Foothills Church is excited to have Andy Ulrich on board as our worship pastor. Here, Andy shares with us how God’s grace is evident in his life and his hope for Foothills.
I was born and raised in Spokane, Washington, in a loving, Christian home. When I was 4 years old, I was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer in the nervous system with a 96 percent mortality rate. By God's grace, He spared me in a miraculous fashion, turning the malignant tumors benign.
Aside from cancer, I had a fairly normal childhood. I played baseball and loved fishing. I realized at a young age that my sin separated me from God, and I put my trust in Christ as my Lord and Savior.
My teenage years were very formative to my faith. I changed schools many times and I had to rely on Christ and His strength. In my junior year of high school my cousin invited me to his youth group and my eyes were opened to a new world. I experienced modern worship music for the first time. I was intrigued, as it was so different from what I was used to, and I got involved. Over the past 20 years I have been blessed to lead worship in a wide variety of settings from large conferences to small churches.
I attended Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. I got connected with Cru (a ministry to college and university students) and began playing and leading worship in their weekly meetings. I had another experience that lit a fire in my heart during my time at WSU. I started meeting with a Cru staff member for weekly discipleship. As God worked in my heart and life, He also grew a passion in my heart for discipleship.
I graduated from WSU in December of 2005 with a degree in Hospitality Business Management. Shortly after graduating I married Kate, my college sweetheart. We have three amazing kids: Gracie, Sadie and Judah.
My hope for Foothills Church is that it would be a place of authentic worship, rooted in spirit and truth. A place where people engage God in a real way and the gospel is lived out in our daily lives. I desire that prayer would be a foundational element of our church as we grow in faith and dependance on God.