Pastor Andreas has become the Senior Pastor at Hope Lutheran after a vote at a congregational meeting on October 1st, 2023 after serving as Bridge Pastor for over a year. He was born and raised in Germany and studied at Tübingen University in Germany and Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was ordained at University Lutheran Church in Stanford, California, on Martin Luther's birthday in 1996. He worked as a chaplain at Stanford Hospital and held similar positions in St. Louis, Missouri, and San Antonio, Texas, before pastoring congregations in San Francisco, Santa Clara, and the East Bay in California. He has trained to become an Intentional Interim Minister for congregations in leadership transition. Most recently, he has served in that capacity at three different churches in Oakland, California. For the last 21 years, he has been an Assistant Night Minister in San Francisco, providing pastoral care by walking the streets and answering phone calls. He is also a spiritual director, holding two diplomas from San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, California. In his spare time, he listens to music (from classical to world music), follows international soccer, and frequently browses in book stores all over the San Francisco Bay Area.