adam walker cleaveland sent me a link to his post about an old youth worker friend of his today, and i’m just going to copy adam’s post here:
I first met Andy Konigsmark when he was the newly-hired youth pastor at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood (yes, that’s really the church’s name) in Sun Valley, ID.
wait. presby church of the big wood? no way. what a small world! i posted a photo of their church sign not too long ago, and got ripped by a handful of conservative bloggers for my immaturity, baseness, and general lack of godliness!
ok, back to our previously scheduled serious post about a youth worker on american gladiators…
We collaborated on a Presbytery youth event called Hyperthermia, and got to know each other then. He came up to Whitworth University with me and my friend Jacque when we put on .bE at Whitworth. We also used to play pool together every now and then in Twin Falls, ID. If that wasn’t enough to make us dear friends, he bought me a beard trimmer and told me to start using it. I think he was starting to get grossed out by my beard at the time. The last time we worked together, he and I were Co-Deans at the Niners Camp at Camp Sawtooth in Sun Valley. Andy has also worked at a couple different PC(USA) churches, is pretty much a professional snowboarder and has done some modeling.
After a few years in Sun Valley, Andy started up at Fuller Seminary and now lives in the LA area and does stand-up comedy.
And now – if that doesn’t make Andy one of the most unique Presbyterian Youth Ministers you’ve run across, this Monday night, , January 14th, he’ll be a contestant on American Gladiators.
American Gladiators will be on Monday night, 8/7c and I’d encourage you to watch/TiVo it and show your support for a fellow Presbyterian. I am sure that Andy will do very well, and I’m excited to see him on the show. Besides, how often do you actually know one of the contestants on this amazing show!
ok, moment of total honesty here: i’ve been very tempted to peek at the new american gladiators. and this just pushed me over the top — now i can call it work!