André was born in Auckland, grew up in Upper Hutt, and has since made Wellington his home. His life’s work and study has been directed towards helping people to obey the first commandment, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and mind and soul. This has led him to complete a Masters and Ph.D. in Theology at Otago University, exploring the life of the mid-twentieth century Scottish philosopher and theologian Donald M. MacKinnon, who protested against the logic that led to the acceptance of the threat of atomic warfare as a necessary evil.
André has continued this love of “life writing”, by writing his own biography of MacKinnon and continuing to read memoirs and diaries. Outside of writing and reading, Andre loves the process of preparing and cooking meals for people and says that he cannot live without music, both listening to it and learning how to play it. He’s currently in a band that plays a blend of blues, soul, Gospel, and rock. He teaches on the Residential Fellowship and contributes to Venn’s Common Ground.