andy burggraff

Vice President of Enrollment Services and Strategic Initiatives

Assistant Professor of Christian Education

Dr. Burggraff was saved at the age of 8. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Maranatha University. After graduation, he attended Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary in Lansdale, PA where he graduated with the MDiv in 2003.

During his master’s program, he served as a missionary in Mons, Belgium in the summer of 2002. Upon graduation from his master’s program, he moved to Spring Hill, FL where he was Senior Pastor of Bible Baptist Church. In 2008, he moved to Owatonna, MN where he served as Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church and Superintendent of Owatonna Christian School.

In 2011, he moved to Cary, NC to pursue a Doctor of Education degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. During his doctoral courses, Andy served as Discipleship Pastor at Colonial Baptist Church in Cary, NC. In 2012, he joined Shepherds Theological Seminary as an Adjunct Professor of Christian Education. Andy graduated with a EdD from Southeastern in 2014. While continuing to teach in the seminary, he joined Build the Village (now called Communities of Grace International) in 2014, where he served as Director of Discipleship. This ministry serves those in East Africa. Andy has traveled repeatedly to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi training pastors, teaching in churches, and preaching in prisons. He has also served as a hospital chaplain in the UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, NC. In 2021, Andy was appointed Director of Student Services at Shepherds Theological Seminary, and in 2023, he was appointed Vice President of Enrollment Services and Strategic Initiatives. He also remains an Assistant Professor of Christian Education at Shepherds. 

Andy met his wife Delecia in 2017. The Burggraffs have a blended family of five children: Andrew, Anna, Aaron, Brody, and Tanner.



BA Maranatha University
MDiv Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary
EdD Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary




Apologetics & Evangelism
Christian Education
Pastoral Care
Bible Exposition

Peer-Reviewed Journal and Encyclopedia Articles


  • “Developing Discipleship Curriculum: Applying the Systems Approach Model for Designing Instruction by Dick, Carey, and Carey to the Construction of Church Discipleship Courses.” Christian Education Journal. Volume 12, Issue 2 (Fall 2015): 397-414.
  • “Educational Influence of the Crusades,” “Dissenting Academies,” and “Small Groups in Christian Pedagogy.” In G.T. Kurian and M.A. Lamport (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Christian Education. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2015.
  • “American Tract Society,” “Brown, Charles Reynolds,” “Carman, Albert,” “Chamberlain, Jacob,” “Chamberlain, John,” “Dayspring International,” “Smith, Henry Preserved,” “Smith, Wilbur Moorhead,” “Stuart, George Hay,” and “World Literature Crusade.” Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2016



Discipleship in the Early Church: A Study of the Catechumenate and Its Implications for Discipleship Today. Shepherds Press, 2022.

Discipleship Today:A study in how the church may better reflect Jesus’ discipleship methods, and encourages believers to use six principles to challenge their heart and spiritual walk.

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