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A neighbour, fishing near our home at St George’s Basin, New South Wales – 2009-2011







Enjoying a favourite spot for just being in 2023



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Paul (picture by Evie 2021)


Caleb and Ruth, admiring our favourite view of the Bass Strait

Hugo at 11 months


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Feeding Pepe, one of our friendly peacocks

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Boys in the backyard on a Saturday morning, Ben walking a convalescent Hugo on the leash and Caleb practising his soccer skills for the new season


Travelling in 2023

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One of my favourite views of planet Earth

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Over Dubai en route to meet my collaborator on The 5th Kind TV – Anthony Barrett


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!

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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!

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Me with Mum and Mark, getting ready to fly over the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe ’81

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Flying over Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – December 1981

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Paul’s dad, exploring Zambia with the family in 1981


Meeting Bobby Moffat’s protege, Dr Livingstone –  Zimbabwe in 1981, I presume!

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Filming in the Australian bush in 2022


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And in 2020…



Head down, in the mid-point writing the 4th in the Eden series…


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Recording with Erich Von Daniken in 2023

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Ramon and Erich, preparing for some deep conversation in 2021



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Happy Birthday Paul 2023!



The Boys exploring Queensland in 2023


Evie, photographing Queensland in 2023

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In conversation with Erich Von Daniken in 2020

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In conversation with Billy Carson in 2022


In conversation with George Noory 2023

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In conversation with film-maker James Fox in 2020

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Talking with Mary Edwards and Barbara Lamb in 2021

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In conversation with Lionel Friedberg in 2021

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Talking with Steve Boucher in 2022

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Paul and Anthony Barrett, first face-to-face meeting 2023

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Paul and Anthony Barrett, interviewing each other in 2023

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Anthony Barrett with his brother Dave Carroll  @Awakening Conscious Life Expo – UK – 2019


Ruthie at South Durras NSW

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Evie and Daddy, filming on the NSW South Coast in 2020


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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 full of history and beauty. Thank you Jez! Forever thankful ūüôā (2003)


In 2022, holding my my first physical copy of FLUCHT AUS EDEN published in Germany by AMRA Verlag – the esteemed German publisher for Juan Carlos Kreimer, Michael Salla, Gregg Braden, and Zecharia Sitchin. It’s wonderful to be holding my first ever hardback book, and my first book to be published in another language!

(Pictured in front of my photographic memories of Ortisei in the Tirol and San Gimignano in Tuscany.)

Valere Castle in hill in Sion Valais Switzerland

Wallis – the beautiful Swiss homeland of my French-Swiss ancestors. It was families from the beautiful district of Valais who in the 1300s made the voyage to England, to make it their new home and become  the Wallis family

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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!

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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  S.T.Akunor – a revered pastor and the Senior Editor of the Dangbe translation of Bible – and equally importantly, Ruth’s Grandpa!

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Paul’s dad and aunt Shirley, feeding the pigeons in London’s
Trafalgar Square a couple of years before the outbreak of WW2

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Favourite American Cousins, Dora, Enoch and Hannah


In 1957 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. In 1934 my grandfather was called to the bar, serving later as a barrister in Ghana. Kwame Nkrumah took his qualitifcations in law and applied them in the direction of Ghanaian independence. In 1947 Nkrumah became General Secretary of the United Gold Coast Convention – the political movement for a sovereign Ghana, liberated from the rule of the British Royal Family.  A decade later Kwame became the final serving Prime Minister of the British Gold Coast and then the first Prime Minister and President of a sovereign Ghana, having successfully led the country to independence.

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In 1948 there was a student demonstration in Cape Coast. It was a demonstration of solidarity with six executives of the United Gold Coast Convention, who had just been arrested for the crime of campaigning for national sovreignty to Ghana. The authorities of St Augustine’s College and Mfantsipim School responded by immediately expelling a hundred and fifty students. A number of teachers were also summarily fired for this act of “sedition” against His Majesty George VI. 

Kwame Nkrumah responded to the expulsions from  St Augustine’s College and Mfantsipim School by founding  a new school with his own money,  the Ghana National College. To create the  new faculty, Nkrumah gathered his four most valued political 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.

My paternal grandfather Joseph Traugott Sackeyfio. He was called to the bar in London in 1934 and was later known for his pro bono work for the poor in Ghana. While in London he was a member of the Royal African Society, where in 1931 he gave a speech which remained noted by the society for nearly a century thereafter.

