William Andrews, 80

Pastor, veteran

June 23, 2008|By David Kohn

The Rev. William L. "Bill" Andrews, a pastor, chaplain and Bible teacher, died of a stroke June 16 at Franklin Square Hospital Center. He was 80.

Mr. Andrews was born and raised in Reisterstown. He graduated from Franklin High School and attended the University of Maryland for a year before enlisting in the Navy in 1945. He was discharged in 1948.

In 1949, the young man went to a fraternity party at the University of Maryland. There he met Frances Carter, then a 17-year-old senior at Catonsville High School. They eloped in Annapolis on April 9 of that year.

Later that year, he went to a Baptist revival at the Emory Grove Campground in Glyndon and was born again. Mr. Andrews, who grew up a Methodist, decided to become a Baptist minister. In 1953, he earned a bachelor's degree in Bible studies from Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C.

After his ordination, Mr. Andrews pastored five Southern Baptist churches in the Baltimore and central Maryland areas from 1955 to 1988. He helped found Mount Airy Baptist Church in Mount Airy in 1968.

Throughout much of his career, Mr. Andrews also served as a volunteer chaplain for hospitals and law enforcement agencies, including Franklin Square Hospital Center, Baltimore City Hospitals, the Maryland State Police, the U.S. Marshal's Service and the FBI.

From 1985 until 1992, Mr. Andrews worked as director of the Chaplains Section of the Maryland State Police. In 1986, he became director of clergy services at Franklin Square Hospital Center. He also served on the board of directors and as president of the International Conference of Police Chaplains.

Fifteen years ago, Mr. Andrews started teaching Bible classes through Precept Ministries International in Baltimore County churches

Services were held yesterday at White Marsh Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife of 59 years, he is survived by three sons, James P. Andrews of Charlotte, N.C.; Stephen J. Andrews of Kansas City, Mo., and Jonathan P. Andrews of Austin, Texas; a daughter, Donna L. Marshall of Rosedale, and nine grandchildren.

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