Role within the church
I am a pastor at one of the Manor Park Church plants and a youth pastor at Manor Park Church. My vision for Manor Park is hopefully the same one Jesus has for all His church: to be a church that makes disciples who make disciples who make disciples.
I am married to my dear Annie! We married in August 2001. We have no children, unless you count the number of church teenagers around our house at various nights in the week!
I wasn’t born into a Christian family. My mother became a Christian just after I was born – she too was from a completely un-churched family. From a very young age I accompanied her to church and soon joined the Sunday School programme and mid-week youth work. I absolutely loved it. I fast became a Sunday school swat and knew my bible and the stories within very well for a pre-teen! I was also shown a great deal of love and acceptance by teachers and leaders which made the experience so appealing that it felt like an extension of being with family. Although I had a lot of head knowledge about the bible, I don’t think at that time it had yet reached my heart.
Following the death of my grandma (the first death I had ever experienced) I suddenly became absolutely fearful of death and the grave. For weeks I remember nights lying in bed, crying, in absolute fear for me and all I loved. A few months later I went to listen to Billy Graham preach at an event headed ‘Mission England’. It was there where suddenly the simple preaching of the gospel reached my heart. I realised that it was because of my sin that death was in this world. I realised that Jesus came to take the ultimate punishment for sin when he died on the cross and rose again on the third day. At that moment, Jesus became my real-life super-hero. I fled to him for forgiveness of my sins and eternal life.
I am not really into team sports but I am a follower of NFL American Football (‘real’ football in my opinion!) which allows me to enjoy a team sport in the company of the minority! When I get the time I really love to surf and to skate. We no longer have TV but I am a big fan of retro TV: Dukes of Hazzard is one of my favourites.
The ability to make and listen to music is an incredible creation and gift from God. I love and enjoy a wide range of music. The last album I purchased was the new Welcome Wagon album: Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices.
That just depends! The Word of God is so versatile, that my favourite verse depends on what I am facing in life. At the moment, I am finding blessing through Jesus’ words in John 14:3: “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.“
Favourite place on earth
I really love big, built up, urban cities. New York and London are two of my favourites. Then again, the Swiss Mountains in Isenfluh in 2008 with our Young Peoples’ Camp France Retreat gave me a great sense of closeness to the majesty and might of my creator God.