About André Spivey

Council Member Council Member André L. SpiveyAndré L. Spivey was elected to the Detroit City Council in November 2009. He currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Internal Operations Committee and is a member of the Budget, Finance and Audit Committee. In addition to the committees that he serves on, Councilman Spivey is also the chair of the 2010 Census Taskforce. He represents the City Council on the Detroit Zoological Society Board of Directors, Belle Isle Park Board of Directors, and Eastern Market Corporation Governing Board.


A native of Detroit and graduate of Cass Technical High School, he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia and a Master of Divinity Degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York. He is currently attending Central Michigan University where he is completing his thesis for a Master of Science Degree in Administration.


In 1997 he became ordained at the Michigan Annual Conference and now holds the position of an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He has served the A.M.E. Church as an intern in Southern Africa and has represented the A.M.E. Church for the World Council of Churches, which is based in Geneva, Switzerland.


He currently serves as the pastor of St. Paul A.M.E. Church near downtown Detroit and prior to, served as the pastor of Pleasant Valley A.M.E. Church in Belleville, Michigan and Saunders Memorial A.M.E. Church in Detroit, Michigan. He sits on the Michigan Annual Conference Board of Trustees, which oversees all A.M.E. properties in the state of Michigan.


Councilman Spivey was appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm to serve on the Detroit School Board Transition Team. Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano also appointed him to serve on the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and the Wayne County Economic Development Corporation.


In addition to his appointments, Councilman Spivey is involved in several community and civic organizations. He sits on the boards of the International Detroit Black Expo and the Detroit Omega Foundation (DOFI). He is an active member of the Morehouse College Alumni Association-Detroit Chapter, Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., UNCF, M.O.S.E.S. and the NAACP.


Councilman Spivey has been married since 2000 to Shema Spivey. They have two children, a son André II, who is a second grader and a daughter Kendall, who is in Kindergarten.