The name Andrew is a Greek name which means “manly”
or “of valor.”
Andrew was the brother of Simon
Peter and son of Jonah. He was born in Bethsaida in
the province of Galilee and was a fisherman like his
Before he met Jesus, Andrew was a
disciple of John the Baptist.
However, when John
pointed to Jesus as the Lamb of God he realized that
Jesus was greater and immediately left John, found
his brother Peter and became a disciple of Jesus
After this Andrew and Peter
continued to be fishermen and lived at home until
being called permanently by Jesus to be “fishers of
men.” (Mt. 4:18f).
Most of what we know about
Andrew comes from the Gospel of John.
John reveals Andrew as one who was
constantly bringing people to Jesus.
He began by bringing his brother Peter to Jesus.
Later Jesus is teaching the multitudes on
the mountainside and he asks Philip where they could
find food to feed the crowd and Philip says “Eight
months wages could not buy enough bread” to feed
It was Andrew who brought the boy with five
barley loaves and two fish to Jesus which Jesus
miraculously multiplies into enough food to feed
And it was Andrew who during the Passover
Feast brought a group of Greeks (Gentiles) to meet
Jesus which prompts Jesus to remark “when I am
lifted up from the earth I will draw all men
Andrew knew that Jesus came not only to
but everyone on the earth.
The last time
Andrew is mentioned in the Bible is in Acts chapter
one where he is listed as one of the witnesses of
Jesus’ resurrection and His ascension into Heaven.