Ministers Council ABCUSA
221 South High Street
West Chester, PA 19382
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Thursdays, 2:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Eastern Time
The Rev. Dr. Valerie Andrews was born in Pompano Beach, Florida, and currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Eternal Life Missionary Baptist Church, a Liberian community of faith in Philadelphia. She attended William Penn High School graduating as the Class Salutatorian, and furthered her education at Millersville University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and a Master’s in Counseling Education.
She was licensed to preach on January 24, 1986, and in 2005, she was ordained by the Pennsylvania Eastern Keystone Baptist Association and began her studies at the Palmer Theological Seminary, graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 2008. Previously serving as a business manager of a 1500 + member congregation, Dr. Andrews became well known throughout the City of Philadelphia for church administration. In addition, she is the former Program Director of the Program for Urban Leaders and Pastors in Transition (PULPIT); a Thriving in Ministry initiative at Missio Seminary in Philadelphia.
Dr. Andrews is a 2021 graduate of Thomas Jefferson University with a doctoral degree in Management of Strategic Leadership. Her dissertation was entitled: “Designing a Program to Help Urban Pastors Cope with Compassion Stress”. She also serves on the United Theological Institute’s Committee of Advisors at United Lutheran Seminary, the executive committee of the Association of Leaders in Lifelong Learning for Ministry and is a consultant for the Thriving in Ministry Project for Black Pastors of Duke University. Her passion is to help clergy thrive both personally and professionally.
Dr. Andrews is the proud mother of three children: Joy, Jasmine, and Ronald Jr. Her life scripture is Isaiah 40:31; “But they that wait upon the LORD, shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint.”