I retired from fulltime Methodist ministry in 2009. I enjoy the freedom retirement offers, not least to be in the pews for Sunday worship, though I also still very much enjoy preaching and leading worship.This website tells you about the books I wrote towards the end of my full-time ministry and in the first years of retirement. You can also read short reflections on a wide variety of topics.from the archive of my Pause for Thought website which, from 2003-8, offered a daily thought for reflection.
The son and grandson of Methodist ministers, I determined in my early teens not to follow in their footsteps. But in my last year at school, I felt that was exactly what God wanted from me. I then decided to postpone offering myself till I had experienced “ordinary” life and trained as a teacher. Again I felt this wasn’t the way forward and began my ministry in Newcastle-upon-Tyne at the age of 24. I’ve since worked in churches in Braintree, Wood Green and Finsbury Park, Notting Hill and Haywards Heath. I’ve done prison and school chaplaincy and broadcasting (the Pause for Thought slot in the breakfast show Terry Wogan used to compere).
I’m married to Myriel, a pyschotherapist and art dealer. She’s not working fulltime at the moment because of spinal problems and rheumatoid arthritis and it was when she was experiencing significant pain and limitation with these that I retired slightly early to care for her. She’s now much better and we’re living in Ewell. I have three children, 6 grand-children, three step-children and four step-grand-children.
I’ve never regretted changing my mind about being a minister. It’s not a job that cuts you off from “ordinary” life at all and I hope through my writing to share what I’ve learnt about living and about God from my 43 years of ministry and my own experience of growing and making sense of things.