The Wallis Family – portrait by Saskia White
Paul in 2021
Caleb and Ruth, admiring our favourite bit of the Bass Strait
Christmas 2020 / New Year 2021
On Holiday at my mate Tim Turner’s beautiful hotel in West Coker, Somerset – 2016
Caleb and Daddy in discussion – March 2020
Our old place in Victoria’s Yarra Valley
This White Rhino, guarding her calf, charged me and my family while exploring the bushland of Zimbabwe. Fortunately she changed her mind before we came to blows!
I love these old DC3s – similar to the plane we emergency-landed in at Lusaka airport when I was 16. Everyone in the terminal building came out to watch us crash. Instead we landed safely and the pilot was carried shoulder high into the airport where we celebrated still being alive and well with a crate of champagne!
Me with Mum and Mark, getting ready to fly over the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe ’81
Flying over Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – December 1981
Meeting Bobby Moffat’s protege, Dr Livingstone – Zimbabwe in 1981, I presume!
Filming in the Australian bush in 2020…
…and in 2021
In conversation with Erich Von Daniken in 2020
In conversation with Lionel Friedberg in 2021
In conversation with film-maker James Fox in 2020
Tony Barrett (right) – my great friend & collaborator – the pioneering creator of The 5th Kind TV – pictured with his brother Dave Carroll (left) at the Awakening Conscious Life Expo in Manchester UK – 2019
My friend and publicist Gavin Lee Davis – author of the chilling and bestselling novels “HARVEST – the true story of alien abduction,” and “Haunted – Horror of Haverford West”
Evie and Daddy, filming on the NSW South Coast in 2020
Srinagar, Kashmir – including “Our” Houseboat – the Alif Laila – where my parents, brother Mark and I spent some very happy days in 1976. This is the houseboat we shared with Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi – though not simultaneously!
Enjoying the Taj Mahal with Mum and Mark in 1976
Auntie Elizabeth and “Chengwa” aka Revd S.T.Akunor – Bible-translator + Senior Editor of the Dangbe translation of Bible & – equally important – Ruth’s Grandpa!
Paul’s dad and aunt Shirley, feeding the pigeons in London’s
Trafalgar Square a couple of years before the outbreak of WW2
Favourite American Cousins, Dora, Enoch and Hannah
Kwame Nkrumah succeeded Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State of Ghana. Both he and my paternal grandfather Joseph Traugott Sackeyfio studied at University College London and Grays Inn. Nkrumah became General Secretary of the United Gold Coast Convention – the political movement for Ghanaian Independence. In 1957 he became the final Prime Minister of the Gold Coast under British rule and then the first Prime Minister and President of a sovereign Ghana, having led the country to independence.
In 1948 there was a student demonstration in Cape Coast. They were marking their solidarity with six executives of the United Gold Coast Convention, who had just been arrested. The UGCC was campaigning for Ghana’s independence. The authorities of St Augustine’s College and Mfantsipim School responded to the student demonstration in support of the independence movement by expelling 150 students – along with a number of teachers. Kwame Nkrumah responded in turn by founding a new school with his own money, the Ghana National College. To create the new faculty Nkrumah gathered his four most valued comrades in the world of education – three from St. Augustine’s College and one from Mfantsipim School. The comrade from Mfantsipim was my Great Uncle, of blessed memory, Henry “Kofi” Sackeyfio.
Skydiving in 2000, 14,000 above Picton NSW
Pelourinho, Salvador da Bahia in Brazil – where, at the Ecumenical Seminary, I delivered a lecture in Brasileiro-Portuguese on the topic “The Theological Climate in Britain.” 3 months prior my only sentence in Brasileiro was “Hello, No, Yes, Goodbye, Thankyou!” So I was happy to be able to lecture, take Q&A – and have the students laugh at my jokes! A very happy memory from 1989.
In 1987 and 1989 I spent a very happy 4 months in Amazonia as part of my theological formation. There I was privileged to learn from the monastic catalysts of Brazil’s “ecclesiogenesis” (a word that connotes grassroots organic forms of church, active political engagement, & holistic community transformation!) Enjoyed a significant time at IPAR in Belem, Brazil in 1989 – Among other things, IPAR trains and supports catalysts of Brazilian Base Ecclesial Communities. Read more in my book “The New Monastic.”
Visiting Dom Helder Camara in Recife, Brazil in 1989
Horse Trekking in 1976 at Nanga Parbat in the Himalayas with brother Mark and Mum in 1976. Nanga Parbat is home to an infamously deadly mountain and the highest golf course in the world!
