He was one of the twelve apostles. He was a fisherman who, together with his brotherA male religious who is not a priest. Andrew, was called by Jesus to follow Him. He is the disciple most often mentioned In the Gospels and the Acts of the ApostlesA book from the New Testament that the evangelist Luke wrote as a sequel to his Gospel. In it he describes the early period of the young Church after the death of Jesus with Peter and Paul as the central figures.. His original name was Simon. He got his nickname Peter (i.e. rock) from Jesus, who, according to tradition, said that He would build His Church on this rock.