Andy Nixon is Senior Pastor for First Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. Andy came to faith when he was a junior at Washington Lee University and in the wake of his conversion, he sought to quickly learn more about the Christian faith. A series of events led Andy to Yale Divinity School, where he made a decision to start the ordination process and serve the United Methodist Church upon graduating in 1994.
The academic side of faith has always been an interest of Rev. Nixon. While a student at Washington and Lee he graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science. Then, while at Yale, Rev. Nixon earned the Henry Hallam Tweedy prize as the student most likely to succeed in parish ministry. Today the intellectual curiosity for the Christian faith is further made known in writing projects. Andy has authored articles in Good News Magazine, co-wrote a chapter of The Wesleyan Way, and was a principle author of the Advent Bible study Under Wraps published by Abingdon Press.
Not growing up in the Christian faith influenced all of Rev. Nixon’s ministry. From his first appointment in Northwest Arkansas the churches he has served have grown by reaching people who did not know Jesus. In his first appointment his church grew to where it could support a full-time pastor after being a two-point charge. At First United Methodist of Jonesboro, Arkansas, he preached weekly in contemporary and traditional services while leading evangelism efforts. At First United Methodist Church of Maumelle, Arkansas, attendance and finances quadrupled during the six years he served as Senior Pastor. Most recently, at The Woodlands United Methodist Church he grew The Loft – a contemporary service to an attendance of 1500, many of whom had no relationship with Jesus prior to coming to The Loft.
Today, Rev. Nixon is eager to begin a new chapter of ministry at First United Methodist, Houston. Over the last 22 years he has learned that the church can reach people for Jesus through any ministry. Over his career he has tried to embody Paul’s attempt to be all things to all people – a desire founded in the genuine desire to reach people with the message of Jesus Christ. Rev. Nixon was blessed to find United Methodist churches preaching the gospel when he was being called, and he seeks in his ministry to help churches proclaim the same message to those being called today.
Rev. Nixon is married to Deborah – 24 years – and they have two children, Anna (21) and Noah (18). Anna is a nursing major at The University of Mary-Hardin Baylor and Noah is a senior at The Woodlands High School in The Woodlands, Texas, where they live.