From Crazy to Compassionate, Partiers to Prayer Warriors, from Fallen to Fighters!

About Lead Pastor, Andrew Thurber & wife, Pastor Dawn

Pastor Andrew was raised in upstate New York, the son of a pastor, rebellious, and searching. He grew up knowing about God yet not experiencing who God really was. Still searching for fulfillment, he indulged in drugs and alcohol to sustain his desires. Throughout his life, he could always hear the voice of God calling him back but ignored the truth. Past hurts and bitterness stopped him from accepting who he really was, chosen. Pastor Andrew met his wife, Dawn, in Lakeland, FL.

Dawn was raised in a strict Christian home yet, as Andrew was, she became rebellious and seeking acceptance in all of the wrong places. She was also a Navy kid which led to a life of rejection and pain as she moved every 3-4 years. Dawn moved away from home at 17 and used her freedom to explore the world through the eyes of addiction. It was not until they were both at the end of their rope that they looked up to Jesus and asked for help. They had no money, no jobs, nothing to eat, and getting ready to be kicked out of their apartment when both of their fathers called them homeā€¦ literally.

It was October of 2001, they were on the phone with each other, desperate and alone. They called out to God and rededicated their lives to Him that night. Their lives have never been the same. They went from complete desperation to complete dedication, raw faith, and an intimate experience with their heavenly father that has transformed them forever.

Andrew and Dawn have hearts filled with a passion to see people know God and grow in their relationship with Him. They are energetic, passionate, and genuine people. God has gifted them with amazing faith, leadership, and a desire to link arms with others to see the lost found, the broken healed, and the fatherless restored through their own experience with the one and only source of life, Jesus.

Read more about some of our other Passionate Life Church leadership here!