I lived in Kettering (UK) for the first 17 years of my life. I then joined the British Army. After a year’s training I was stationed in Cyprus for two years, part of an Army Air Corps helicopter Flight. Whilst there I had my first Near Death Experience (NDE) when I came seriously close to drowning, being rescued when close to death. That event was one of the hinges on which my life has turned. It led to a search for answers to big questions about life, death and meaning beyond the material world. On the 12th October 1983 I experienced a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ and have followed his Way since.
I was ordained in the Church of England in 1995 and have been Vicar in my current parish since 2001 www.allsaints.ockbrook.com.
I am married to Zoe and have three adult children Nathan, Luke and Joel, who have enriched my life beyond measure (thanks lads!). The eldest, Nathan, saved my life in Spain in 2009 when I had a second NDE choking on food, for full account, read how the Derby Telegraph reported on it.
As well as being a priest I am: a member of the Archbishops’ College of Evangelists; a Padre with the Army Reservists (attached to the Army Cadets); a trained Volunteer Panel Member for Remedi www.remediuk.org working alongside the Derby City Youth Offending Service; a Spiritual Accompanier, offering a listening ear and informal guidance to a growing group of individuals; a poet and writer.
I seek to live by a personal purpose statement crafted from a phrase that came to me in a dream:
live loved, live loving, love living
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