In his speech my grand-father challenged the social role of academia in framing race relations. Naming the academic discipline of anthropology for its study of Africa, my grandfather argued that it might better inform our understanding of human life on Earth if the academic dsicipline of anthropology would turn its sharply analytical eye to the dynamics of European behaviour on the African continent. For the discipline to comprise instead only European analyses of the culture of indigenous Africans was in effect no more than an academically framed¬† assertion of white supremacy. While couched in measured and and tactful language, for a speech given in 1930’s Britain to the Royal African Society, this was a particularly courageous point to make. Credit where it’s due, I am thankful to the Royal African Society for having minuted in such detail such an assertive speech nearly two decades ahead of Ghanaian independence.

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A selection of homes in England and Australia from my twenty-four year period of living in varying degrees of intentional community


Six of my forty group-house graduates, sending me off to Australia in 2000


Canberra, Australia, 2015.  Archdeaconing and pastoring a creative and diverse community of faith in the Australian Capital Territory.  Seeing this picture makes me thankful for every part of my own journey to date, and the many collaborators I have enjoyed partnering with along the way Рincluding the four great comrades in this picture, from left to right, Rt Revd Ian Lambert, Revd Michael Dasey, Rt Revd Stuart Robinson, and the Ven. Anne Ranse.

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Happy 16th Wedding Anniversary


When the kids were little – 2015


On Holiday at my mate Tim Turner’s beautiful hotel in West Coker, Somerset – 2016


Skydiving in 2000, 14,000 above Picton NSW




Recording my first Audible in 2022 – the audio edition of Escaping from Eden. Grateful for the help of Nick, my sound engineer and all the team at Lonsdale Street, Studio, Canberra, Australia



Back in the gym in 2023 getting ready for a round table with Jay Campbell and friends

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Celebrating Paul’s Mum and Dad’s respective 90th Birthdays – 2023


The Wallis Family wishing You a very Happy 2023

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Father and Sons, wishing everyone a Happy 2023!

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Mother and Daughter in 2022


The actual occasion of my original, now world-famous, Ultimate Frisbee Injury! Yes, that’s why in this shot I am standing a bit funny!

Colorful colonial houses in Pelourinho, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.

Pelourinho, Salvador da Bahia in Brazil – where, at the Ecumenical Seminary,¬†I delivered a lecture in Brasileiro-Portuguese on the topic¬†‚ÄúThe Theological Climate in Britain.‚Ä̬†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‚Äôs ‚Äúecclesiogenesis‚Ä̬†(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.”

Click here for the Facebook page for IPAR

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Visiting Dom Helder Camara in Recife, Brazil in 1989


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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

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And then we were 4! Christmas 2010


Evie and Daddy, walking in Huskisson in 2010


Paul and Ben at Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary – 2017

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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

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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

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Paul & Ruth, on the ramparts of Saint Malo – France – 2006


Ruth at Saint Malo in 2006

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The River Rance, Dinan, on holiday in France – 2006

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At the 16 Foot Sailing Club, Belmont NSW – The Wallises and the Narteys -2019

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Young Wallises with Uncle Mark, Grandma and Grandpa Wallis in the UK in 2016

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With Nene, Maa and Auntie Grace Nartey in 2011


The Family in 2021

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Ruth, Paul and my Aunt Mary on the Gold Coast in 2005


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Evening strolling with the Kids on the Nature Coast, seeing in 2022


Ruthie, exploring the Molongolo Valley


Paul and Caleb – Celebrating New Year 2018

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Coming back from golf with Caleb – 2021


Brothers, Mark and Paul in 2023


Sitting at the feet of an inspirational futurist – Graham Cooke 2017


Home 2003-2009 -The Lanyon Valley –¬†Australian Capital Territory…

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…Corin Forest and the Corin Dam, just nearby, were my thinking places at that time.


Evie and Ben, exploring a park in Canberra in 2012

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In Arizona with my lifelong friend Tim Turner, trekking in the Grand Canyon – 1974


Enjoying the Sierra Nevada in 1980

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Dad, Mum and Mark and me, touring Yosemite & Yellowstone Park in 1980

                               Cartoon of Paul in 1982 by Simon Larkin in the DCGS magazine WOT?


Go-karting in the Laurentiens, Canada in 1982

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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 in the years since…better than me!! Good on him!!


