WHAT A GREAT RIDE!
It was 1973 when I first visited England but I can still remember the excitement of landing in London. I'm a child of the sixties so I was raised on the Beatles and British television shows like The Avengers and Secret Agent Man so when the chance came to visit as a tourist, I grabbed it. At the time, I was a uni student and looking to see what God wanted me to do with my life. I had a worrying thought that God wanted me to be in church ministry but the question was, Where? The first day I was on British soil, I thought, "this is it!"
I haven't looked back since. I finished up my education, married Paula and we joined a Baptist mission society called Baptist Mid-Missions. Our family moved here in 1981 and settled in Luton in 1982.
A lot has happened since then! We've planted a church, raised two sons, and made a life here.
No, I still don't have an accent but I'm working on it (hee hee). It's been over 37 years but we are still at it, doing our best to serve the Christian community of Luton and the UK.
Apart from church, I'd like think that I'm making a contribution to the community. I have been a school governor for 28 years and have been Chair of Governors at William Austin Infant School for nearly as long. I enjoy the opportunity to meet parents and children and offer support to staff. On top of that, I spend a couple hours a week as a ward visitor with the chaplaincy of the Luton and Dunstable Hospital. Recently, I joined the chaplaincy team so there are days when you can find me walking around with my clerical shirt. Chaplaincy is extremely rewarding. I often have opportunities to encourage people, or to pray with them, or just natter and kill time. And every so often, I am able to share my faith and point people to Jesus.
My wife is Paula and she is a talented lady. At church, she works with other women to coordinate church activities and helps to teach in our Sunday School as well as our Friday night children's club (Explorers). Outside of church, Paula was a school teacher for over 14 years, she taught religious studies in high schools and then worked as a tutor in English and maths.
Oh, and she’s a brilliant pianist who plays for our services; you should come and listen (not biased of course).
So that's me and that's Paula. If you'd like to meet up, just ring me and we can arrange a time and place (I love coffee shops!!). And of course, you can pop in on a Sunday.
Contact me directly either by phone to +44 7788-505539 or by
e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Married to Paula with two sons, Tim and Jon.
BA, BTH, MA.
Faith Baptist Bible College, Moody Graduate School (studies taken in America)
Jazz music (Stan Getz, Miles Davis, Kenny G)
Football - I support Luton Town (of course!) and Newcastle United (Alan Shearer is my hero!)
Sci-fi - big Star Wars, Star Trek and Lord of the Rings fan
AND DID I MENTION? Jesus!! I'm crazy about Him; it's been 60 years and He and I are going strong.
O lord, our Lord how excellent is your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!
Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, because of Your enemies, that You may silence the enemy and the avenger.
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained.
What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?
For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honour.
You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen - even the beasts of the field, the birds of the air and the fish of the sea, that pass through the paths of the sea.
O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth!