Andrew Lyke is a Catholic ministry consultant, freelance writer and author, former campus minister, pioneer of Catholic Marriage & Family Ministry, Anti-racism Activist, Poet, Storyteller, husband, father, and grandfather. Over the past 40+ years, he has focused on Catholic Marriage & Family Ministry. He and Terri, his wife of 45 years, were part of a team of couples and priests who designed and presented PreCana for the Black Community in 1981. It was the first diocesan Catholic marriage preparation program by and for Black people. Andrew was hired by the Archdiocese to coordinate the marriage preparation and enrichment programs of the Archdiocese. He served in that role from 1999 to 2009 when he resigned to fully invest in Arusi Network, a not-for-profit he and Terri started for their ministry to marriage. He was rehired in 2011 as the Director of the Office for Black Catholics.
Prior to his tenure in the Archdiocese of Chicago, he was a campus minister at DePaul University from 1996 to 1999. While at DePaul, he was part of a team of campus ministers who were trained in the “Recovery from Racisms” curriculum. The team facilitated focal support groups with DePaul students, faculty, and staff.
In 2001, after the publication of Cardinal George’s Dwell In My Love: A Pastoral Letter on Racism, Andrew was a founding member of the Archdiocesan Anti-Racism Task Force through the Office for Racial Justice (ORJ). He served as a trainer, consultant, and program designer until 2014 when the ORJ was eliminated. Since then, he as served as a consultant, trainer, and motivational speaker on Catholic Anti-Racism, primarily in the Diocese of Joliet. Andrew authored “Forging a Commitment to Love All: Creating an Anti-Racist Church,” published in the February 2011 issue of Liguorian Magazine. More recently in November of 2020, America Magazine published an article by Andrew titled, “Dear White Catholics: It’s time to be anti-racist and leave white fragility behind.”
Andrew and Terri served as consultants to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Marriage and Family. They are the authors of several articles on Catholic marriage and family life for local and national periodicals. Their critically acclaimed book, Marriage On A Lampstand: Exploring a New Paradigm for Modern Christian Marriage, was “Book of the Month” on the USCCB marriage support website ForYourMarriage.org for March 2017. They are the parents of two married young adults and the grandparents of 4 girls and two boys ranging from 11 to 3 years old.