André L. Spivey serves on the Detroit City Council having first been elected citywide in November of 2009. He was re-elected in 2013 and serves as the Councilperson for District Four. He currently serves as Chair of the Internal Operations Committee and is a member of the Neighborhood Services Committee. In addition to his committee assignments, he Co-Chairs the Black Male Engagement Taskforce and the Immigration Taskforce. In the past, Councilman Spivey was the chair of the 2010 Census Taskforce, the M.O.O.V.E. Taskforce which addressed childhood obesity, the Belle Isle Taskforce and the Returning Citizens Taskforce. He also represents the City Council on the Detroit Zoological Society Board of Directors.
A native of Detroit and graduate of Cass Technical High School, he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, a Master of Divinity Degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York and a Master of Science Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University. In 2008, through the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, Councilman Spivey completed a three-year Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Fellowship sponsored by the Lily Foundation.
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.
In addition to his city duties, he is currently serving in his 11th year as the pastor of St. Paul A.M.E. Church near downtown Detroit. He has also 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 currently sits on the Michigan Annual Conference Board of Trustees, which oversees all A.M.E. properties in the state of Michigan.
Prior to his time on the City Council, 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, Rev. Spivey is involved in several community and civic organizations. He sits on the board for Habitat for Humanity Detroit and the Michigan Pride Fastpitch Softball organization. He has sat on the boards of the International Detroit Black Expo, Mack Alive and the Detroit Omega Foundation Incorporated (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, who is a Chemical Engineer. They have two children, a son André II and a daughter Kendall, both who are in junior high school.