M.Div., Andover Newton Theological School
D.Min., Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Rev. Dr. Andrew Armstrong has been the Senior Minister of Acton Congregational Church since December 2007. He grew up in Johnson City, New York and received his undergraduate degree from Binghamton University. After graduation, Andy earned his Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School and has also completed the Officer’s Chaplain Training for the U.S. Army. In 2010 he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and the University of Aberdeen with a thesis on “God, Globalization and the Local Church.”
Before his call as Senior Minister at Acton Congregational, Andy served 13 years as Senior Minister at St. Matthews UCC in Hamburg, NY. Prior to that, he served as minister to St. Luke’s UCC in Auburn, NY and as an interim pastor to First Congregational Church UCC in Binghamton, NY.
Rev. Armstrong is passionate about the unity of the church. He has been an ecumenical oblate to Mount Saviour Monastery in Elmira, NY since 1997 and has received Jesuit spiritual direction for more than a decade. Andy is a member of the Boston Ministers Club that brings the areas clergy from many traditions together for fellowship and learning. He has integrated his encounter with multiple Christian practices with his GTD practice (Andy is a fan of the David Allen Co.) and Open Book Learning’s insights about our cognitive preferences. From this he is developing a new approach to devotional practices to help people draw closer to Christ based on their own uniqueness.
Along with these ministerial callings, Andy keeps in touch with the academic world. He participated in the Center for Theological Inquiry at Princeton University, served as an adjunct professor of Religious Studies at Canisius College.
Andy believes in investing in the community as well and does so through service on the Acton Safety Net and The Lazarus House Advisory Board. He also has a heart for global missions having served on outreach teams in Mexico, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.
In his spare time he is an avid cyclist-having bicycled across the country twice-and enjoys hiking, long walks with his dogs, and travels with his family. Andy and his wife, Janice, reside in Acton with their three daughters Anastasia, Sophia, and Natalie.
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