Claude “Tweetybird” Andrews

Claude Leonard “Tweetybird” Andrews

Claude (“Tweetybird”) did his undergraduate work at St. Andrews Presbyterian University  in Laurinburg, N. C.; graduate work at Princeton Theological School in Princeton, N. J.; University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. through the Ph. D. level ( he did not receive the Ph. D., because he did not complete the dissertation due to family health issues); and American University (human sexuality training) in Washington, D. C., plus completing internships at the Princeton Neuro-Psychiatric Institute in N. J., Milledgeville State Hospital in Milledgeville, Ga.; and University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N. C.  He had and has licenses, board certifications and professional memberships in psychology, several allied mental health fields and associations.  He also has additional training in law enforcement (including BLET), terrorism (CDP I), martial arts (Nidan-black belt, US Open), and advanced emergency medical services (paramedic level) including the areas of crisis lines, crisis counseling, and crisis incident stress management (following the ICISF model). 

Claude began a private practice as a psychotherapist with Creative Living Associates in 1974 chiefly dealing with relationships, including family, sex, couples, businesses, the court systems, and public safety services (law agencies, fire departments, rescue squads, homeland security and emergency medical services). In earlier years, his wife, Carol (M. S. W., ACSW), were in practice together.                        

He also has had several adjunct positions teaching in higher education from the associate degree level through the master’s level.  He has also served as consultant to several agencies, including such as Head Start, and developed and conducted custom-designed workshops and training for specific needs for those agencies as well as businesses, other educational agencies, non-profit service agencies, and public safety services.  He continues to be active with a local fire, rescue, and police departments a participating volunteer member, as well as currently serving on the local board of directors of the fire department.  He has worked as the state mental health coordinator for the Advisory Council of C. I. S. M. for the Division of NC Emergency Management.  He is also a member of the N. C. State Emergency Response Team, worked as Red Cross mental health consultant, and continues to serve as a consultant with several law enforcement agencies plus serving as a sworn chaplain/counselor with Atlantic Beach Police and Fire and the town of Atlantic Beach.  In conjunction with his chaplaincy work, he also has earned lifetime certification by the American Psychotherapy Association as “Master Chaplain” and has life-time membership in that APA.   

Claude also completed a 26 year plus service and retired, being granted minister emeritus status by that Session as an ordained Presbyterian minister of Fountain Presbyterian Church in Fountain, NC., as well as being retired in the Presbytery of New Hope (a presbytery of the PCUSA).   He has been and is involved in several local, regional, and national fraternal and civic activities including Masonic Orders and Rotary International.  He even occasionally has chance to salt-water fish and works as a volunteer with salt-water tournaments.

For many years, Claude loved his beach home, at 147 Hoop Pole Creek, Atlantic Beach, which was open and welcoming to his many friends and their friends and any stranger who happened by.

His Marquis Who’s Who entry, which pre-dated his service at Fountain Presbyterian Church:  

Occupation: psychotherapist

Born: Halifax County, North Carolina, January 13, 1943

Education: ABD, University Georgia, Athens, 1974; MEd in Counseling in Higher Education, University Georgia, Athens, 1974; MDiv in Focus on Pastoral Counseling, Princeton Seminary, New Jersey, 1969; BA in Philosophy and Religion, St. Andrews University, Laurinburg, North Carolina, 1965

Certifications: National cert. mental health counselor, cert. EMT-ALS paramedic, lic. professional counselor North Carolina; ordained to ministry Presbyterian Church; cert. chaplain for life Am. Psychotherapy Association

Career: Private practice, Creative Living Associate, Tarboro, 1977-; Director, psychologist, Tarboro Unit Mental Health Center, 1976-77; Psychologist, Edgecombe-Nash Mental Health Center, Rocky Mount, North Carolina, 1974-76; Teaching intern, University of Georgia, Athens, 1972-74; Marital therapist, University Georgia, Athens, 1971-73; Minister, Lavonia Presbyterian Church, 1971-74; Intern, clinical chaplain, Milledgeville State Hospital, 1970-71; Intern, chaplain, University North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1967-68

Career Related: Consulting psychologist N.E.E.D. part-time instructor EMS law enforcement adj. senior instructor Park University, 2004- past consultant mental health, psychology for N.E.E.D. Head Start mental health coordinator North Carolina Critical Incident Stress Management consultant Atlanta Beach Fire and Rescue, Stony Creek E.M.S., Elm City E.M.S., 1988-2000, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team, Central Carolina Team, 1987-2004, Edgecombe Sheriff’s Department, Tarboro, 1987-95, Tarboro Police Department, 1987-95, Presbytery New Hope, Rocky Mount, 1987-, Albemarle Presbytery, Greenville, North Carolina, 1975-87

Civic: Chaplain, commissioners, Town of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, Minister, Fountain Presbyterian Church, 1991-2013 Board directors, Atlantic Beach King Mackerel Tournament, 2006- Board directors, Atlantic Beach Fire Department, 2004- Board directors, North Carolina Symphony, 1996-97

Memberships: International Association Marriage and Family Therapists (clinical member, cert.), Scottish Rite, Shriners, Masons, Rotary (board directors, secretary, vice president, president)

Political Affiliation: Progressive

Religion: Presbyterian

Hobbies and Special Interests: Martial arts, electronics, sailing, salt water fishing

Family: Married Carol Gladys Cooper, June 10, 1967 (deceased November 28, 1986).

Address: PO Box 478 Atlantic Beach North Carolina 28512-0478 PO Box 478 Atlantic Bch North Carolina 28512-0478