Fr. Andy Powell, SSCRector

As the saying goes, I’m not from Texas, but I got here as soon as I could!  I’m a native of Minnesota, having been born in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.  I grew up there and graduated from high school.  I was born into a Roman Catholic family.  I have a twin brother, Tony, and a younger sister, Cecilia.  After high school, I attended college at Miami University (Ohio) and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and History.

After finishing college, I moved to the Washington DC area.  I got a job with a U.S. Congressman and went to graduate school at the George Washington University.  After earning a Master’s degree in International Affairs, I was appointed to the staff of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.  I served there for four years, working on human rights issues and public diplomacy programs.

While I was working on the Hill I started attending an Anglican parish in Fairfax, Virginia—Church of the Apostles.  It was there that I fell in love with Anglican Christianity—I loved the liturgy, the Prayer Book, and the fact that Anglicans taught the Bible.  Although I was raised Roman Catholic, I was received into the Anglican Communion in 1989.

I left the Hill a few years later, and during the early ‘90s I began to perceive that God was calling me into the priesthood.  In 1996 I joined the staff of Church of the Apostles as a layperson working as the Ministry Coordinator for our Associate Rector.  While there, I ran several Alpha courses, and helped supervise our small groups.

In the fall of 2001, I entered seminary at Nashotah House, an Anglican seminary just outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  I graduated in 2004, and was ordained to the priesthood in June 2004 at my first parish, Grace Episcopal Church in Monroe, Louisiana.  I served as a Curate there for two years, teaching adult Sunday school, and also served as the school’s Chaplain and Middle School Religion teacher.

In 2006, I moved to Midland, Texas to become an assistant priest at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.  After one year there, due to the theological and moral crisis that had overtaken the Episcopal Church, I chose to leave the Episcopal Church in 2007 and join the staff of Christ Church Midland, an Anglican parish that was first under the spiritual protection of the Anglican Church of Uganda, and is now a part of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).   That same year I was also inducted into the Society of the Holy Cross (SSC).

I accepted a call to become the 10th Rector of St. Andrew’s Church in August 2010. I am so pleased to be here in Grand Prairie Texas and be a part of the great heritage of St. Andrew’s Church.

Since I am a native Minnesotan, I love the sport of ice hockey, having played it both in junior high school and in college intramurals.  I enjoy following the Dallas Stars, and I like to go to games whenever I can.  I enjoy spending time with friends—and I particularly love going out to restaurants with interesting food and a good atmosphere.  I am also a dog lover, and I am very fond of my dog, Kansas.  Travelling is also fun for me, and I have been to several countries around the world, and several places in the United States.  One of my favorite hobbies is history and politics and I try to stay well informed about the issues of the day.  I enjoy books on history and biographies of important historical figures.

Most of all, I love being a priest.  It is such a privilege to serve God and others. I get a great deal of joy leading the liturgy, preaching, teaching, and visiting people.  I am passionate about helping others get to know, love, and serve Jesus Christ—that they would experience His love and power in their lives.