A native of Southern California, Father Andrew Welzig began serving the Antiochian Diocese of Los Angeles and the West in 1994. He initially served as deacon and youth leader for a large parish in Garden Grove, CA. In April 1998, His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH ordained Father Andrew to the priesthood and made him pastor of St. John the Theologian mission parish in San Juan Capistrano, CA. In 2010, Father Andrew was transferred to the Spokane area and became pastor of Christ the Savior. Since his conversion from Protestantism to Orthodoxy in 1993, Father Andrew has been a fervent apologist for the Orthodox faith and enjoys dialoguing with people from all different backgrounds. His teachings frequently explore the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, human nature, and the intersection of Christianity and popular culture.
Father Andrew currently lives in the Spokane Valley area with his beloved wife Ann. The two met in 1977 at a Baptist Bible study in Tustin, CA and married the following year. They have four adult children and one granddaughter.