I first met with Jesus in 1982 at St Andrew’s Chorleywood, UK – an Anglican (Episcopal) church in the UK soaking in everything that John Wimber and Vineyard were bringing to the renewal happening at that time. Through more than 30 years in ministry I have carried that spiritual DNA on a tour of the churches and around the world in my journey with Jesus. The journey has taken me on a tour of the churches – from Anglo-Catholic to Pentecostal, from non-aligned, emerging, grassroots, residential and missional expressions to my setting today. I now work within Vineyard Churches Australia as Lead Pastor of Yarra Valley Vineyard in Victoria. I am a husband, a dad, a teacher, a mentor, a musician, an author and a barefoot runner.
My personal 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 related to pioneers like John Wesley and the first Methodists and Thomas Helwys and the first Baptists.
Trained in the UK and Brazil I have served in the UK and Australia as a Pastor, Planter, Mission Companion, Church Consultant, Intentional Interim and Archdeacon. An enthusiastic Australian, my heritage is English, Welsh and Ghanaian. My amazing wife, Ruth, who is a passionate Primary School Teacher and creative entrepreneur is of Ghanaian heritage.
Romans 3.23 explains that we are all sinners who have fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3.23) That counts me in. So if you read these commendations and think, ”Streuth, Paul wasn’t that sorted when I met him!’ then please let me ask your grace. God’s grace never ceases to shape our hearts and actions (Philippians 2.13) He perfects our faith (Hebrews 12.2) and guides our work (Ephesians 2.10). By his goodness we are all people in process! And what a wonderful and surprising journey that makes!