Andrew was born and raised in an Anglican family in Subiaco where he attended Christ Church Grammar School. While at school he was involved in the St. George’s Cathedral choir as head chorister, always hoping to enter the priesthood.
After enduring a terrible and brutal schooling till year 11, Andrew left school and went out to work, quickly immersing himself in the world and all that it offered, good and bad.
Andrew describes this as a time when he got involved in a very ‘self-centred lifestyle’.
In 1983, whilst studying for a Bachelor of Education at Edith Cowan University and working in his parent’s pharmacy, he met his future wife, Sue, who prayed for him endlessly.
Eventually she convinced him to come to her church and it was at that first meeting that he encountered God and his life was forever changed. This was a major cultural shift to what Andrew was used to as his only experience of church was in a formal Anglican setting full of ritual and lacking any connection with God.
“This is when I literally felt the presence of Jesus and knew beyond a doubt that he is real and that he loved me more than anyone ever would, no matter what I had done in my past he would forgive me and that he didn’t hold a grudge and that he didn’t want to make me feel guilty or worthless or less than anyone else, I was his son and he was the father that I had always needed and yearned for,” describes Andrew.
Turning his back on his past and everyone in it, Andrew and Sue married in 1996 and instantly became a family, as Sue already had 4 children. Since then there have been an additional 3 children, 3 grandchildren and countless memories. Andrew currently owns and runs a successful restaurant in Subiaco.
Andrew’s heart is to be the hands of God in the world, reaching out to touch, to heal, to mend broken lives.