Picture by Ruth at Booroomba Rocks in 2005 in the month we got engaged
A Jesus Generation River Baptism – at Point Hut Crossing ACT in 2007
Paul and Ben at Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary – 2017
Spending time in Egypt with my dad in 1988, visiting Giza with its Pyramids and the Sphinx – trekking in the Valley of the Kings and Luxor – and, above, Crossing the Red Sea
Conferencing with Steve and Evan Strong, Bob Newton, Lea Kapiteli and Solreta Antaria in 2020
Visiting with David Adam on Lindisfarne in 1992
Visiting Mont St Michel with Ruth in 2006
Sassolungo and Sassopiatto – enjoying a skiing holiday in Ladin-speaking Ortisei in the Italian Tirol with my great friend Jez. A wonderful refreshing time and an amazing place fill of history and beauty. Thank you Jez! Forever thankful 🙂 (2003)
Us, on the ramparts of Saint Malo – France – 2006
Ruth at Saint Malo in 2006
The River Rance, Dinan, on holiday in France – 2006
At the 16 Foot Sailing Club, Belmont NSW – The Wallises and the Narteys -2019
Young Wallises with Uncle Mark, Grandma and Grandpa Wallis in the UK in 2016
With Nene, Maa and Auntie Grace Nartey in 2011
The Family in 2021
Ruth, Paul and my Aunt Mary on the Gold Coast in 2005
Paul and Caleb – Celebrating New Year 2018
Sitting at the feet of an inspirational futurist – Graham Cooke 2017
Home 2003-2009 -The Lanyon Valley – Australian Capital Territory
Evie and Ben, exploring a park in Canberra in 2012
In Arizona with my lifelong friend Tim Turner, trekking in the Grand Canyon – 1974
Enjoying the Sierra Nevada in 1980
Dad, Mum and Mark and me, touring Yosemite & Yellowstone Park in 1980
Go-karting in the Laurentiens, Canada in 1982
Between the ages of 17-19 Wynton Marsalis and I bore a very close resemblance. So close that I was twice stopped in the street and asked for my autograph. I tried to convince the girls asking me that I wasn’t Wynton. But we did look the same. We dressed the same, had the same range of facial hair configurations, same-looking suits, even the same specs – most of the time – same flat cap – all by coincidence! I told “my” fans that I would be signing as Paul. The girls just laughed and said, “We understand. That’s fine!!” It was hilarious!! Sadly Wynton has aged…better than me!! Good on him!!
Speaking at the Australian Anabaptist Conference
on the subject of the “New Monasticism” – 2009
Paul and Ruth enjoying a favourite beach on the Bass Coast 2018
Holidaying on Victoria’s Bass Coast in 2018
Enjoying our favourite bit of New South Wales’ Nature Coast in 2019…
…and in 2020…
…and in 2021!
Enjoying life in Canberra – 2019, 2020, 2021…
Enjoying life in our beautiful corner of New South Wales – from 2021
Evie, acing the flying fox at school camp – November 2016
New Year 2019, blessing and farewelling our beautiful part of Victoria, Australia
Lunch in the Australian Capital Territory – 2019
Surveying Canberra – 2019
Ben preaching to the crowds in 2014
Arriving on the New South Wales South Coast with my Baby Girl – April 2009
Catching a neighbour, fishing near our home at St George’s Basin, New South Wales, Australia – 2009-2011
Enjoying my favourite thoughtful spot in 2010
Ruth and Maa in 2009
Piano Lessons in 2015 with Ben and Caleb
A note to my Dad (yes, that’s not Caleb above!) from Louis Armstrong. Nice!!
I have spent two very happy months of my life to date, touring Italy. It deserves a far longer stay! In 1971 Rome, Sorrento, Capri and Pompeii blew my young mind. In 1984 I spent a very happy month experiencing the life and cuisine of of Firenze and the surrounding region. In 2003 Ortisei, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano were great revelations for me and, above, enjoying a moment back in romantic Roma. Just in case you didn’t know (take a look at the picture above) this is how police stop traffic in Rome. Check those shoes! Works though!
Forest pathway, cloister, refectory entrance and sanctuary of the Community of the Servants of the Will of God – an Anglican community in East Sussex, England, following the Rule of Benedict, steeped in the theological and spiritual heritage of the undivided Church. From 1987-2004 CSWG was for me a place of rich hospitality, renewal and mentoring from Fr Superior Gregory Dudding – a great supporter of JGen. (You can read an homage to CSWG in my book “The New Monastic”.)
