Andrew was brought up in a Christian family and gave his life to Jesus at just four years old. Surrounded by the things of God from a very young age, he attended a faith school – Hope House (formerly Barnsley Christian School) in his home town of Barnsley, which had a remarkable visitation of the Holy Spirit in the mid-90’s.
For many years Andrew and his family attended the Outreach Christian Centre in the village of Darton where his father was on the leadership. Following a visit from evangelist Roy Todd, Andrew was baptised in the Holy Spirit aged 16. The Senior Pastor of OCC was Grayson Jones (today on the National Leadership Team of Assemblies of God) and in the year 2000, following completion of his studies, Andrew took a twelve month “gap year” under Pastor Grayson, being heavily involved in youth and schools work.
In 2001, aged 18, Andrew entered full time ministry at Bethel Community Church in the village of Royston initially as an intern, then later as schools and youth worker.
During this time Andrew, achieved a certificate in Biblical studies from Mattersey Hall Bible College and later became a fully accredited minister with the Assemblies of God UK and Ireland.
In 2006, Andrew was appointed youth pastor and then later assistant pastor at Bethel Church, serving firstly under Pastor John Morgan and later Pastor Dave Jones.
In January 2007 Andrew had a powerful encounter with the Holy Spirit which led to a wonderful move of God in the youth group at the Church, with many young people coming and experiencing God’s presence. This was the start of Andrew launching “Generation Builders” and beginning to travel to the nations.
Andrew has led teams of young people from the Church on mission trips to USA and Argentina and has also preached in various parts of Europe and Africa. He has ministered in a number of Church’s in the UK and has also spoken at the One Event in Lincoln as part of the Holy Spirit stream led by Jarrod Cooper. Andrew has been part of Evangelist Nathan Morris’ (Shake the Nations) ministry teams on two crusades in Africa, including the nation of Kenya, where today his brother Matthew and sister in law Becky run the Kings Children Home under the banner of their ministry One by One.
For two years, Andrew oversaw the Bethel Internship and Ministry Academy a full time internship programme, where young people were discipled, trained and released into ministry and also taught God’s Word for several hours each week.
In 2014 Andrew handed over his pastoral duties in the church and was released by the leadership to run Generation Builders full time.
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Andrew met Laura in 2006 and in 2009 they were married at Bethel Church.
Laura was also brought up in a Christian home. From a very young age Laura served in the worship team at New Oxford Road Church, Mexborough, Doncaster (now Life Church) for many years. Laura was later heavily involved in the youth ministry at Fathers House Church, Wath, Rotherham and at Bethel Church, Royston, Barnsley, organising the youth meetings, special evangelistic events and leading worship.
Laura has a deep passion for worship, and this has inspired her commitment to worship in the local church, encouraging others to be passionate in their musical gifting and serving the Body of Christ with everything they have. Laura has also had the honour of serving other ministries including Shake The Nations Ministries, Lydia Stanley-Marrow, Angie Lendon, Chris Bowater, The Ant Lee Band, Rob Parker and others.
Laura is also a gifted graphic designer, and as well as doing all the design work for Generation Builders also runs Peanut Designs. If your church or ministry needs some graphics work doing, then please contact her at email@example.com
Andrew and Laura welcomed their first child in October 2014, a son called Judah Benjamin.
Andrew and Laura are members of Revive Church, a multi-site church in East Yorkshire under the leadership of Jarrod Cooper