Pastor Andrew Rashford-Hewitt is an ordained minister with a community-based pastoral experience of over 27 years, including ministry in the South Republic of Korea for a year and the Czech Republic for a year.
Before entering pastoral ministry, Andrew worked in the NHS and public health to support men following the Pit closures and recession of the late 1980s and early 1990s. During this time, he gained valuable experience in stress management and later completed a Diploma in Counselling from Birmingham University.
With extensive experience as a counsellor and community Pastor, Andrew has worked with various communities of Asian, Eastern Asian, Caribbean, African, European, North American and British cultures. This allows him to be cognizant of how people from diverse backgrounds and faiths understand and see the world. Furthermore, Andrew has served as a chaplain at a women's prison in Cheshire and was the founder of the Street Pastors initiative in Sheffield through inter-faith collaboration and development.
Currently, Andrew is completing a second master's degree in systematic family psychotherapy with an emphasis on supporting men, adolescents, couples and families. Andrew is the author of two books on the book of Proverbs. The second being geared towards the needs of men. He is currently working on his third compilation.
With a master's degree in Old Testament Theology and Church Growth and an undergraduate degree in Religion – both from Andrew's University – he is a dedicated theologian who loves preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ with the three angel's message. As a dedicated communicator, he enjoys finding creative but meaningful ways to share the gospel.
Andrew is husband to his darling wife of 25 years, Andrea, and together they have two teenage sons. He is the last son of proud Jamaican parents who were a part of the Windrush generation who moved to England in the mid-1950s.
As the Men's Ministries sponsor of the North England Conference, Andrew holds this post with a great deal of informed experience and curiosity as he constantly seeks to learn how to reach and win men for the Kingdom of God through a needs-based ministry. He is passionate about this work and enjoys developing training aides and programs to move the ministry forwards. It is Andrew's keen focus to see the work of Men's Ministries become a vibrant work that raises men – young and old – to become all they can in the beautiful image of a loving God.
Andrew enjoys cycling, running, swimming, working out, reading, writing, cooking, travelling, exploring, meeting new people and spending time with his family.