Andy was first drawn to Oakland in his High School years, where he would take part in the worship gatherings of a great church on Lake Merritt called Regeneration Church. He witnessed a vibrant community that was full of imperfect people, and yet, it was clear that these folks who might not fit in anywhere else had found a home and community. Regeneration was managing the tension of re-centering their lives around the teachings of Jesus, and also doing this in a way that made sense for their Oakland context.
His initial call to church planting began more than 15 years ago, when he was at a Passion Conference, and heard God speak to his heart: create environments where people can have an encounter with me.
(In case you're wondering, no - Andy doesn't usually hear from God like that. But it's pretty cool when it does happen!)
One of the many reasons Andy knew that it was time to plant a church in Oakland was simply because he really loves Oakland. It's his favorite place to hangout on his day off, meet up with friends, read, hike, explore, and people watch.
Andy will gladly nerd out with you about Jesus, being a dad, graphic design, Legos, Star Wars, dinosaurs, and whatever book he's currently reading. (Sarah would also appreciate it if you took a few books from his collection, as it's creating a space problem in their home.)
It's a dream come true to live in North Oakland, get to know his neighbors, and go on coffee dates with Sarah, David, and their dog Leia (named after everyone's favorite galactic princess).