I was born, as they say, at a very young age, in Essex (and yes, I have heard whichever joke has just popped into your head). My family was not a Christian one and that suited me fine, since I believed that to have a faith was the equivalent of being stupid.
During my time studying engineering at Trinity College, Cambridge, I came to see that my views of Christianity were more than a little unreasonable and in September of 1996 I became a Christian. Following university I secured a place on the Barclays Business Leadership Programme, where I worked for two years in project and branch management.
However, towards the end of my time at university onwards I became increasingly aware of the call of God on my life to become a minister. Once this call had been duly tested I started three years of full-time study at Spurgeon’s College.
Having completed my training I received a call to lead Scunthorpe Baptist Church, where it was a privilege to serve for 11 years as the Lead Pastor. Having accepted the call to be the Senior Pastor of Upton Vale Baptist Church, I moved to Torquay in Aug 2016.
Since those early days of exploring God’s call many ideas and passions have come and gone. One thing however has remained and I consider it to be my personal mission statement: ‘To see local churches reach their potential before God’. Quite simply, it bothers me when I see it not happening, and it excites me when I see a local church making a difference and being the best it can be.
In my spare time I love to be in the great outdoors. I also spend a bit of time burning around the streets on my road legal beach buggy, which is without a doubt the best toy I have every been given. Of course, the engineer in me has never gone away so a lot of the time I can be found in the garage, tinkering, tweaking, fixing or making something.