Andy and his wife Margaret have attended Grace Community Church since 2001 when they moved to Maryville from Florida (having grown up in upstate New York). Andy has been privileged to serve as an elder since 2003. He is also a Family Physician working with a group of Christian physicians at Trinity Medical Associates. Another GCC member, Tom Webb, serves as a Christian counselor for their practice.
Margaret and Andy recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. The Lord is good! The Lord blessed them with seven children, 4 of whom they are home-schooling and 3 are off to college. The verse that has defined their family for several years has been 3 John 1:4 “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”
Andy enjoys writing and has written three booklets which he uses in his medical practice. One conveys the gospel wrapped around patient stories (A Second Opinion From the Great Physician), and the other two take a Christian view of depression and anxiety. Otherwise, he enjoys hanging out with his family, hiking, and getting pounded in racquetball by Pastor Chris (a ministry to keep Andy humble). Margaret enjoys (usually) trying to juggle the nine lives that revolve around her, while educating the children, and serving as a magnet to draw them all home.
I cannot end this description without noting (to quote a character from the classic book, Cry the Beloved Country), that the bottom line is “I am a sinful man who the Lord has chosen to use.” It is completely by His grace that we stand. A much-loved verse that encourages our hearts while giving credit where it should be is Jude 24-25:
24: Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.