Speaking at the Australian Anabaptist Conference
on the subject of the ‚ÄúNew Monasticism‚ÄĚ – 2009

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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…


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…and in 2021!



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Enjoying life in Canberra – 2019, 2020, 2021…


Rodney, Paul’s dad, in 1953

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Brenda, Paul’s mum, in 1954





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Enjoying life in our Beautiful Corner of New South Wales – ’21-’23


Evie, acing the flying fox at school camp – November 2016



New Year 2019, blessing and farewelling our beautiful part of Victoria, Australia


Surveying Canberra – 2019

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Ben preaching to the crowds in 2014

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Arriving on the New South Wales South Coast with my Baby Girl – April 2009


Ruthie with Evie at Moona Moona Creek – April 2009

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Enjoying my favourite thoughtful spot in 2010

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Rodney and Brenda, Paul’s mum and dad, at the Huntsman, Bath 1987

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Ruth and Maa in 2009


Teaching Evie keys in 2010

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Piano Lessons in 2015 with Ben and Caleb

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A note to my Dad (yes, that’s not Caleb above!) from Louis Armstrong. Nice!!

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Louis Armstrong, passing on his skills




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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

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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

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Ruth – the genius behind AfroShe


Archdeaconing for the Anglican Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn 2013-2016

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Ruth, speaking to the youth at Yarra Valley Vineyard – August 2016


Teaching at Yarra Valley Vineyard – April 2018

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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

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Ruth in 2019

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My home in London in 1985 when I began in ministry – Fann Street YMCA – such a wonderful and fascinating place to live!


The snowy view from my underground flat on a cold winter’s day in London – 1991


Mount Evelyn, Victoria 2009 – speaking on intentional community at the bi-annual Convention of the Anabaptist Association for Australia and New Zealand

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In 2019 with four of our most favourite Victorians – the awesome Benner Family

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Evie’s first encounter with trees at Mount Evelyn, Victoria in 2009

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Our Place in the Yarra Valley 2016-2019


Running around the Yarra Ranges, Victoria in 2018


A favourite prayer spot in Victoria: 2016-2019

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More Filming in the Australian Capital Territory in 2020

My Dad in action – helping Athens International Airport (a vital key to the Greek economy) get back on its feet after a major security incident in 1985 (sound comes in @ 3:57)


My Gran and Gramp, celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary

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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.

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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!


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Favourite Local Sunning and Earthing Spots – Victoria, Australia – 2016-2019

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Early morning – August 2017


Evie, surveying the Bass strait and taking some Morning Tea


Ruth at breakfast – 2016


The Kids – Christmas 2017


Happy Birthday Lunch @ Rochford VIC – 2018


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Local scenes – Victoria, Australia – 2016-2019

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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…)

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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!

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Farewelling the Yarra Valley in 2019

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The Family Wallis – July 2017

Church-based ministry often requires the pastor to take second jobs to self-fund and subsidize the work of a church in need. Among my favourite ancilliary gigs have been those as a music-tutor. Here I am in Canberra, Australia, subjecting two of my favourite students to jazz piano lessons in 2005 Рmy young friends, Brendan  and Christopher Van Der Spek

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Among my very favourite and most stellar music tuition graduates were these two talented gentlemen, Kane & Mark Fulwood, pictured here in Western Australia, accompanied by three of their female fan-club, and looking like they’ve just played a very successful gig.

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Our place on a summer’s day (top) and my Mum (mid) negotiating a mid-winter’s morning at our family home (bottom) in Pointe Claire, on Montreal’s West Island, 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


My Mum looking serene in 1984


Mum, Me, Gran, Mark and Nan at the Huntsman in Bath 1984


With 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!



The Two of 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 great friend Tim Turner’s hotel in West Coker, Somerset – 2016

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Currumbin Animal Sanctuary on my very first Australian tour – January 1999


Picture by Caleb – 2023


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 the setbacks that Ms Montgomery suffered in life, her literary work is steeped in a warm and profound love for people, for redemption, for creativity and education. Through her writing, all of those values (driven by her deep Christian faith) have powerfully inspired and shaped Ruth’s life and work.

