Andy Flannagan

Andy Flannagan is British Youth For Christ’s national songwriter/performer and worship leader. He does exactly what it says on the tin, except he also trains and resources people all over the UK to do the same.

Andy has a God-given passion to communicate, and that led him to leave his job as a hospital doctor in Northern Ireland to run YFC’s itinerant band, TVB for 3 years. Since then he has been regularly performing, speaking and leading worship at events like Spring Harvest, Summer Madness, Greenbelt and New Wine, pioneering a creative and experiential approach to connecting with God. His songs have been used on BBC TV and radio and he even admits to a performance on the Big Breakfast. The last few years have seen, in Andy’s words “God taking me beyond my guitar” to the forefront of developing and implementing innovative worship and devotional ideas.

2004 saw the release of his critically acclaimed album “SON” – (“A creative triumph from the versatile Mr Flannagan.” Tony Cummings, Cross Rhythms Magazine), followed by the book “Distinctive Worship: How a new generation connects with God”. Author Nick Page described it thus, “… a breath of fresh air. Challenging, stimulating, provocative and packed with great ideas, this is a book that calls us to reshape our worship; to tread new paths and try new approaches to help people of all ages truly connect with God."

His attitude that we are called to “write next year’s headlines by what we do today” sums up the desire in him to see Christians shape a culture rather than simply create their own. Throw in a passion for global justice, voiced through his work with Tearfund, songs with a political edge that have bent the ears of MPs, and a large dollop of playing cricket, and you have a pretty good taste of Andy’s life.