My name is Todd, but most call me Andy – That’s because my mom didn’t like what my dad named me…but that’s for another time. I am married to a beautiful woman whom I don’t deserve and am the father of 4 precious children who have taught me more in their short lifetime than I learned the previous 27 years. Unintentionally (until the last two), the first letter of each of our names, in age order, is as follows: A, B, C, A, B, C. Thus we became the pythagorean theorem family where A²+B²=C²…too bad I’m not a math teacher or something. I spend most of my time working with teenagers though. I am the Pastor of Students at First Southern Baptist Church, Lawrence, Kansas. Some people think I have it easy because all I do is plan trips, drink cokes, play games, and go to summer camp. Yeah, I do those things – except drink cokes…I gave that up at the end of 2010 – but there is a lot more to it than that. Theodore Roosevelt once said “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Students are the epitome, and rightly so. They are seeking real relationships, those that are authentic. They want to know that they are not alone in their thoughts and feelings. They want to know that you failed just like them. The things students deal with today…cutting, drugs, alcohol, premarital sex, abortion, suicide, cheating, sexting, porn, and the list could go on…is beyond me, but not the grace of God. Yeah most of those things have been around for years, but they were in no way as easily accessible or as prevalent with any other generation. Jesus is the only answer. It’s my job to continually point them to Him as we walk or even crawl through the trenches of life together. If you can be in student ministry and not get dirty, you might want to reevaluate what you’re really doing.

The following video does a pretty good job of summing up my profession.

So, when I am not basking in the sun with students or corralling my own kids, I’m a “do-it-yourselfer” and a “deal seeker.” As for DIY I’m not afraid to try anything because I know if I get it apart and can’t get it back together I can call my Dad or brother and they will be able to tell me how to fix it or just do it themselves.  As for the deal seeker…I love a good deal. One of my favorite websites is Freecycle. The proverb, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” never rang so true. It is amazing what people get rid of and what I’ll collect in my basement…


2 Responses to About

  1. Pastor Mike says:

    Deal seeker?? From my experience, you’re just plain cheap! But that’s okay. You can’t help it.

  2. MIchele says:

    I loved the video

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