Famous for his close friendship and activist collaboration with Indian Independence movement leader Mahatma Gandhi Andrews returned to his native England in his later years and became a leader in the Christian radicalism movement. He penned several books, including What I Owe to Christ and Christ and Labour.
After studying Classics at Pembroke College, Cambridge, he became a deacon in the Church of England and subsequently joined the Cambridge Mission to Delhi. While in India, he became involved in the Indian National Congress.
As a play on Andrews' initials, C.F.A., Gandhi nicknamed his closest friend "Christ's Faithful Apostle."
He grew up in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Birmingham, England, as the son of a Catholic Apostolic Church minister.
During the 1920s and '30s, he was a close associate of the acclaimed Indian author Rabindranath Tagore.