Personal Introduction

Wallis Family by Saskia White

“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. I am, irrepressibly, a musician, a story-teller, an author, a mentor and a barefoot walker.

My journey of faith began in 1982 in a personal encounter with Jesus at St Andrew’s Chorleywood (an Anglican/Episcopal) church in the UK, soaking in all that the Vineyard churches were bringing to the renewal at that time.) Theological training in the UK took me to Brazil and kicked off a journey around the world, from the UK to Australia as a pioneer-planter, church-consultant, intentional interim and Archdeacon. Most fundamentally, I aspire to be a life-long pilgrim, constantly learning what it means to live a humanly and healthily and to flow with the healing love and message of Jesus.

I find inspiration in the holism of educators like Paolo Freire; the radical imitation of Christ of exemplars like Francis and Clare of Assisi, Aidan of Lindisfarne, Hilda of Whitby and Benedict of Norcia. I am constantly inspired by pioneers like John Wesley and the first Methodists, Thomas Helwys and the first Baptists. I also draw deeply from the Hesychast tradition of the Eastern Orthodox churches – embodied by people like Seraphim of Sarov, Theophan the Recluse, Dmitri of Rostov etc They teach me to breathe the quietness and the energies of God and todevelop a peaceful spirit.

These are threads that weave through the material on my website. Ads they find concrete expression in my personal rule of life – encapsulated in The Simple Rule.

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!! In his amazing goodness, God never stops shaping our wills and actions (Philippians 2.13) maturing our faith (Hebrews 12.2) and our work (Ephesians 2.10).  What a wonderful and surprising journey that makes!

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