Andy at a glance:
- Where were you born? Fort McMurray, AB
- Married? Yes (Tara)
- Kids? Jakob 5, Harper 2
- What Church are you at? Family Christian Centre in Fort McMurray
- How long have you been there? Just passed 5 years
Q: What’s your favourite city to visit? Any that are warm and have good food…. I really enjoyed London when I was there (didn’t love the weather).
Q: Favourite Movie? Remember the Titans
Q: Favourite Youth Ministry moment? Recently I got to baptize 19 people in one day. That was super cool. I don’t know how you pick just one but anytime I see a young person step into being who they were meant to be I can’t believe I get to be a part of that.
Q: What’s your least favourite fast food joint? Whichever one is healthiest. I like them all really.
Q: Any pet peeves? People who drive slow in the left-hand lane.
Q: What’s the biggest mistake you ever made in ministry? What’d you learn? Being hesitant to try more things and believe God has given me good ideas. Taking risks is not always comfortable but things don’t usually change unless someone does something to change it. When I look back over the years I regret the things I didn’t do. Realizing that there are few mistakes that you can’t recover from makes me wish I would have made more.
Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of youth pastoring? Family time, sports, travel, movies
Q: What’s the best event you’ve ever done with students?
- Fun- Sumo suits, boxing gloves, bouncy houses or filling up a couple 1000 water balloons
- Creativity- The Cure- A zombie style run around in the dark. We set up a scenario where kids are screened and tagged at the beginning and given an orientation on their new live in the sanctuary set up by Imagicrop. Leaders act as artificial intelligence but there is a stage individual who has the infection and ingredients to the core are hidden through the building and in puzzles.
- 30Hr Famine. Always great to see kids get involved and for first timers to feel the stomach pains and have a talk about the world we live in.
Q: What’s your biggest ministry struggle at the moment? Long term planning and vision casting. I think a lot of us see that youth ministry needs to be tweaked but waiting on God to show the way is tough especially when your not naturally good at seeing the path you want to take.
Q: If you could gather all the youth pastors in our province in a room, what would you want to say to them? Believe in who you were created to be. Our best worship can sometimes be being the best of yourself. Trust your calling and position. Don’t let people or circumstances dictate who you are but rather be who God has called you to be. Also, not every excuse is a good excuse to leave your position. Too many let offence or difficulty allow them to walk away but there is a real blessing in staying where you are at. Quite frankly if God does not give permission to go you need to stay and love those near you.
Q: Is there something that the youth pastors of the province can be praying towards for you? My family and that God takes care of us while we work in ministry. Also, I am older by youth pastor standards so pray that I can have great insight into how to go forward in best serving a generation I am now getting far away from in age. Recently I discovered I am older than one of the youth's parents and that was both cool and terrifying. Our youth group is nearing our first complete turnover and want to keep things fresh, enjoyable but mostly intentional in what we strive for.