“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)
In 2019 my family and I will be relocating from the farms and vineyards of Victoria’s Yarra Valley – to the beautiful Australian Capital Territory. An enthusiastic Australian, my heritage is English, Welsh and Ghanaian – with ancestry in France, Switzerland, Scandinavia, and the West coast of Africa. 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 continually 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, and 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 – and the champions of Western mysticism – people like John of the Cross and Meister Eckhart – 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 expression of an ultimate, creative Spirit, whom we call God. Jesus Christ reveals the fatherly love of this God for all beings – including all human beings. Waking up to the realm of God, spirit and love is an all-embracing and life-transforming journey.
My own “waking up” began in 1982 with a powerful experience of 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. Since 1985 my work has engaged me as a pastor, planter, intentional interim and Archdeacon. My work in coaching and healing today is informed by every aspect of that journey.
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 please let me ask for 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 all the material on my website. And they are the values which shape my personal rule of life – expressed in The Simple Rule.