grow significantly, and Andrew was able to develop skills and ministries that he was passionate about (including Regeneration, The WOW Factor, The Lighthouse and Street Pastors). But in his last year of ministerial training both Andrew and Jenny felt that the time had now come for a new challenge, and it seemed that Leicester was to be that challenge very quickly!
The family are delighted to be here, feel a great warmth and love towards the church, and have come with a very clear vision for the future of Central in building God's Kingdom. They look forward to meeting with you and pray that if it is God's will, this might be a vision you can share with them.