Rev. D. Lee Andrzejewski was born and raised in Detroit, MI and is the son of Norbert and Marion Andrzejewski. He was baptized into the faith at Calvary Lutheran in Detroit, but raised at The Lutheran Church of the Epiphany in Detroit under the pastorate of Rev. Richard Bernthal.
He attended Grayling Elementary and Nolan Jr. High in Detroit before finishing his junior high years at St. Paul Lutheran School in Royal Oak. He is a 1984 graduate of Lutheran High East (Harper Woods), a 1989 graduate of Concordia University, Ann Arbor (BA: Sociology/Psychology and Biblical Languages), and a 1993 graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN (MDiv: New Testament Exegetical Theology). He served his vicarage year (1991-92) at Redeemer Lutheran Church and School in Warsaw, IN under the supervision of Rev. Robert Koch (perhaps the seminary’s idea of good Polish joke… placing an “Andrzejewski” in Warsaw?) He is currently working on his doctorate at CTSFW in the disciplines of Mission and Culture under the working dissertation title of “Connecting Christ to a Downtown Demographic: A Postmodern Application of the Biblical Motif of Relationship“.
Rev. Andrzejewski married his high school sweetheart, Kristen Alexander on July 23, 1988. Kristen is a graduate and confirmand of Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Warren, MI under the pastorate of Rev. Wilton Fluegge. She is a 1984 graduate of Lutheran High East, and a 1988 graduate of Concordia University, Ann Arbor (BA: Elementary Education). God has blessed this union with the gifts of Joshua (26), Jakob (24), Nicolas (22), and Rachel (20). Jakob is currently a seminary student at CTSFW.
Rev. Andrzejewski was ordained into the Holy Ministry at St. Thomas Lutheran Church and School, Eastpointe, MI on June 27, 1993. He was ordained by then District President Dr. John Heins. He served as Associate Pastor of St. Thomas through January, 2001, when he accepted a call from the Michigan District of the LCMS to serve as a Missionary-at-Large to replant New Hope Lutheran Church, Hudsonville, MI , a church of 30 members. Within two years, New Hope became self-sufficient, and in February 2003, called Rev. Andrzejewski to be her pastor, where he stayed until August of 2008. In August 2008, Rev. Andrzejewski began his ministry as Senior Pastor of Guardian Lutheran Church and School in Dearborn, MI.
Rev. Andrzejewski has served the Church-at-large on numerous committees and boards, including his current role as Vice President of the Lutheran High School Association Board of Directors. He has served his community as Police Chaplain of the Wyoming (MI) Police Dept from 2001-08, and for 20 years as a Little League Coach in Hazel Park (MI), Eastpointe (MI), and Allendale (MI), coaching ages 3-14, including a Little League All-Star/World Series team in 2008.
Just for Fun…
Rev. Andrzejewski has an inordinate amount of absolutely useless trivial information on sports. He has had a life-long love of all things Detroit sports, especially the Detroit Tigers. Kristen and Pastor were privileged to attend the retirement party of NBA Hall-of-Famer and Piston legend Joe Dumars, and twice ate Thanksgiving Dinner in the Dumars household. Rev. Andrzejewski is both a published author and hymn writer. He has watched the movie “Jaws” at least 40 times since 1975, and the entire 188-episode series of The Office at least seven times.
On July 5, 2015 Rev. Andrzejewski accepted the call to become Historic Trinity’s Head Pastor. He writes: “It is only through the strength of the Lord and the prayerful support of the people of Trinity that I could possibly assume the legacy of such amazing shepherds who have gone before me. I am confident that the Lord will bless our time together as we make heaven bigger tomorrow by sharing Jesus on earth today.”
On August 16, 2015, Rev. Andrzejewski was installed as only the 8th Pastor of Historic Trinity in its 165th year of ministry. His enthusiasm to proclaim the Gospel to all, his passion for the city of Detroit, his experience through many years in the ministry, and his assurance that he has the support of the members of Historic Trinity, all point to an exciting, creative, and bold ministry in downtown Detroit.
Pastor Andrzejewski’s favorite bible verse (this month) is Colossians 3:3- “For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”