Andrew Nedelchev was born on 12th December 1977 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He grew up in a family of Protestant Evangelical believers which was highly unusual for Bulgaria at the time. That fact made him aware from a very early age that he was not going to be like the majority of Bulgarians. It also made him very sensitive to the particular dynamic that is part of life in a minority group. He learned to value freedom in all respects and became highly suspicious towards any attempts to curtail it. In addition, his family background motivated him to reconsider many of his beliefs and further reinforced his natural scepticism towards any ideas that are assumed to be true without proper critical analysis.
He studied British and American Studies at Kliment Ohridski Sofia University. As early as his teens he started working as a freelance interpreter and did this for more than 12 years. During this period, he was also involved in the editing teams of a number of Christian periodicals, was responsible for all training programs of the Bulgarian Baptist Youth Organization, and in 2003 became one of the co-founders and member of the Executive Board (until 2009) of the HARTA Association – а Bulgarian non-profit organization, whose purpose is to present the Christian worldview in an intelligent and convincing manner. Between 2006-2008 he worked as Project Manager in an events management company.
In June 2008 Andrew joined the European team of Crown Financial Ministries as Program Director and in March 2012 became the Ministry Expansion Officer for Europe. It was during this time that he was instrumental in bringing the career guidance assessment system Career Direct® to Europe, organized the training of the first ten European consultants and coordinated the project of making the platform available in eight of the European languages.
In 2010 Andrew found his own company, Chairo EOOD, focusing on career and business consulting. In 2015 he started an online bookstore, Chairo Books, and established the Chairo Center, a non-profit organization with a vision to contribute towards a culture where love of knowledge is encouraged and each person’s interests are met with an openness and desire for discussion. In August 2016 Andrew made a radical change in his career by becoming part of the Sales team of Intelligent Systems, an international business consulting group that in 2016 was among the top 1% percent of the largest Microsoft Dynamics partners worldwide. In May 2017 he moved to the position of CRM consultant in the Bulgarian headquarters of the company.
Ever since his youth Andrew has been an avid self-learner in apologetics and theology. Through the years he has participated in specialized apologetics and theology training programs at Wheaton College, IL, USA, and The Zacharias Trust, Oxford, UK. He has completed John Maxwell’s certificate program in leadership in Bulgaria and benefited from a mentoring program for Christian Leaders with the European Leadership Forum at Cambridge, U.K. He is well respected as a communicator and preacher and has led trainings in more than 15 countries across Europe and in the Middle East.
Andrew loves to get to the bottom of ideas and finds real pleasure in reading large tomes. He thinks best when talking or writing so he regularly blogs at http://andrewnedelchev.info/. His life motto is “Think big, start small, grow deep!”
Together with his wife, Katrin, and their two sons, Filip and Victor, they live in Sofia, Bulgaria.
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