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Ruthie, speaking in 2010 to the congregation at Basin View Baptist Church,
presenting on the wonderful ministry of MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers)


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Evie on our favourite beach on the Nature Coast – New South Wales , Australia – 2010

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And with Daddy and Ben in  2013

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Enjoying our bit of the Bass Coast – Victoria, Australia – 2018


Caleb & Evie, enjoying the pool at Mount Buller, Victoria’s high country, Australia 2018

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Tennis at Mount Buller, Victoria, Australia – 2018


Blacksmith’s Beach – Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia – 2019



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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 &Grandpa celebrating Christmas 2010 with us on the NSW South Coast


Ruth and Maa (Ruth’s mum) – Christmas 2010 at our home on the coast


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!)

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My best mates and soul-brothers, Ant and Phil. Ant is one of my group-house grads. He boarded with me in London when he was nineteen. I have known Phil since we were schoolmates from the age of seven. And we’ve shared the journey ever since!

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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

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Me and my Groomsmen at the Australian National Gallery


With Ruth’s Mum and Dad, celebrating Ruth’s graduation as a Bachelor of Education in 2004

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Paul and Ant around 2009

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Our smooth and accomplised ūüėČ Bridal Dance in 2005


My great friend and JGen alumnus Nick Tipple at Portchester Castle, Hampshire – 2002

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Paul & Pastor 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!)

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Paul and Nick Jensen (the very first 2 JGenners in Australia) enjoying the beach at South Durras, New South Wales, Australia – 2003


Daddy and Daughter sharing a moment in 2008


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Evie and Daddy at Callala Bay, New South Wales, Australia – 2010

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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-ing in 2018 = a whole lot of ironing!


Travelling in 2011

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Helping with Evie’s first ever bike ride (on a commandeered bike) in 2009


Helping Evie to walk – St George’s Basin December 2009

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Helping Evie with bike riding – Canberra October 2015

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Skateboarding with Evie in Olinda, Victoria – October 2015


Ben’s naming and blessing at Jervis Bay Baptist Church in 2011


New adventure, walking with Caleb – Yass NSW October 2015




The shed and grounds of the alpaca farm Gruyere, Victoria, where we lived for three months, crammed into one bedroom  in 2016. It was an amazing transition!

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Wallis Kids enjoying their 2016 “Tree-Change”

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Evie and Ben, biking in Victoria, Australia – July 2016


Evie @ 8


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Dad by Caleb – 2018

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Paul and Ruth – January 2016

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Young Wallises – 2016

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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

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My author’s shot in 2006 – picture taken by Ruth at the NASA / CSIRO Tracking Station at Tidbinbilla, Australian Capital Territory

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With Mum, brother Mark and Dad (taking the pictures) enjoying life at the beach in Portugal’s beautiful Algarve – back in the 1960’s

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Me and Evie on Callala Beach, New South Wales, Australia – 2011

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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




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Celebrating the wedding of our friends Jackie and Papi – Canberra 2013


Paul at the inception of the Pan African Fellowship, Portsmouth UK – 1996

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Home to the Pan-African Fellowship – 1996-2001
(Seeding the International Felllowship of Christian Students in 2001)

Happy 40th, Matt!

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Matt Sellers and me Рsnorkeling at Yeppoon off the Australian Great Barrier Reef in 1999. Matt was an alumnus of one one of my group houses from the early days of JGenРand a great friend to me and to my cat Raoul. Matt always boasted that he could make Raoul purr just by talking to him. And it was true! Our lives intersected at an important moment for both of us. It was through boarding with me that  Matt met (and later married) Heidi, the Love of his Life. And it was through travelling with Matt that  I met (and later married) Ruth, the Love of my Life, and made my new home in Australia. Matt died in a tragic accident in 2006 at the young age of 30. I think about Matt often, a friend whose memory always makes me smile.

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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 

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Happy New Year 2021 from Paul and Ruth XXX

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Looking very Orthodox in 1991 –
shortly after my ordination as Priest in the Church of England

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Visiting and learning from Pastor Sengh Lee at Faith Community
Baptist Church in Singapore in 1997

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Naming and Blessing Caleb – Canberra, 2014

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Naming and Blessing Ben at Jervis Bay Baptist Church in 2011





A very happy chapter in ministry, serving the Anglican Church in Australia as Archdeacon of North Canberra. This is me and the family as I was collated, The Venerable Paul Wallis, by Bishop Stuart Robinson at Goulburn Cathedral in February 2013. I don’t think Evie looks too impressed with the paparazzi¬† attention though!