Druid’s Garth – my home in Bathampton, Bath UK from 1984 to 1990
A rare public performance in Bramcote, Nottingham 1989,
dueting with guitarist and theologian, Tim Hull
A rare public performance to an appreciative audience in Canberra in 2011
Ruth – the genius behind AfroShe
Archdeaconing for the Anglican Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn 2013-2016
Ruth, speaking to the youth at Yarra Valley Vineyard – August 2016
Teaching at Yarra Valley Vineyard – April 2018
Teaching the Youth at Yarra Valley Vineyard – June 2016
A privilege to honour two wonderful mentors – David Pytches and Barry Kissell at the Ichthyans Reunion at Andrew’s Chorleywood (UK) – 2016
With Phil Steer and Richard Hayes at St Andrew’s Chorleywood
fpr the September 2016 Ichthyans reunion
Ruth in 2019
Evie – model
My home in London in 1985 when I began in ministry – Fann Street YMCA – such a wonderful and fascinating place to live!
Mount Evelyn, Victoria 2009 – speaking on intentional community at the bi-annual Convention of the Anabaptist Association for Australia and New Zealand
In 2019 with four of our most favourite Victorians – the awesome Benner Family
Evie’s first encounter with trees at Mount Evelyn, Victoria in 2009
Evie & Daddy, walking in Huskisson in 2010
Running around the Yarra Ranges, Victoria in 2018
A favourite prayer spot in Victoria: 2016-2019
More Filming in the Australian Capital Territory in 2020
My Dad in action in 1985 – helping Greek aviation security after a major incident (the sound comes in around 3:57)
My brother Mark and me with my Gran & Gramp, Rita and Fred, in 1978. In 1926 at the time of the General Strike, my Gramp left the pit at Brynmawr and walked the 250km from his homeland in Wales to West Wycombe in England, looking for work. My political convictions are rooted in my grandparents’ story – a belief in social costs, a concern for regions, for those forced to leave their homelands, and for the interests of ordinary working citizens to be democratically represented.
From 1994 to 2004 I was privileged to meet and correspond with British MP Tony Benn. Tony Benn was a “conviction politician” whose steadfast principle was the representation of the ordinary working people of his constituency and of the country. I was very blessed by his warm and generous personal interest and his encouragement of me personally through that period. Tony told me that while he eschewed what he called “the mysteries of religion,” he was open in his pursuit to apply the teachings of Jesus in his politics. The older I get the more I understand what he meant. Tony has influenced my preaching, my politics and my parenting. Vale Tony! RIP!
Local Prayer Spots – Victoria, Australia – 2016-2019
Early morning prayer time – August 2017
Evie taking some Morning Tea
Ruth at breakfast
The Kids – Christmas 2017
Happy Birthday Lunch @ Rochford VIC – 2018
Local scenes – Victoria, Australia – 2016-2019
Sunning and earthing in a favourite bit of Victorian bush, 2018 (ask me about my animal companions on this particular walk – the echidna, the mountain pygmy possum, the monitor lizard and the two swamp wallabies…) Photo by Evie – 2019
Evie, protecting Ben from a local Quenda at “our” Alpaca Farm in Gruyere, Victoria, Australia. Here we lived in a farm-shed for two months when we made the move. Happy memories!
The Family Wallis – July 2017
Piano Lessons in 2005 with Brendan and Christopher Van Der Spek
Two of my most stellar guitar tuition graduates – Kane & Mark Fulwood,
pictured here in Western Australia accompanied by three of their female fan-club.
A mid-winter’s morning at my family home in Pointe Claire, Quebec – 1981-1990
First steps cross country skiing in our backyard, Pointe Claire, Quebec – 1982
Pointe Claire, Quebec, 1985 (photo by my Dad)
View from our apartment – downtown Montreal 1981
A winter’s walk on Mount Royal, Montreal 1981
With my mum and brother Mark, relaxing in Constantinople – 1985
Visiting Turkey in 1985. This is the amphitheatre in Ephesus where the Apostle Paul’s preaching provoked a riot. And given the high-tech design of Roman amphitheatres it must have been loud! Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology demonstrated that limestone seats in Roman amphitheatres created a sophisticated acoustic filter which carried the sounds of instruments and voices all the way to the back row. Clever engineering eh!
