Andy Bondurant

Founder. Builder. Leader. Father. Provider. Author. Extra-ordinary.

Andy Bondurant in Atlanta, Georgia

I once read an Accidental Creative article with a challenge to create a 7 word bio. I didn’t follow the exact style suggested, but I love my bio above. In seven words, I succinctly describe who I am.

Founder. Builder. I like to create and build new things, specifically businesses and organizations.

Leader. I have the God-given ability to lead both those organizations and the people within them.

Father. I am a father both in the natural sense (I am married and have 4 children), but I also tend to have mentoring relationships.

Provider. I am not the sole provider for my family, but it is part of who I am.

Author. I’ve found that I love to write. I’ve written in several different ways over the years, and began blogging a few years ago. I couldn’t believe how much I loved it. Long term, I have a goal to write a book.

Extra-ordinary. The last word may come off as prideful, but that’s the opposite of my intent. I’m a normal person. However I have something within me making me more than normal (so do you).

My story.

Andy Bondurant and Jennifer WebsterI was born, raised and continue to live in the Kansas City area. I graduated from Mid America Nazarene University in 1997 with a degree in Christian (Pastoral) Education.

I married Kia Antisdel in 1995, and we have 4 children – 2 girls and 2 boys. I stay busy attending school activities, coaching soccer teams, driving to dance practice, making dinner and cheering for Sporting Kansas City and the Kansas City Royals.

I worked for 10 years as a professional children’s pastor at 2 churches. I was good. I easily connected with children, and I was able to bring together adults to work together for a common purpose.

Kia and Andy at Sporting Park in Kansas City KansasIn 2005, I was ready for a new challenge. I left my position to join my wife and her family in a new business endeavor – Senior Portrait Artists (spa). I was the director of spa from its inception in 2005 through 2010. I helped build an organization of over 400 studios with an annual event of over 600 people.

In 2011, I created a blog/business to focus on writing and creating an online business focusing on photography, business and life. It was a major success and failure all at the same time. I learned to write, but I didn’t make any money. I’m okay with that trade.

2012 was a year of transition. Kia left the family photography business to build her own studio (find more about Kia as a photographer at KiaBondurant.com). I waited. I knew there was something God had for me, but I just couldn’t put my finger on it. In June of that year, my good friend David accepted the role of lead pastor at Cross Points Church in Shawnee, Kansas.

Andy Bondurant with kids in Colorado mountainsI offered to help in any way necessary to help make him successful, planning to volunteer in some fashion. Surprisingly, David asked me to fill the role of children’s pastor. I said no. God said yes. So, here I am at the same church doing the same thing I was 1o years ago. Since joining his staff, my role has morphed and molded into doing a little bit of a lot of things…including kids ministry. I love it.

One thing I don’t get to do enough of is write. Write what I want to write – put my feelings and thoughts to paper (digitally). This is that place.

Here you’ll find a few of my favorite blog posts from The Collective, and everything new.

I always believe there is more. My story has much more to come. I look forward to sharing it with you.