I’m extremely excited to introduce you to Andrew Hebert, the newest team member here at Project TGM! As Assistant Editor, Andrew will benefit us and our audience greatly in editing, obtaining, and writing articles that glorify God and send his people on mission in the world.
Here’s his bio:
Andrew Hebert serves as the Lead Pastor of Taylor Memorial Baptist Church in Hobbs, New Mexico. Previously, he served as pastor of churches in Texas and in the administration of Criswell College in Dallas, Texas. He has a B.A. in Biblical Studies and an M.A. in Ministry from Criswell College, has conducted postgraduate research in New Testament at the University of Wales, and is in the doctoral program at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
Andrew has written articles, blog posts, and book reviews that have appeared in places such as the Criswell Theological Review, the Midwestern Journal of Theology, and The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. He and his wife, Amy, have been married since 2007. They have three children: Jenna Marie, Austin Lee, and Mackenzie Grace.
I’ve asked him to participate in a little Q&A so that you can get to know him better.
Tell us a little about yourself and current ministry.
The most important thing I can tell you about myself is that I am absolutely passionate about Jesus. The second most important thing is that I am blessed to be married to a wonderful, godly woman named Amy, and I have three really cute kids that have me wrapped around their fingers. I was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, and raised in Houston, Texas. After committing my life to Christ and being called into ministry as a teenager, I attended Criswell College in Dallas, where I met my wife. I’ve served in various ministry contexts in Texas, including pastoring three churches and serving on the staff at Criswell College first as director of admissions, then as chief of staff and adjunct professor of biblical studies.
Currently, I serve as the lead pastor of Taylor Memorial Baptist Church, a mid-sized church of about 400 people in the oil patch of Hobbs, New Mexico. Hobbs is a dusty, gritty city with overwhelming spiritual strongholds. For instance, the teen pregnancy rate is twice the national average and drug/alcohol abuse rates are significantly higher than the national average. The cultural context is unique, having a population that’s about 60% Hispanic. My vision for our church is to become a multi-racial, multi-generational church that multiplies disciples locally and globally.
What activities/hobbies interest you?
As a Texan, it is part of my patriotic duty to say that I enjoy guns and hunting, though I don’t get to spend as much time pursuing this hobby as I’d like. I’m working on my golf game, but it is a work in progress. I also enjoy politics; everything from political history to campaign strategy strikes me as interesting.
I’ve always been a nut about baseball. In addition to playing, I enjoy watching the Texas Rangers, as well as collecting memorabilia. Some of the favorites in my collection include a Willie Mays autograph, a couple of Nolan Ryan autographs, signed cards from the entire Rangers ball club, a bat signed by Josh Hamilton, and a picture of Jackie Robinson stealing home base during a game in 1947.
What is your greatest passion?
My greatest passion is seeing the gospel take root in people’s lives. There is truly nothing more exciting than to see someone come into an encounter with Christ and have their world turned right-side up. The task of disciple-making is a compelling enough vision for me to give up my worldly desires, ambitions, and dreams in exchange for a life of spreading the fame of Jesus around the world. Watching people come out of the kingdom of darkness and be transferred into the kingdom of God’s beloved Son excites me more than anything else.
Why did you join the team at Project TGM?
The stellar team of contributors at Project TGM is committed to challenge readers to think deeply about the things of Christ. This is something that is often missing in the blogging world, and it is something to which I hope to contribute.
What is your hope for Project TGM?
My hope for Project TGM is to continue to provide gospel-centered content that will move readers from thinking about theology as just theoretical to realizing that theology matters because ideas have consequences – what you believe about God will affect everything else you do. Too often the practical matters of church ministry are divorced from their greater theological grounding in Scripture. When this happens, pragmatics trump truth and theological anemia ensues. A healthier model is to allow theology to drive practice. Project TGM is a good resource for equipping pastors and others to think more theologically about the practice of ministry.