Andrew McDonald is the pastor of Lord of Life Lutheran Church. He is a native of New England, born to Roman Catholic parents near Boston. When he was three, his family moved to Connecticut, and then to Texas when he was ten. He attended a Jesuit high school in Dallas, where he developed a serious interest in the priesthood.
Andrew then enrolled at Middlebury College in Vermont, where he majored in literary studies. During those years, he studied abroad twice—first in Scotland, then in Russia. Through his studies, Andrew developed a deep love of the Russian language. In fact, it was the novels of Fyodor Dostoevsky that enriched his appreciation for the Christian faith. Middlebury is also where Andrew discovered the writings of Martin Luther, which started him on the path to becoming Lutheran.
Andrew began studying at Concordia Lutheran Seminary (Edmonton) in September of 2014. During these years, he did field work at King of Kings Lutheran Church (St. Albert) and Bethel Lutheran Church (Sherwood Park). He also served as vicar at Trinity and Zion Evangelical Lutheran Churches (Winkler and Morden, Manitoba). He was ordained to the pastoral ministry and installed at Lord of Life on July 15, 2018.
Andrew is married to Rachael, a school psychologist from Denver, Colorado. She herself has also lived in Anchorage, Alaska and Seattle, Washington. Together they share a deep love for the gospel and literature (and each other). They also have two sons, Paul and Jack.
Andrew is a lifelong actor and has performed in numerous theatrical productions. He also practices Shinkan Ryu Kenpo, a style of historical Japanese swordsmanship.
Andrew is glad to be serving Lord of Life and the Kamloops community.