Place of Birth: Drew-Born in Chicago, Illinois, but grew up in Longmont, Colorado.
Amanda- Born & raised south of Denver in Castle Rock, Colorado
Children: One amazing daughter, Lillian Jo
Education: Drew-Bachelor in Theology (BTh) from Justo Mwale University, Lusaka, Zambia.
Amanda- Bachelor of Ares (BA) in International Studies from Baylor University
Background: Drew began his journey in ministry as a Middle School youth leader while he was in High School. His involvement in youth ministry took him on many mission trips both locally and internationally, which led him to be an outreach/mission minded person. After graduating High School, Drew, through a church partnership, lived with a Zambian Presbyterian pastor in Lusaka, Zambia for six months. While Drew was living there, he was befriended by American Presbyterian missionaries who taught at a Theological University called Justo Mwale University. Although Drew was interested in studying theology at Justo Mwale, he didn’t feel the time was right. He went back the state where he grew up, Colorado, and worked with a inner city missions organization called Center for Student Missions at their Denver site. While working there, Drew met his wife, Amanda, who was another staff member and they got married later after Amanda graduated from Baylor University. Drew served as an Intern of Worship and Outreach at Central Presbyterian Church in Longmont, CO. before moving to Zambia in 2014, just three months after Amanda and Drew got hitched.
Amanda was also involved in youth and missions growing up and these experiences inspired her to pursue a degree in international studies and look for opportunities to serve abroad. She spent many summers working with youth and inner-city missions in Denver and after graduating she interned for Center for Student Missions Denver for a year.
While in Zambia, Drew spent most of his time in a classroom and serving at Lusaka Community Church, while Amanda worked for Mennonite Central Committee coordinating yearlong volunteer exchange programs for young adults coming to and/or from for Zambia and Malawi.
Their daughter, Lillian Jo, was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 2017 and they wanted to show off her cuteness to grandparents back in the USA so, after Drew completed his course work, they moved to Georgia.
Hobbies: Drew-Playing music, Coffee brewing, cooking, ancient Greek, watching movies, biking, theology, philosophy, watching animals and chasing Lillian with Amanda.
Amanda- yoga, trying new things, creating cool things from Pinterest, and dancing in the kitchen (among other shenanigans) with Drew & Lillian Jo.
Favorite Dessert: Drew-All desserts are my favorite, but if I were to pick only one, I’d say Cookie Dough Ice Cream.
Amanda- Little Man’s Salted Oreo Ice Cream