Rev. Philippe E.C.Andal | Senior Pastor
The Rev. Philippe E. C. Andal is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. The only son of Elder Ric and Mrs. Pam Andal, and a proud son of the church, he came to faith in Jesus Christ and was baptized at the age of 10. Following graduation from the historic East Literature Magnet School, he attended Fisk University as an Ella Shepard Moore Scholar where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration as the Salutatorian of his class. While at Fisk, he served in multiple leadership capacities in the Religious Life and Student Life Programs, including being elected by his peers to the highest student office as the Student Government Association President. As “a son ever on the altar,” he remains active as a class agent in the General Alumni Association of Fisk University, Inc., and maintains affiliation in the New York Fisk Alumni Association.
In 2016, as a recipient of the Forest Knapp Scholarship, Rev. Andal graduated from Yale University, earning the Master of Divinity degree. While there, he continued to serve in multiple leadership capacities, including election to a one-year term as Secretary of the Yale Divinity School Student Council and appointment to the Admissions and Pastoral Care Faculty Search Committees. Recognized by the faculty as a dynamic preacher in his class, he was awarded the William E. Downes Prize for Highest Proficiency in Public Reading of the Scriptures and of Hymns and the Jesse H. and Hugo A. Norenberg Prize for Excellence in Preaching and/or the Conduct of Corporate Worship. In June 2017, Rev. Andal was chosen for a unique international ethics program by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics which uses the conduct of clergy and other religious leaders in Nazi-occupied Europe as a way to reflect on contemporary professional ethics. As a part of a 12-member group of other early career clergy and theologians, he traveled to Germany and Poland and published an essay based on his experiences titled “Who Will Go For Us?: Prophetic Preaching in Times of National Crisis.” Rev. Andal also contributes as a writer for Urban Ministries, Inc.’s Precepts for Living.
At age 19, Rev. Andal acknowledged his call to the Gospel Ministry. He was later licensed to preach the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ at the Community Baptist Church of New Haven, Connecticut, under the pastoral leadership of the Rev. Timothy L. Jones. Because of God’s favor and his heart for ministry, Rev. Andal has a been blessed to serve at churches across the nation, including Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Nashville, TN (Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III—Senior Pastor), Burnett Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, KY (Rev. D. Corrie Shull—Senior Pastor), and Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, TX (Rev. Dr. Marcus D. Cosby—Senior Pastor). Upon the recommendation of the American Baptist Churches of Connecticut, he was ordained to Christian Ministry by the Community Baptist Church (New Haven, CT) and currently serves this congregation as Senior Pastor.
Rev. Andal remains active in the community as a member of CONECT (Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut). Stay connected with him on social media—follow him @RevPECA.