Pastor Andrew Hamblin from "Snake Salvation" stars in the National Geographic Channel reality docu-series.

Pastor Andrew Hamblin used to be a member of Pastor Jamie Coots' congregation, and he is close enough to Jamie to call him "Dad." Now Andrew, only 22 years old, has started his own church of "sign followers," and though he is young and passionate, he is still working to prove himself to his flock.

Hamblin is struggling to provide for his wife, Elizabeth, and their five children while on
Andrew Hamblin Snake Salvation
Andrew Hamblin in "Snake Salvation" - © National Geographic Channel

food stamps, and he is on a mission to grow his small church by appealing to a younger generation. The financial burden for running his own church may be too much for him to bear.

"I've got something in my soul greater than anything," says Pastor Andrew. "If I lost my wife to it, if I lost my children, God in heaven forbid I ever do, when my children get old enough to handle them — it would take all I had in me, because I love my wife. I love my kids. But it'd still be the word of God and I'd still have to do it."


Age: ∼25 years old (age stated above was at time of writing)

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