Born in London and raised on the northwest side, I became a Christian at University in my second term. I had been studying law and someone gave me a book, proving beyond reasonable doubt that Jesus rose from the dead. It was actually a few weeks later that someone explained to me how I could invite Jesus into my life. I had worked in a solicitors’ office in the City of London but felt called into the ordained ministry of the C of E.
After a year off working as a porter in an operating theatre in the Leicester Royal Infirmary, I added a theology degree to my law degree and then headed off to St. Peter’s Harold Wood, on the edge of Greater London in Essex. There I ran the youth work and learnt a lot about leading a growing church. It was harder work in my second curacy at Stapehill and Hampreston, near Wimborne, but the churches there grew despite having few younger people when I arrived.
I went to Swanland, near Hull in 1986, where I met my wife Elaine who was manager of the Christian bookshop. We witnessed the building of an entirely new church building, with £800,000 raised by faith. The church grew a lot especially through Alpha and I led the Alpha work in East Yorks, with Elaine and we went to the USA with Nicky Gumbel and co to help US churches set up Alpha courses. Alpha spawned a lot of growth across the York diocese and beyond. In fact I became a Diocesan advisor in Evangelism, did a lot of work on local radio and helped to start a Christian telephone helpline.
Deciding the Lord was leading me to a fresh challenge we came to the Strettons in 2008. I was appointed Rural Dean in 2011 giving me wider responsibility and have been involved in a number of other initiatives and projects including the diocesan deliverance team and evangelism committee, and the local New Wine network.
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