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New duty station for minister
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His new assignment is at the helm of an organization charged with bringing pastors and ministers together.
Never one to undertake a task without enthusiasm and humility, Minister Dexter "Drew" Andrews looks forward to the challenges of leading the United Ministerial Alliance of Liberty County.
He was elected president in November and says he is excited about his new position.
"Our purpose is to promote peace, harmony and Christian fellowship among ministers and churches of our community, regardless of denomination. We are not a teaching, covering, over-watch or political organization," Andrews said.
The theme this year is, "For the Good of the Community."
"We assist members of the community on an emergency need basis primarily through the churches in the community."
In the past two years, the alliance has provided more than $10,000 to the needy.
"As a non-profit organization, all funds we receive go back into our community."
Members provide spiritual support to the community by leading prayer at county commission, city council and school board meetings.
"We also bring important information to the clergy of our community through lectures provided by subject matter experts, in conjunction with our quarterly meeting and free clergy breakfast," Andrews said.
Members also provide spiritual encouragement through the Courier's weekly Pastor's Corner.
Some of his goals include increasing membership, visiting churches at least once a month, recruiting businesses as sponsors and establishing a Web site.
The sponsors would help the alliance aid individuals in need.    
A retired U.S. Army sergeant major, Andrews spent 27 years in the military. He is a native of Grenada, West Indies, and came to the United States when he was 9. "I was raised in New York City and joined the Army after graduation."
He's proud of his heritage
"I was the first person born in Grenada to be promoted to the rank of sergeant major."
In the military, Andrews was stationed around the world and United States. He retired from Fort Stewart in 2004.
The minister is a member of Mt. Carmel Holiness Church in Riceboro, where Overseer Julian Jones is pastor. Andrews serves as an associate minister. Prior to becoming a minister in 2004, he served as a deacon at Faith Temple Holiness Church in Walthourville, under the leadership of Bishop Corth Nelson.
Presently, he is a student at Trinity Temple College of Religion and will receive a doctorate of Christian education in June. He has a bachelor's of arts degree in business from Excelsior College of New York and bachelor's and master's from Trinity Temple.
Andrews and his wife, Sylvia Mudd Andrews, live in Hinesville. They have seven children and three grandchildren. He is the owner of NextGen Agency, which offers financial services and insurance.
The alliance invites pastors and ministers join. Quarterly meetings are the first Saturday of the month at Poole's Deli in Hinesville at 8 a.m. The next is May 3. For more information, call Andrews at 492-6281.
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