J. Andrew “Andy” Jooste poses with a good luck banner at a retirement party honoring his years of service to the Newark Road Church of Christ.
MOUNT VERNON — Due to health conditions, J. Andrew “Andy” Jooste retired as minister of the Newark Road Church of Christ in Mount Vernon at the end of 2012. He had served in this role since 2001, along with his wife, Alfreda Adkins, who passed away in February 2012.
Mr. Jooste was born in South Africa in 1935, and has been active in Churches of Christ from the early 1950s. He began his career as an architect after qualification at the University of Natal in Durban in 1957, conducting his own practice for 13 years.
Jooste married Alfreda “Freda” in 1971 in Virginia, and then completed undergraduate studies at Freed Hardeman University in Tennesee in the early 1970s. What followed was 28 years of ministry service in South Africa, working with all ethnic groups — speaking English, Dutch and Xhosa. He, along with Freda, then returned to Freed Hardeman University to obtain a master’s degree in Ministry before resuming his ministry service in Mount Vernon. Jooste’s ministries included preaching in eight U.S. states, including Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee and Pennsylvania as well as teaching courses in evangelism at the Southern Africa Bible College.
In 2008, Jooste became a U.S. citizen. He is still serving God in various ways, because as he would say, “No one ever really retires from serving God.” Besides the ministry, Jooste is a former Rotarian and hopes to become more involved in local civic organizations, such as the historical society.