“Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us…run with perseverance the race marked out for us…” (Hebrews 12:1-2)
I live with my family in Victoria’s Yarra Valley – a beautiful region of farms and Vineyards. An enthusiastic Australian, my heritage is English, Welsh and Ghanaian. I am married to Ruth, who is a passionate Primary School Teacher and the founder of AfroShe. Ruth is of Ghanaian heritage. We are the delirious and bleary-eyed parents of three awesome kids, Evie, Ben and Caleb. I am, irrepressibly, a musician, a story-teller, an author, a mentor and a barefoot walker.
I am inspired by
- the holism of educators like Paolo Freire and Martin Luther King Jr
- the soul-friendship and radical Gospel living of exemplars like Francis and Clare of Assisi, Aidan of Lindisfarne, Hilda of Whitby and Benedict of Norcia
- the courageous integrity of pioneers like John Wesley and the first Methodists, Thomas Helwys and the first Baptists who defeudalised their expressions of faith
- the Hesychast prayer-people of Eastern Orthodoxy – people like Seraphim of Sarov, Theophan the Recluse, Dmitri of Rostov etc – who teach me to breathe with the quietness and energies of God and to develop a peaceful spirit
With them I believe that our universe is the creation and expression of a creative spirit we call God. Jesus Christ reveals God as holding a profound and fatherly love for human beings – all human beings. Growing in the realm of spirit, God and love is a life-transforming journey.
My quest for these things began in 1982 in a personal encounter with Jesus at St Andrew’s Chorleywood – an Anglican/Episcopal church in the UK. Theological study took me to North East Brazil and Amazonia, via the North of England, kicking off a journey around the world, from the UK to Australia, working since 1985 as a pastor, planter, intentional interim and Archdeacon. My work in coaching and healing today is informed by my journey.
As a life-long pilgrim, I am constantly learning what it means to live humanly and healthily and to flow with the life and love of God. by Today I am enjoying sharing this journey in community with friends and families who live within walking distance of each other.
We are all people in process. So if you browse my website, thinking, “Paul wasn’t any fount of grace and wisdom when I met him!’ then let me simply ask your grace. I still aspire to being a late bloomer!! The NT says that God is always at work in our desiring and doing (Philippians 2.13) shaping our beliefs (Hebrews 12.2) and honing our work (Ephesians 2.10). What a wonderful and surprising journey that makes!
These are threads that you will find weaving through the material on my website – values which shape my personal rule of life – expressed in The Simple Rule.