Andrew Coyle

Andrew was born in Hamilton, one of five siblings, and grew up going to the local Co-operating Church. He studied Anthropology at the University of Waikato and, after a year of visiting the local Quaker meeting, returned to the Anglican church where he entered the process of training for ordained ministry. After five years at St Johnís Theological College and a Bachelors and Masters degree in Theology (majoring in Biblical Studies) he returned to the Waikato Diocese where he served for five years as the Vicar of St Aidanís, Claudelands.

Following that, he served for four years with the Congregation of the Good Shepherd in Beijng, China, where he was the Co-Pastor with his wife, Jemma.

Andrew values hospitality as a key Christian value both professionally and personally. Welcoming people to worship, at the Communion table and to participate in the life of the church community are a key part of his ministry. He also enjoys welcoming people to the dinner table and sharing meals with friends - he has a wide vegetarian curry repertoire! Andrew is also a keen runner and reader.

Andrew is always interested in helping people deepen and strengthen their own faith and spirituality and welcomes people to contact him for conversation as well as for care in times of difficulties.