“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, where I serve as Lead Pastor of Yarra Valley Vineyard Christian Fellowship. An enthusiastic Australian, my heritage is English, Welsh and Ghanaian. My amazing wife, Ruth, who is a passionate Primary School Teacher and the founder of AfroShe, is of Ghanaian heritage. I am a husband, a dad, a mentor, a musician, a story-teller, an author and a barefoot walker.
My journey of faith began in a powerful, personal encounter with Jesus in 1982 at St Andrew’s Chorleywood, UK – an Anglican (Episcopal) church in the UK which was then soaking in everything that John Wimber and the Vineyard churches were bringing to the renewal at that time.
Theological training in the UK and Brazil kicked off a journey that has taken me around the world, from the UK to Australia as a Chaplain, Church-Planter, Ministry Companion, Church Consultant, Intentional Interim and Archdeacon. Most fundamentally, as a follower of Jesus, I aspire to be a life-long learner and pilgrim.
My inspirations are diverse, including the holism of educators like Paolo Freire; the radical imitation of Christ and soul friendship of exemplars like Francis and Clare of Assisi, Aidan of Lindisfarne, Hilda of Whitby and Benedict of Norcia. I feel an affinity with pioneers like John Wesley and the first Methodists and Thomas Helwys and the first Baptists.
I also draw deeply from the well of Hesychast tradition of the Eastern Orthodox churches – the testimony of people like Seraphim of Sarov, Theophan the Recluse, Dmitri of Rostov etc who teach me to breathe both the quietness and the energies of God. My personal rule of life is encapsulated in the patterns of The Simple Rule. (See the Simple Rule tab.)
Looking forward, I want to know more and more deeply what it means to live a life that is human and healthy, and that carries the message, love and healing life of Jesus.
We all are in the process of becoming ourselves. So if you read any of my website, thinking, “Paul wasn’t any fount of wisdom when I met him!’ then let me simply ask your grace. In his amazing goodness, God never stops shaping our hearts and actions (Philippians 2.13) or working on our faith (Hebrews 12.2) or guiding us in our work (Ephesians 2.10). What a wonderful and surprising journey that makes!