Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10
I became a Christian in 1984 whilst reading a bible after a Christmas party and joined a Baptist church in Reading. In 1987 I started going to a large Newfrontiers church in Bracknell where I had a sense of God calling me to leave my job and work for Him instead.
In 1989 I moved to Woodside Church, Bedford to work for an evangelism team. I then worked for a year in a hostel working with the homeless and people with different addictions. It was an incredible year where I saw amazing examples of God’s power. After this I helped to start another church in Bedford – the King’s Arms. I trained as a primary teacher, met Louise – my wife and joined the church leadership team.
In 1996 I had a dream about planting a church which I believe was God speaking to me. During this time I had a growing desire to be part of a very multicultural church, and finally, in 1998, Louise and I moved to Handsworth with some other people as the North Birmingham Church Plant. This later became The Crown.
In 2008 I gave up my teaching job to work for the Crown. In my spare time I love camping, snorkelling, travelling, entering competitions and offering my fanatical support to the Scotland rugby team and most of all, spending time with Louise and our 2 wonderful sons – Callum and Finlay.
I was born in London and then grew up in a small village in Kent. Whilst at boarding school in Sussex when I was 17 I became a Christian. Since I left school I have moved around to live in various places such as Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, India, Birmingham, Central Asia and then back to Birmingham again.
I enjoy learning about different cultures and different languages and I am amazed by Jesus’ invitation to all people from all cultures and languages to know him and to be forgiven by him.
I am a doctor and have had the privilege of being able to see patients in lots of different places and ways, including the amazon jungle, prison in the UK (not as an inmate – honest!), rural middle-east, inner city Birmingham, and recently by email between the UK and Central Asia. In 2013 I moved back to Birmingham to work as a General Practitioner mainly with patients from Bangladesh and Pakistan.
I am married to Lucy who I met in 1997 whilst we were working in a slum clinic in Mumbai, and we have 2 boys Sam and Joel. I enjoy reading, listening to music and cycling and as a family we like to watch films together, go out for meals together and occasionally try to walk it off!