Rev. Andy Sidden
Rev Andy Sidden - email@example.com - A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., the Rev. Andy Sidden was called in March 2003 to serve as pastor of Garden of Grace United Church of Christ (formerly MCC Columbia). Ironically, his pastorate in South Carolina's Midlands began on his birthday!
Pastor Andy worked as a reporter and copy editor for newspapers in the Carolinas and Florida before entering the professional ministry. He worked more than eight years in Rock Hill, SC, where his son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren live.
As a child, he joined Mock's United Methodist Church in Advance, NC. He attended Methodist Churches in the Carolinas and, shortly before returning to South Carolina, he served as an administrative assistant at Harvester United Methodist Church in Land O' Lakes, FL.
Pastor Andy entered the professional ministry in 1991 after serving in lay ministries at Metropolitan Community Churches in Charlotte and Raleigh, NC, and in Tampa, FL. He served as assistant to the pastor and later as associate pastor of MCC Tampa.
From 1994 to 2002, he served as pastor of Spirit of Life MCC in New Port Richey, FL. During his pastorate, Spirit of Life completed a $350,000 building program and started a satellite mission in Spring Hill, FL.
He and his life partner of more than 30 years, Dr. Kevin Dove, share their home with a cat, three beagles, tropical fish, and a greenhouse filled with plants. Avid gardeners, they love to watch living things grow!
Under his leadership, Garden of Grace has nearly tripled in size and has built a $500,000 worship center.