Andre was born in Strasburg, Virginia and raised as a young man in the city of Washington D.C. He graduated from high school at the young age of seventeen; later that year, he attended the University of Maryland. The following year he joined the U.S. Navy with his best friend and served for twenty years, retiring in 1996.
At the age of 18, he found himself on the aircraft carrier, USS Constellation, headed on his first overseas adventure. On the ship he was invited to a Bible study and heard the message of the Gospel for the very first time. Upon hearing this message, he realized he was a sinner, separated from God by those sins (Rom 3:23). The result of his sins would be death, separation from God for all eternity (Rom 6:23). He understood that even though he was a sinner destined for hell, Christ died for him (Rom 5:8). Tossing in his bed later that night, he knew the Holy Spirit was working on his heart, convicting him of his sins and causing him to see himself guilty before a Holy God. In Romans 10:9-10 it states, “if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” Later that night his overseas adventure was forever changed when he surrendered his life before God, trusting in Jesus as his Lord and Savior. God has blessed Andre with a wonderful wife, Dawn, for more than 25 years. They have three great kids, Devin, Dylan, and Danae.
Over these many years of being blessed by God, Andre has grown in his knowledge of the Word and in his desire to serve Jesus. Andre has served in the jail ministry for the Riverside County Sheriff Department at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta for three years. His passion is to share the Gospel with the inmates in jail- “so they may learn the Truth of our Lord and Savior and know that with Jesus Christ there is forgiveness of sin and the hope of a changed life”. (2 Cor. 5:17)