Andrae McGary was born in Casa Grande, Arizona to Anthony and Margaret McGary. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelors of Science from Carver Bible College in Atlanta and received his Masters of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary in Saint Louis in 2005. He currently is studying to complete his Doctoral Degree focusing on the sociological integration of religion into society from Oxford Graduate School, located in Dayton, Tennessee. He was ordained to the ministry at Greater Saint Mary’s Baptist Church on February 24, 2008.
After a brief period as Interim Pastor at First Baptist Church of Northwoods in Saint Louis, Andrae served as the Youth Pastor of New City Fellowship Presbyterian Church, located in Chattanooga. In February of 2007, he began to work for the the non-profit organization, Hope for the Inner City, as the Programs Director.
In the summer of 2007, Andrae became an Adjunct Professor at Bryan College. After graduating from the first class of the City of Chattanooga Neighborhood Leadership Institute, Andrae involved himself in bettering his neighborhood by serving as the President of the Oak Grove Neighborhood Association. In 2009, Andrae was elected to the Chattanooga City Council as the 8th District representative, becoming the youngest person ever to hold a local office in Chattanooga. In May 2010, Andrae became the first African-American full-time talk show radio host of “Live and Local” which airs on WGOW 102.3FM.
Andrae resides in the Oak Grove Neighborhood with his wife Cheryl and his children Imani, Zion, Elijah, Isaiah, and Eden. They current attend Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.
Awards Andrae has received include being named National Association of Social Workers Public Official Award in 2010 and being named to the “20 Under 40” List, Chatter Magazine in 2011.