I was born in Oxford while my father was doing his vicar training at Wycliffe Hall – where I also did my own vicar training, twenty-three years later. I grew up in a Christian family, and God has always been at the centre of my life.
But when I was 10 I made the decision for myself and gave my heart to Jesus (after reading Patricia St. John’s Treasures of the Snow).
At the age of 14 I felt a call to ordained ministry. It wasn’t what I wanted to do (I rather fancied working for a big bank), and the path has not been a smooth one, but I am now working as vicar of Christ Church, Selly Park. I have also worked as a parish assistant, an accounts assistant, a software developer and most recently Chief Technology Officer for a local IT firm.
I love to see people come to know and love Jesus, and to help those who do to grow as whole-hearted disciples. I play my piano whenever I can, and try to find time to read, in between cooking dinner for my wife Jess and pretending to know how to fix people’s computers.
One of the most important verses to me is Acts 4.31: ‘they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly’ (NIV). Therefore I pray daily to be filled with the Spirit and for the courage to speak the Word faithfully.
My work website contains recent sermons and work-related blog posts, series I have written for Daily Bread, and my translation of the Lord’s Prayer. I belong to our local New Wine Leaders’ Network, I write for Scripture Union, and I am a member of the Evangelical Alliance and Church of England Evangelical Council.