Meet Pastor Andrew
Hey! My name is Andrew Crimmins and I am the Lead Pastor at Asheville First Church of the Nazarene. Below, you will find photos and stories that help make up my ministry journey.
I grew up a Nazarene pastor's kid, and am 4th generation Nazarene. I preached my first sermon at age 11 standing on a stool so I could see over the pulpit. about a year later, as much as a twelve-year-old boy could, I felt God calling me to the ministry.
I attended Trevecca Nazarene University where i earned a Bachelor's in Pastoral Ministry, and continued on to receive a Master's of Divinity from Vanderbilt University. During my time at Vanderbilt I served in ministry at a homeless agency called Room in the Inn. One day I was serving in our Foot Clinic at RITI which washed and cared for the feet of the un-housed folks, when I happened to meet a very beautiful volunteer named Rebecca. A few years later Rebecca became my wife and we have been ministry partners ever since. Rebecca is an ICU nurse at Mission Hospital here in Asheville, NC.
In 2017 we were blessed with our first child, Desmond. He has been a joy for us over this last year and can't wait to see what God has in store for his life!
My passion in ministry and for our church in Asheville is to see God's holy love be made tangible for our community. From my work with the homeless and my time as a Hospice Chaplain, I am convinced that for people to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ they first need to feel the good news. They need to feel God's love tangibly in their lives through the body of Christ. my hope for our church is that we would be the body of Christ that allows them to tangibly experience the love of God, so in turn they may entrust their lives to Jesus Christ.