I grew up on a large council estate in North Shields, had no real church background, but became a Christian in my late teens through friends and a Methodist youth group. I felt called to preach, and thus to ministry. I trained at Cliff College in Derbyshire then at Wesley College in Bristol.
I served in various circuits in the Newcastle District and then Yorkshire, before retiring to Hexham. I have served in various chaplaincies over the years, including hospital, prison, RAF and ATC. I now serve as the Hexham ATC squadron chaplain.
Retirement for me means putting down the tasks which I didn't want in order to focus on the ones for which I feel a passion: preaching, teaching, especially in the field of biblical studies, helping people to understand the faith. It also gives me more time for family, and for hobbies such as singing with local choirs and taking lots of photographs.