Rev. Andrew Byars was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. He received his B.S. in Forestry at LSU in Baton Rouge. While studying for his M.S. in Forestry at Auburn University (Alabama), Andrew sensed the call to become a pastor, which was confirmed by many at the LCMS church he attended. He graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in 1990.
Andrew has served congregations in Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Along the way, he has received specialized conflict resolution training and has been a circuit counselor. He has served several small mission starts and has done interim pastorates at two congregations. He served a long-term senior pastorate at Shepherd of the Hills, Prescott, AZ.
Marie was raised in Gallup, NM. She has a B.A. in Biblical Languages and an M.A. in Systematic Theology from Concordia Seminary St. Louis, having once planned to be a Lutheran Bible Translator. She also has a blue collar background, including her time as an enlisted person in the Active Army, Navy Reserves, and Army Reserves, from which she retired. She is now a social work counselor. Her side career is music: organ, piano, euphonium (low brass), and vocal.
Their daughter, age 13 (8th grade) was born in Phoenix. Her great passion, love and talent is art. She is also an honor student and an avid reader. She has also been studying beginning German at home. is thoughtful, caring, and prayerful. She is strongly considering an adult career in advertising/marketing.
Their son, age 9-1/2 (4th grade) was born in Prescott. He is a budding Bible scholar and also loves DC superhero characters. He also shows some promise in languages. He is looking forward to once again studying Spanish in school, which he has been attempting to do at home. Both children are considering starting in track.