Some knew him as “Dubs” or Andy, but most simply called him “Ace.” Like his name implied, he excelled at all he pursued. He was a 17-time letter winner in high school athletics and played college basketball at Southwest Minnesota State University. While at SMSU, he received the “Mustang Award” for outstanding student-athletes, earned a degree in math, was voted Homecoming King, and elected as president of Campus Crusade for Christ. These were just a few among Ace’s many achievements—all of which were concealed in humility.
When Andy was called to glory in July 2008, he left a legacy that went far beyond personal accolades. His deep care for others was genuinely inspired by his love for Christ. That love touched the lives of thousands in Minnesota and around the world. Andy was a son, a brother, a friend and a confidant. As a student athlete and youth pastor, Ace was simply an all-around great guy with a trophy rack of accomplishments, awards and recognitions—but it was his faith in Christ and the lives he touched that stood out. Ace will be remembered for how his faith transformed as love for others and it was his radical Christian living that inspired this organization.
Founded in 2008 as a basketball mentorship organization, Ace in the City has now emerged as a Christian community development organization. We are a faith-based 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, seeking to steward the gifts we’ve been given to create community and cultivate belonging.
As Ace did.