Ruth and Caleb travelling to the UK in 2016

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Caleb and Daddy after lunch at a Yarra Valley winery one day in August 2016

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Caleb and Mummy at lunch that same day!

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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)


Few things are scarier than teaching a room full of teachers!! Here I am, leading a hundred teaching and ancillary staff on retreat in 2004. 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



Priesting at my first Australian Parish in 2000


Chaplain at the Australian National University from 2001

A Young Nan

My Nan, Florence, (my paternal grand-mother) in her younger years. My brother and I have very happy memories of staying at my Nan’s. I remember details of her cooking, the way she would read stories, the games she would teach us and phone calls to her sisters on her giant 1930’s phone. Nan was clearly very proud of us! It was exciting too because staying with my Nan meant we were away from the subrubs and in the big city – London! It was like a different world – a house full of artefacts of distant times and, outside, the unfamiliar chorus of street-traders was like that scene out of Oliver!

I mean this one!

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These are shots of Winston Churchill speaking on his election campaign in 1945 from the portico of the Red Lion in High Wycombe. This was just down the road from the pub of which my Nan and Grand-dad were the landlords in the 1950’s. I feel really proud of the business savvy, hard work and forceful presence by which my grand-mother made a success of this business.

Interestingly, even having “won” the war, Churchill was not voted in as a PM for peace time. He lost the 1945 general election. Having suffered and survived the losses and privations of a world war, giving up everything for their country, people did not want to return to the mean penny-pinching governance and the means-tested benefits of the depression years which comprised the decade prior to the outbreak of war.

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This is my Nan and Grand-dad’s pub in the ’60s – after its name was changed from “The Grapes.”

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Having been left out of the US-Germany deal at the end of WWII (part of the package responsible for ending WWII) Britain desperately needed rebuilding. Churchill’s promise of even more blood, sweat and tears in the peacetime following the war was entirely the wrong message and the wrong plan for that moment. In 1945 the public was ready to throw its weight behind a government which would rebuild the country by massive investment, and stimulus of enterprise, publicly underwriting education, health and infrastructure. Taking up where Chamberlain had left off, this policy of nation-rebuilding was the gift of Prime Minister Clem Attlee and the¬† social-democratic policies of Labour’s manifesto. Accordingly, Churchill lost by a landslide.

Notwithstanding this extraordinary policy mis-step, Winston Churchill himself was loved and honoured for piloting Britain through the war years. The huge crowd gathered outside the Red Lion in High Wycombe in 1945 reflects that honour.

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Baptising, anointing and washing with Jesus Generation in 2004

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Paul & Ruth in 2004 – at a Ghanaian
cultural event in Canberra


Proud to become an Australian Citizen – Canberra 2007


A favourite prayer spot 2000-2009 – The Cotter Dam near Canberra

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Baptising my neighbour, friend and paralympian, Greg, in the ocean at Tathra NSW

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Paul & Nick at Greenfields Beach NSW in 2011

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November 2009, enjoying the wedding of Paula and Dave,
(the latter, one of Paul’s 40 group-house graduates)

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A daunting retreat for me in 1993 – teaching the Benedictine monks¬†of Elmore Abbey about¬†‚ÄúPrayer & Spiritual Direction‚Ä̬†Thankful to say¬†I was graciously received!

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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.


Loving life with our favourite American cousins, Hannah, Enoch and Dora at St Georges Basin NSW in 2010 (Ask me the story of Selina the hospitality cat Рfar left!)


The Kennet and Avon Canal, entering Bath
where I had a home from 1983 to 1990

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“Man on a Walk”

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

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Daddy & Caleb – Portrait by Evie

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Selling with Morrissey Property in Canberra 2014

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Proud to work with the Morrissey Property Team – Trenton, Nikiya and Steve – 2014

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Mum & Bub – Caleb @ just an hour old – 2014

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Paul, welcoming our third Little One into the world – July 2014

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The Wallis Family – Victoria 2016

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Hugo as a baby ūüôā

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Skye, as a baby, admiring the view

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Celebrating my Birthday in 2020 – Happy to be a certain age ūüôā

(thanks Jason & Karen Kirk for designing the specs!)

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Christmas 20 Bloopers

Family Wallis in 2021

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Happy New Year 2022


Enjoying my favourite thoughtful spot in 2023


Wishing you Health and Peace!