Us, enjoying the happiest of days…
Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat where we spent the first half of our honeymoon. Gorgeous! Beautiful! A high recommend!
The Wallis family at my mate Tim Turner’s hotel in West Coker, Somerset – 2016
Currumbin Animal Sanctuary on my first Australian tour – January 1999
Creator of the Chronicles of Avonlea, and Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery would be proud of the influence she has had on Ruth. In spite of all Ms Montgomery suffered, her literary work is steeped in a profound love for people, for redemption, for creativity and education. Through her writing, all of those values (driven by her Christian faith) have powerfully inspired and shaped Ruth’s life and work.
Ruthie, speaking in 2010 at Basin View Baptist Church
about the wonderful ministry of MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers)
Evie on our favourite beach on the Nature Coast – New South Wales , Australia – 2010
And with Daddy and Ben in 2013
Enjoying our bit of the Bass Coast – Victoria, Australia – 2018
Caleb and Evie, enjoying the pool at Mount Buller, Victoria, Australia – 2018
Tennis at Mount Buller, Victoria, Australia – 2018
Blacksmith’s Beach – Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia – 2019
On the beach at Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia – 2020
On a JGen Retreat in Braidwood, New South Wales – 2005 – picture by Daniel Ford
Little Evie with David Ford – 2009
Grandpa (Paul’s dad) with little Evie in 2010
Grandma and Grandpa with us at the coast – Christmas 2010
Ruth and Maa (Ruth’s mum) – with us at the coast Christmas 2010
Ruth, Evie & Paul – Christmas 2009
Paul, Ruth & Ben with Anthony & Kay Brown
(Ant is one of Paul’s 40 group house graduates – class of ’93!)
My best mates and soul-brothers, Ant and Phil. Ant is one of my group-house grads and I have known Phil since we were 7 – and we’ve shared the journey ever since!
Sunning and earthing in a favourite prayer spot in New South Wales – 2010
Celebrating Christmas with new baby, Ben at St George’s Basin – Dec 2010
Joint Birthday Party for Evie and Ben, Canberra 2011
One of my favourite 12th century pubs – this one in Chalton, Hampshire, UK
The frescoes on the interior walls of Idsworth Parish Church, near my Portsmouth home. It’s typical of ancient English churches prior to the Republic. Cromwell’s servants whitewashed over the kind of art which had attempted to anchor English feudal order with the authority of Jesus and the Apostles. I get why Cromwell did it, but it’s still nice to catch a glimpse of some of the artwork!
In the UK with fellow Bath University Students and assorted mammals in 1984
Street-Preacher Paul in 1987
Me and my Groomsmen
With Ruth’s Mum and Dad, celebrating Ruth’s BEd Graduation in 2004
Paul and Ant around 2009
Bridal Dance in 2005
My great friend and JGen alumnus Nick Tipple at Portchester Castle, Hampshire – 2002
Paul & Ben Rodgers, one of the first JGenners in Australia in 2003
Showing my sporting prowess at cricket at Angle Crossing, New South Wales, Australia in 2003 (Just don’t worry about the location of the ball in this shot!)
Paul and Nick Jensen (the very first 2 JGenners in Australia) enjoying the beach at South Durras, New South Wales, Australia – 2003
Evie @ 1
Evie and Daddy at Callala Bay, New South Wales, Australia – 2010
Friends, neighbours and church in Healesville, Victoria, Australia. So grateful for our multi-generational fellowship over the fence with the Milton Family, 2016 – 2019
AirBNB in 2018 = a whole lot of ironing!
