Director of Discipleship
Staff Member since 2007
Director of Discipleship Ministries
Lives in Fayetteville, Ark.; married to Ashley; five children; Bachelor of Arts in history and English (Austin College); Master of Arts in literature (Boston College).
Getting to Know Andrew
Q: When/how did you become involved with Lightbearers?
A: In late 2006, I was finishing graduate school in Boston, and Ashley and I didn’t really know where we were headed next. We sensed God was moving us toward overseas ministry but didn’t know what that might look like, and my persaonl gifting seemed more in small group ministry and discipleship than church planting. Around this time, I received a call from Julia Robinson, a Lightbearers board member, who told me of a new job with Lightbearers (a mission organization) doing discipleship (small group ministry). In my mind, that was the best of both worlds: A way to work in missions while doing something I felt skilled and passionate about.
Q: What excites you about the Lightbearers vision?
A: Renewability. Someday we’ll wake up and this thing will be clicking and every year you’ll have income and people replaced by more income and more people and more income and more people. And we won’t even know the fruit of what we funded 10 or 15 years ago overseas because it’s just kept multiplying and affecting more people.
Q: Other than Jesus, what Bible character would you want to have lunch with?
A: John. You’ve gotta go with somebody who knew Jesus, and I get the impression that John thought a lot about (and got closer than just about anybody else to understanding) who Christ was.
Q: Other than Bible characters, what three people, living or dead, would you want to have lunch with?
A: Martin Luther, Marco Polo, and Ashley.
Q: What does a fun, relaxing day look like for you?
A: It’s mid October; 74 degrees with a slight breeze. Wake up early without an alarm and spend some time with the Lord. Then Ashley and the kids and I do something outdoors together. Later, some basketball or golf with some good friends. After we grill out and eat outside, the temperature magically drops 55 degrees and a heavy snow falls. This makes it easier to read in front of the fire in the evening and for Ashley and I to spend some time just catching up. Then we look out the window and there is a herd of deer. I grab some peanuts and reach out the window and the deer gently come up and eat out of my hand.