I moved, with my wife Julie, to Bradley Stoke in 2013 to be the “Vicar-designate of the Parish of Bradley Stoke”. As a brand new role, this began with leading the process of the creation of “New Parish: New Partnership” for the churches of Holy Trinity and Christ the King. The main aim of this is helping the people of these churches to discover how God is leading us to work together to love, bless, serve and pray for the communities of Bradley Stoke and Little Stoke.
Julie and I are loving the welcome we are receiving as we get to know the people of the churches and the local community, and are excited about the future plans that God is beginning to reveal to our churches. The part I play in the wider church includes holding the role of Assistant Area Dean to the Kingswood and South Gloucestershire Deanery and convene a small group of recently appointed first-time vicars as they discover the amazing privileges [and unique demands] of vicar-ing.
Before my own beginnings in vicar-ing in the early 1990.s, I worked in a number of Engineering environments. My main sphere was in aerospace and nuclear design and safety including work with the Airbus and Rolls Royce communities. Through those years, I was also playing a part in various church ministries, especially working amongst young people, many of whom are now doing amazing things for God in all kinds of ways and in all kinds of places.
I’ve had a great love of classic sports cars throughout most of my life and have owned and enjoyed a range of cars which have fed my need for the rush of adrenaline. I also to enjoy the other end of the adrenaline spectrum and have many stories of getting lost in God’s amazing creation.