Andrea is a mom of four teenagers. Her two youngest, Annie and Audrey, are twins who were diagnosed with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex at five months old. Andrea and her husband Kirk have experienced deep grief – at the loss of dreams and all that they expected their lives to be. They face daily challenges as they raise children with special needs as well as their two typical children. Having two children with profound intellectual disabilities has been challenging, rewarding and heart breaking for Andrea and Kirk and at times they have felt unequipped to handle all that is required of them. Still, they continue to find strength in the Lord – through prayer and in His Word and through being part of the Church Body. They have been enabled to not only survive but thrive in the life they have been given and know true joy in their circumstance. Andrea has a heart for disability ministry and longs to help families affected by disability to truly experience the joy of the Lord and find a place of belonging within the Church Body.
Andrea holds her Master of Science in Education (Disability Studies, Disability Ministry), Bachelor of Theology and Early Childhood Education Diploma. She is a certified Leader for Beyond Suffering – A Christian View on Disability Ministry (Joni and Friends).
To make disciples. To seek out those who are missing from the Church, especially persons who have historically been devalued by society. To honor those who seem weaker and recognize they are indispensable (1 Cor. 12:22) in the Body of Christ. To love and accept people into the Church just as they are and promote spiritual wholeness. To equip members of the Body of Christ in becoming ministers with rather than just to people with disabilities, so that every person can contribute by using their God-given gifts to bless and serve the Church and the community.