Andy Coleman is a servant leader. Andy leads with sincere love for others, a sharp intellect, and courage demonstrated in the world’s most dangerous settings.
Andy graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he double majored in Foreign Area Studies and Political Science, and also minored in German. As a cadet, Andy served as a first sergeant, squadron commander, and soaring instructor pilot.
Upon graduation, Andy served as an Air Force intelligence officer with USCENTAF, the Air Force component focused on the Middle East, Central Asia, and North Africa. This required Andy to briefly deploy to the Middle East to support operations throughout the region.
Andy later transitioned to the Reserves and was remotely assigned to USAFE, where he served in a similar role focused on the European theater. This shift to the Reserves allowed Andy to attend law school at the University of Kansas School of Law.
At KU Law, Andy served as an editor for the Law Review, a leader in the school’s Christian Legal Society and Federalist Society chapters, and also as a student ambassador. Passionate about constitutional freedoms and religious liberty, Andy interned with the Alliance Defense Fund; ultimately becoming an ADF Blackstone Fellow. Andy also served as a judicial extern for a federal district judge, and a district attorney’s office.
Andy’s law school experience was interrupted after his first year, when he was mobilized to active duty. Activated during the “surge” in Iraq and assigned to the U.S. Army, Captain Andy Coleman deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, with a Civil Affairs brigade. Civil Affairs personnel interacted with local Iraqi communities to help rebuild the country, including infrastructure, medical facilities, and markets.
Andy served from 2007–08 as the unit’s senior intelligence officer, responsible for monitoring local threats to the CA troops. Andy encountered persecuted Iraqi Christians during his service, and promptly began routing much-needed assistance—donated by his family, friends, and church—to these hurting people, particularly goods for infants.
Following his tour in Iraq, Andy returned home, graduated from law school, and became an associate at Shook, Hardy & Bacon, an international law firm. Andy served in the firm’s global product liability defense practice, and provided pro bono services in local family courts.
Andy thoroughly enjoyed private legal practice, but soon felt called to enter full-time ministry, and joined the Voice of the Martyrs in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. VOM is an interdenominational Christian ministry that assists persecuted Christians in the most difficult countries of the world.
Andy served as the regional director for VOM’s Middle East field team. Each year, Andy oversaw multimillion dollar project portfolios consisting of hundreds of individual field efforts. Andy traveled throughout the region extensively each year to encourage persecuted Christians; prayerfully supporting them and delivering help when disaster arose. Andy and his team strove to be good stewards of ministry resources, and verified projects during their travels as well.
Andy’s work and ministry has always been a family effort. He and his wife, Liz, recently celebrated 14 years of marriage, and are the proud parents of three precious children. The Colemans live in Owasso where they are active members of First Baptist Church, Owasso.