Travelling in 2011
Ben’s naming and blessing at Jervis Bay Baptist Church in 2011
Skateboarding with Evie in Olinda, Victoria – October 2015
Exploring Gruyere, Victoria, Australia – February 2016
Wallis Kids enjoying their 2016 “Tree-Change”
Evie and Ben, biking in Victoria, Australia – July 2016
Evie @ 8
Dad by Caleb – 2018
Paul and Ruth – January 2016
Young Wallises – 2016
Looking roundly unimpressed by some historic technology at West Wycombe Fair in 1977 – Auntie Freda, Carolyn John, Mark, Me – and some interloper…
Beach preaching at Dawlish Warren in Devon, UK in 1984
My author’s shot in 2006 – picture taken by Ruth at the NASA / CSIRO Tracking Station at Tidbinbilla, Australian Capital Territory
With Mum, brother Mark and Dad (taking the pictures) enjoying life at the beach in Portugal’s beautiful Algarve – back in the 1960’s
Me and Evie on Callala Beach, New South Wales, Australia – 2011
Evie and Ben, practising their Tina Turner entrance! Sanctuary Point 2012
Evie and Ben, still practising their Tina Turner entrance! Sanctuary Point 2019
Evie, Daddy & Ben outside Daddy’s office at Morrissey Property in 2014
Evie, Ruthie & fellow bridesmaids at a friend’s wedding, Gold Creek, Canberra 2013
Paul at the inception of the Pan African Fellowship, Portsmouth UK – 1996
Home to the Pan-African Fellowship – 1996-2001
(Seeding the International Felllowship of Christian Students in 2001)
Me & Matt Sellers on the Great Barrier Reef in ’99 (top) & Matt at leisure in ’06 (above). A great friend and an alumnus of one one of my group houses, Matt passed away in 2006 at the age of 30. It was through boarding with me that Matt met the Love of his Life. And it was through travelling with Matt that I met the Love of my Life and made my new home in Australia. A God-given friendship whose memory always makes me smile.
My brother Mark and me, snowballing in the
backyard one snowy English Easter in 1974
Getting Baptised in 1982, dunked by Geoff Hawkins & David Pytches
Happy New Year 2021 from Paul and Ruth XXX
Looking very Orthodox in 1991 –
shortly after my ordination as Priest in the Church of England
Visiting and learning from Pastor Sengh Lee at Faith Community
Baptist Church in Singapore in 1997
Naming and Blessing Caleb – Canberra, 2014
Naming and Blessing Ben at Jervis Bay Baptist Church in 2011
I served the Anglican Church in Australia as Archdeacon of North Canberra from 2012 to 2015. This is me and the family as I was collated, The Venerable Paul Wallis, by Bishop Stuart Robinson at Goulburn Cathedral in February 2013. Don’t think Evie looks too impressed with the paparazzi attention though!
Ruth and Caleb on holiday – 2016
Caleb and Daddy after lunch one day – August 2016
Caleb and Mummy at lunch one day – August 2016
While working with the London Diocese I enjoyed the slightly surreal experience of serving on a real diocesan committee chaired by a fictitious vicar – or was it vice versa?! (Frank Williams of Dad’s Army)
Leading 100 teaching and ancillary staff on retreat in 2004. Few things are scarier than teaching a room full of teachers!! Paul with Principal, Carl Palmer.
St Pancras Old Church on the Fleet River – where I was first ordained in 1990
St Pancras Old Church Interior – a church has been on this site since before 314ad
My Nan, Florence, in her younger years. A family tradition in Salvationism on my Nan’s side took a four generation pause, until it resurfaced from my subconscious in the elements of the Jesus Generation pledge and the Simple Rule.
Baptising, anointing and washing with Jesus Generation
Paul & Ruth in 2004 – at a Ghanaian
cultural event in Canberra
Becoming an Australian Citizen – Canberra 2007
Baptising my neighbour in the ocean – at Tathra NSW
Paul & Nick at Greenfields Beach in 2011
A daunting retreat for me in 1993 – teaching the Benedictine monks of Elmore Abbey about “Prayer & Spiritual Direction” Thankful to say I was graciously received!
Enduringly grateful to a wonderful faculty at the University of Nottingham & St John’s College, Bramcote. Great tutors and great libraries which drew me into a wonderful and life-changing tour of the Great Cloud of Witnesses! A real privilege.
The Kennet and Avon Canal, entering Bath
where I had a home from 1983 to 1990
Winter in Bathampton – the Kennet and Avon Canal
January 1985, the year I began in ministry
Historic graffiti – with monographs from 1779 – the bridge
by my home in Bathampton just outside Bath – 1984
Helping with Evie’s first ever bike ride (on a commandeered bike) in 2009
New adventure, walking with Caleb – Yass NSW October 2015
Daddy & Caleb – Portrait by Evie
Selling with Morrissey Property in Canberra 2014
Proud to work with the Morrissey Property Team – Trenton, Nikiya and Steve – 2014
Mum & Bub – Caleb @ just an hour old – 2014
Paul, welcoming our third Little One into the world – July 2014
The Wallis Family – Victoria 2016
Hugo as a baby 🙂
Skye, admiring the view
Celebrating my Birthday in 2020 – Happy to be a certain age 🙂
(thanks Jason & Karen Kirk for designing the specs!)
Birthday Boy 2021 – Happy to be a year older