About the Pastor
Andrew was born on July 1, 1965 in Brooklyn N.Y. and grew up in Staten Island N.Y. He is married to Angela Columbia and has three sons: Andrew, Steven, and Matthew. In 1987, he became a New York City Police Officer. He graduated from the New York City Police Academy with his undergraduate curriculum consisting of Police Science, Social Science, Law, Physical Education, and Firearms.
For 10 years, Andrew served in the 9th precinct, in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. After this, he worked as:
- Bank Manager for Dime Savings Bank 1997-1999,
- Manager for Prudential Investments 1999-2000
- Assistant Pastor at International Christian Center 2000-2001
He served as part of the Ground Zero clergy task force after the attacks on 9/11/2001. He was certified in Critical Incident Stress Management In 2002, he became the Senior Pastor of Trinity Assembly of God, formerly New LIFE Christian Center, which, is presently New Beginnings Church. Andrew served as the Senior Pastor for 15 years.
He is the President and Founder of New Life Today Ministries which was founded in 2006 Broadcasts of New Life Today have been on TBN, WGTW, WFMZ television stations Evangelistic Crusades and Leadership Training in Israel, Pakistan, Trinidad, Africa, Jordan, Germany, Haiti, and throughout the United States.
He is a certified counselor in Creation Therapy through Faith Fellowship Ministries School of Christian Counseling, also the Counseling and Certification Network Inc. in Fort Myers Florida. He implemented Heritage of Faith Bible Institute in February 2011.
Andrew is ordained as an evangelist with Church of the Nations. He is a volunteer chaplain with the Billy Graham strategic rapid response team. He is the author of the book "Transformed", which is a story of hope and faith. He is a member of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. He has the following certifications:
- Assisting in Crisis and Group Crisis Intervention
- Understanding Suicide: Effective tools for prevention, intervention, and survivor support
- Law enforcement perspectives for CISM enhancement
- Critical Incident stress management
- International Conference of Police Chaplains
- Counseling on Access to Lethal Means
- Sharing hope in Crisis, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
- The Police Chaplain Program, Vineland NJ
References available upon request.
Nltministries.com, nbcnow.org, 215-470-1073
A Letter from Pastor Andrew
I would like to personally introduce myself to you, my name is Andrew Columbia. New Life Today ministries was started for one simple reason, to reach the world with the life changing message of Jesus Christ.
My hope is that you can receive biblical instruction from our ministry with preaching and teaching that is simplified for anyone to understand, yet brought to you in a way that will encourage you and strenghten your relationship with Jesus Christ.
My background as a former New York City police officer for ten years in the Lower East Side has given me a wealth of experience in dealing with people from all walks of life. I also worked in the business and finance world for several years.
I am blessed and happily married to my wife Angela, my soulmate and helpmate. She is a precious gift from The Lord! I have 3 sons, and one grandson. I am a blessed man!
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
Love in Christ,