by John Bickerstaff | June 2, 2014 7:19 pm
(Travels from Atlanta)
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Andrew Werkheiser is a young inspirational speaker with a remarkable story about unexplainable events that almost took his life. Being given not only a second, but a third chance at life, he presents a gripping and moving experience filled with plenty of laughs. Andrew’s young age provides him with the ability to grab the attention of any audience, especially the youth as they can easily relate to him. He offers an understanding of what it is like to be in their shoes at this ever present and challenging time in their lives.
Born and raised in Roswell, Georgia, Andrew’s family was one of the founding families of Saint Peter Chanel Catholic Church, where Andrew was an active member. He attended Blessed Trinity Catholic High School and was offered a full Presidential Scholarship to Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. After being diagnosed twice with a life-threatening virus known as Myocarditis and miraculously surviving, Andrew was asked to share his story with a confirmation group. The experience ignited a desire within Andrew to share his story with others and has led to the creation of his speaking ministry, Faith Filled Heart.
Andrew is a recent graduate of Mercer University’s Stetson School of Business, and currently works in business in Roswell, Georgia. He has recently retired from being an Emergency Medical Technician and for the Macon-Bibb Emergency Management Agency as well as with the Mid Georgia Ambulance Marketing and Community Outreach Department. Recently, Andrew was named the Heart Hero of Central Georgia 2013 for the American Heart Association, as well as a 2013 Home Town Hero for the American Red Cross. Presenting to various churches, religious groups, schools, and mainstream events, Andrew can handle any opportunity that comes his way.
With Andrew’s life challenges, strong faith, and an unbelievably rewarding career he is sure to be unlike any other presenter. His speeches typically include his whole story and what he learned about life and his faith each time his life was threatened. Andrew would be more than happy to work with your already planned main topic or theme, or to assist in coming up with a new topic or theme. He is comfortable speaking on a variety of topics and he looks forward to the opportunity to reach more people through his speeches.
“Andrew is authentic and engaging as he shares his story with our teens. His story is like no other. He is a normal, young man, yet God is using him as his instrument to challenge teens to live differently today as they don’t know what the future will be. We have him speak to our Confirmation candidates regularly and we receive a great response every time!”
-Kendra Lockhart (Saint Peter Chanel Youth Minister)
“Andrew Werkheiser has a thought provoking message and an engaging delivery. His well-articulated message captures the attention of teens as well as adults. He makes a deliberate effort to understand the timeline and purpose of your event so that his message satisfies your program’s objectives. I enthusiastically recommend him as a speaker!”
-Kathy Kehner (Cathedral of Christ the King Youth Minister)
“I have been asked by Andrew Werkheiser to write a letter of recommendation for him, and I am happy to do so. I have always found Andrew to be a very mature and articulate young man. During his years in college he continued to live out his faith by sharing his witness with high school students and Confirmation candidates. I have no hesitation in recommending Andrew.”
-Reverend Monsignor Frank G. McNamee (Rector, Cathedral of Christ the King)
“It is with great pleasure and pride that I recommend Andrew Werkheiser as a motivational speaker. Andrew, a Blessed Trinity graduate, class of 2009, exemplifies a passion and heart for helping others. He continues to share his personal story of overcoming obstacles and how his faith has influenced his personal challenges and the choices he has made. When Andrew visits his alma mater to address our student body, he continues to receive a standing ovation. His commitment to serving others is paramount and he communicates it articulately with a combination of humility and pride. Organizations who tap Andrew to speak will not be disappointed. He is a very special young man who is focused on reaching out to other young people in hopes that his experiences will help them.”
-Patti McCarthy (Coordinator of Campus Ministry Blessed Trinity Catholic H.S.)
“Andrew Werkheiser has helped as a volunteer with youth ministry at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Macon, the Camp Health Officer at the Diocese of Beaumont Summer Camp and also gave a talk at the Diocese of Beaumont Youth Convention. He is very professional and inspires the youth and adults with his story by connecting with them on a personal level. Andrew helped with the youth ministry program at Saint Joseph from 2010-2011 when I was the Youth Minister, by helping with developing sessions, speaking to the youth and leading small discussion groups. When I accepted a position on the diocesan level, I invited Andrew to speak at our 2012 youth convention. At the convention, he inspired young people and the adult volunteers with his testimony and enthusiasm for his faith. I can highly recommend Andrew as a speaker. He has done an excellent job in speaking to youth groups and at summer camp. He is a very talented young man and approaches each challenge with enthusiasm and dedication. If you need any additional information, please contact me.”
-Tex Phelps (Director of Youth Ministry Diocese of Beaumont, Texas)
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