Meet Rev. Herzen Andone
Rev. Herzen de Vega Andone was born in the Philippines into a US Navy family. His father's tours of duty took the family from California and Hawaii to the Philippines and Saudi Arabia. The family eventually settled in Florida where Herzen graduated from Escambia High School in Pensacola. After a brief career in business, Herzen went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and after hearing and clarifying his call at his home church, Asbury UMC in Orange Park, Florida, went on to earn his Masters in Divinity from Candler School of Theology, Emory University, where he also met his wife Jennifer.
Ordained an elder in 1990, Herzen has served on staff at Lithonia, Canton, and Duluth First. For eleven years he served as the senior pastor of Hickory Flat UMC in Canton, and then as the senior pastor of Peachtree City UMC until he was appointed in 2011 as the District Superintendent of the Northwest District. In June of 2016, Herzen was appointed the Director of Connectional Ministries for the North Georgia Conference. Herzen has served as the chair of the Atlanta-Roswell Committee on Church Development and was elected to serve as a delegate to the 2016 General Conference.
Herzen has been married to Rev. Jennifer Andone for 29 years. Jennie serves as the senior pastor of Midway UMC in Cumming. They have two sons: Dakin, who is an associate writer for CNN online, and Dylan, who is a senior at the University of Georgia and a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. Herzen and Jennie have a Lhasa Apso dog named Yoda.
Herzen loves to fish, whether it’s deep sea fishing or fly fishing. He sings and plays guitar and is a member of the “Wild at Heart Band”, which has led worship throughout North Georgia and the Southeastern Jurisdiction. Herzen enjoys traveling, watching the Braves, going to concerts, and cooking. He is a Gator who occasionally roots for the Dawgs since his money for his son’s fees and food goes to the University of Georgia.
Herzen has a passion for missions, local, regional, and foreign. He has led multiple mission trips to the Philippines and has served on mission teams to Mexico, Liberia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Gulfport, and Pensacola. He is most passionate about the local church’s mission to make followers of Christ who transform the world in ways that are creative, relevant and life changing.