My own past has a resemblance to that of the Biblical character, Amos, and I relate to his words, "I was no prophet, nor was I a son of a prophet.” My growing up years was in West Bromwich deep inside the Black Country. I was born in Greets Green and as a family we were far removed from the Church.
I joined the RAF aged 16 as an Aircraft Mechanic and progressed on to qualify as a Propulsion Technician, working on Hercules, Victor, Tornado and Nimrod aircraft. My time in the forces also gave me several opportunities to serve my God and my Country, in places that were in the news, for example, Northern Ireland, involvement in the Gulf in 1990 and then some involvement with the former Yugoslavia a few years later. With the help of the RAF, I also finished my education, starting with the basics and then completing two Diplomas in management, Adult Teaching & Education Qualifications, and Degree in Theology and qualifying as an Expedition Leader and First Aid Instructor. I also had the privilege of teaching RAF recruits Basic Training & technical skills, and working with the RAF Regiment teaching Combat First Aid, Battle Skills and much more. I finished my time in RAF After 24 years. I married my wife Doreen aged 19 and became a Dad a couple years later, and a Grandad a few years after that.
I had a radical Christian conversion experience at the age of 28, while serving in Germany, Which led to ministry with Children and Young People and being accredited as a Methodist Local Preacher and then on to the leadership team of a large Charismatic House Church. After leaving the RAF in 1999, I became the Pastor of a New Church Plant in rural Cambridgeshire and set up a Christian project that worked in six local secondary schools caring for hurting and disaffected Young People. Then out of the blue, came the words, “Priest in Community.” After a spell at Cambridge University (Ridley Hall) I was Ordained into the Church of England in 2004.
In the last ten years, alongside the parish ministry. I have served as a Commissioned Army Chaplain as Regimental Chaplain to a Royal Logistic Corp Regiment, active in supporting the soldiers before and after Operations overseas. I have also been traveling and ministering in Rwanda (East Africa), supporting the local people in the post Genocide ministry and building and supporting local pastors. My other interests are, walking hills & mountains, the gym and Jujitsu, reading and very important, being with my family.