Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church welcomed Pastor Andrew Abraham and his family to Crossville in August 2016.
He was installed as new Pastor on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 10 AM and delivered his first sermon on Sunday August 14. Watch Pastor Andrew’s Installation and sermons.
Pastor Andrew was born the youngest of three in Wyandotte, Michigan, in 1971. After he turned 10 years old, his father accepted a position at Nissan in Smyrna Tennessee and Pastor Andrew spent the second half of his growing up years in Nashville.
Throughout his childhood and adolescence, Pastor Andrew was enrolled in the Catholic school system where he learned to develop his skills as an altar boy and a helper in his local church. From a very early age, Pastor Andrew felt like he was being led by God’s Spirit to go into the ministry. Having joined the Army Reserves just for the thrill of it while still in high school, Pastor Andrew was finishing up his advanced training when Saddam Hussain invaded the peaceful nation of Kuwait, our nation’s ally. Consequently, Pastor Andrew’s education was put on hold so that he could serve in the Persian Gulf War.
Pastor and Monique AbrahamWhen he returned home in May of 1991 he attended college and received his liberal arts degree from Loyola University in New Orleans. He went on to complete his theological education at Notre Dame Seminary and School of Theology, which is also in New Orleans, Louisiana. On April 7 of 2000, he was ordained in a Roman Catholic setting. After a few years of serving as a priest, Pastor Andrew ended up leaving the ministry in pursuit of marriage and family.
During his years after the priesthood Pastor Andrew unexpectedly discovered the richness of the Lutheran Tradition and the greatness of Dr. Martin Luther’s contribution to Western theological discussion. In the summer of 2004 he met his soulmate and best friend, Monique, and on Christmas Eve of the same year they got engaged. Pastor Andrew and Monique became Lutherans together and were married at Ascension Lutheran Church in Madison, Tennessee. When their first child was born, Monique urged Pastor Andrew to go back into the ministry. Feeling encouraged by his wife’s insistence, Pastor Andrew was brought into the Lutheran ministry by colloquy in May of 2008 and has served as a Lutheran pastor ever since.
Pastor Andrew loves to study the Sacred Scriptures and classic Christian writings that draw him deeply into the mystery of the Man from Nazareth. Christology is one of his favorite aspects of Christian theological thought and explanation. He also enjoys studying the works of great English-speaking poets, and equal to these passions, is his love for fly fishing – a pastime that has always filled his heart with inexplicable gladness.Pastor Abraham Family
Pastor Andrew and his wife Monique are the parents of three sterling young lads: Andrew (ten years old), Gabriel (eight years old) and Atticus (six years old). They are each splendid in their own ways and share in numerous preoccupations, including Star Wars, dinosaurs and superheroes. Their parents are super proud of them.