My wife Pat and I moved to the Parish of Lacey Green, Loosley Row and Speen in October 2014 when I became “House for Duty” Vicar of St. John’s Church. Pat is a fairly recently retired Early Years teacher. We have a son and a daughter, who are both married; and four grandchildren.
In secular employment, I worked in Fire Insurance, and then for 13 years as a Civil Servant. I have also worked part-time as a barman in Central London!
I was ordained in 1983 to serve my curacy in Stansted Mountfitchet in North Essex. I then served as Team Vicar of Holy Cross Church, Borehamwood, in Hertfordshire for 9 years; and as Team Rector of the Seacroft Team Ministry in East Leeds for 11 years. I was appointed Area Dean of Whitkirk Deanery in July 2000; and I became Rector of Leeds in May 2005. I was an Honorary Tutor for the Yorkshire Ministry Course since its inception in 2008 until becoming Vicar of St. John’s.
I have been involved in work with children and young people in a range of contexts over the years in such varied ways as being Manager of a Cubs’ Football Team; being a “Fourth Hand” with the Cirdan Trust Christian Sail Training Project, and at various times Chair of Governors of three Primary School and a Church of England (Aided) High School. I have had a number of children’s stories and playlets published in Together RE magazine; and a short booklet on the origins of Celtic spirituality published by the Leeds Church Institute.
In my spare time, my interests include Jazz, Blues and Folk Music, football, vintage transport, and reading.