Ministry Consultant / Author / Poet / Storyteller / Anti-Racism Activist / Relationship Coach / Retreat Leader / Cyclist / Lover of Life
Andrew Lyke is the retired Director of the Office for Black Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago. He served in that role from 2011 to 2015. He served the Archdiocese of Chicago as the Coordinator of Marriage Ministry from 1999 to 2009. He and Terri, have led a ministry to marriage since 1982, which focuses on sacramental marriage among African Americans. In that work they have served thousands of couples with retreats, relationship coaching, workshops, and keynote presentations around the United States and the Caribbean. Andrew and Terri are authors of the critically acclaimed book Marriage On A Lampstand: Exploring a New Paradigm for Modern Christian Marriage (Heavenly Light Press).
Andrew is also an anti-racism activist. As a campus minister at DePaul University in the mid-1990s, he facilitated focus groups with students, faculty, and staff using the “Recovery From Racisms” curriculum. For 14 years, he was a founding member of the “Dwell In My Love” Anti-Racism Taskforce for the Archdiocese of Chicago. In 2012, he was part of a cultural immersion trip to Ghana in West Africa. In 2010 he was part of a “Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope” in Uganda in East Africa with his wife, Terri and four fellow parishioners of Sacred Heart parish in Joliet, Illinois.
He is a cancer survivor, diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in 2015 and again in 2017. Now cancer free in retirement, he continues anti-racism advocacy as a consultant and on various Social Media, as well as the marriage ministry work with Terri. He is an avid cyclist and continues to sustain good health and vigor through cycling. Andrew and Terri have two adult children and six grandchildren.