I have followed Jesus for nearly forty years. Over that time I have worked with vulnerable young people with Youth for Christ, campaigned for religious liberties around the globe with Evangelical Alliance and served as a pastor and preacher with Revelation church, Chichester for 21 years.
Having wrestled God over childlessness, my wife and I emerged bruised but not broken to have Katey diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I stopped active ministry to care for her until she went to be with the Lord.
During those bitter years, I determined to pursue the sweetness of God and discovered the power of contemplation, a life giving form of prayer that sustained my vision and nurtured my mission. Contemplation simply enables each one of us to join hands with God whilst serving others in our community. Through that time I coached individuals and groups in interpersonal skills and formation whilst also working as a qualified mediator.
Having lived for many years in community, today my home serves as a friary where each day begins and ends with prayer. Hospitality is extended to guests to stay for days of prayer, personal and directed retreats, as well as learning weekends on Contemplative Prayer, spirituality and sharing Jesus across our communities. I have completed my training as a Spiritual Director and explored the ancient desert fathers with a PhD in aramaic and the missional church of the East that carried the gospel as far as China in the eighth century!
My personal inspiration is St Francis and like Francis I have heard God issue a challenge and call me to ‘repair his church’. On closer consideration I feel that my own life experiences have been about preparation to come alongside the broken, the bruised, the bewildered and the bitter to encourage them to rediscover their way back towards the heart of God, working with them to recover their first love, a vision for their future and how best to offer themselves in service to the church.
In 2010 I had the joy of marrying a long time family friend, Jayne. Together we are committed to serving God, encouraging the church and re-imagining prayer and mission. I am available as a spiritual director, email if this is something you are seeking. I also travel to speak to churches specifically focussing on the forty-five plus age group to support them in rekindling their first love and transitioning effectively for the next stage of their Christian journey.