Andy and his wife Breena have been married since 2005 and have four kids: Cyrus, Eisley, Ezekiel, and Bexley. Ezekiel went ahead of them into the arms of Jesus in 2014 due to a rare neurological disorder called Batten Disease. The hope of the resurrection of Jesus Christ has sustained the Holts throughout Zeke’s life and, especially, now that he has gone to heaven. Andy’s wife, Breena, is the owner and designer of an ethical clothing line called Garment Collective.
The Holts have learned the hard lesson of finding God in the midst of suffering, pain, and death. Though they have lost a child, they know that he is not lost forever, and that because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, they will see Ezekiel again – not as a son, but as a brother. God has been good to the Holts, has met them in their pain, and has given them a hope that is more powerful than death.
Andy graduated from The Ohio State University in 2001 with a degree in Theatre, and from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2006 with a Masters in Divinity. While at Gordon-Conwell, Andy was recognized by the preaching faculty for having an outstanding preaching gift.
Andy is an avid fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Detroit Tigers. He also enjoys graphic design, writing on his blog, and reading as much as he can. Some of his favorite books are Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright, The Jesus Way by Eugene Peterson, and The Experience of God by David Bentley Hart.
After graduating from seminary, Andy joined the staff of Heritage Christian Church in Westerville, Ohio. In 2011, after a wonderful five years of growth and development at Heritage, Andy led a team of about 20 people in the successful launch of Ember Church, which was also located in Westerville, Ohio. When Ember closed due to Zeke’s ongoing battle with Batten Disease, Andy served at LifePoint Church in Lewis Center, Ohio. After several months there, however, it became evident that the Holts needed to be near family, so they moved to Toledo, Ohio and attended Grace Church, where Andy served as Associate Pastor until the Spring of 2015.