Andrew was brought up in Moulton, Northamptonshire, and became a Christian at the age of eleven. At university he met Vivienne, from Northern Ireland. They married soon after graduation, and now have two sons and a daughter.
The Birches spent the first years of married life in Belfast, where Andrew studied at the Irish Baptist College. As he approached his final year of study, the Lord began to direct their thoughts towards work in mainland Europe, and toward Spain in particular. They studied for a year at EMF’s School of Biblical Studies before going to Spain. Andrew pastored the Evangelical church in Ciudad Real, Central Spain, for many years.
In 2004 the couple moved to Palma, Mallorca, where Andrew took up the pastorate of a well-established Evangelical church. Every week they welcome to the church new visitors, predominantly from South American countries. Some are believers. They hold open-air services, with a bookstall, in one of the town’s main squares. Seven home groups now run on the island, with the hope that these will become, in time, separate churches.