A native of Connecticut, Andrew grew up in the faith as a member of Holy Transfiguration Church in New Haven, Connecticut, and Saint Alexis Church in Clinton, Connecticut. He attended the University of Connecticut, where he was an active member of the local chapter of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship and attended Holy Trinity Church in Willimantic, Connecticut. After graduating in 2008, he worked as an intern at the headquarters of Syndesmos, the World Fellowship of Orthodox Youth, in Athens, Greece. After his return to the US in 2009, he entered the Master's of Divinity Program at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, from which he graduated in 2012. He was appointed Director of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministries for the Orthodox Church in America on July 1, 2012.