Born and brought up in Northern Ireland within a Christian family, I made an initial commitment of faith as a child (aged 5 or 6) before reaffirming and starting to live out that decision as a late teenager.
I met my wife Joan when we were 11, got married at 22 and have been together for just over 38 years; we are very much a team. Our children are now both in their twenties and married. Some of you may know our daughter Emma – a member of Central (and Streetlights) during her time at ECA.
My working life has been in aviation; first of all flying fast jets in the Royal Air Force and then an as airline pilot with Cathay Pacific Airways. I finally hung up my flying gloves just over 2 years ago.
We have been privileged to live in many different places; Joan’s early years as a missionary kid in Peru, the rest of our time in NI, England, Wales, Scotland and a 25 year association with Hong Kong. We settled here just over 2 years ago after a number of years with a foot in both Edinburgh and Hong Kong.
Over the years I have been involved in many aspects of church life from co-leading a youth group, starting and running a Christian music venue, Alpha (participant, host & leader), Alpha Marriage, home groups (member, host and leader) as well as a church finance team. I was also an elder in our church in Hong Kong for 13 years, some of that through periods of transition.
In Central we are part of the 1030 service (with a toe in the evening gathering) and members of the All Nations Community. Joan is also part of the prayer team and Central Counselling.
I have a heart for Scripture, people, vision and leadership. Scripture in the sense of seeing it honoured and faithfully taught; people (especially our young folk & particularly young men), in coming alongside them and helping them see their potential – both at home, work and in church. Vision and leadership are more difficult to define in this space – I’m uncomfortable marketing myself. I do however have a long background of leadership at home, work and in church families, and an ability to see and discern the bigger picture.
This is a process I was NOT expecting to be part of. Whilst I had been considering what I should be involved in, I was surprised to be challenged with regard to eldership on two occasions by members of my community in the weeks prior to this process being advertised. This challenge was communicated again after the November elder election email and I agreed to prayerfully consider it.
After much prayer, reflection and encouragement I have reached a peace about submitting to the process and hence to this place. My desire is to seek what God has for me and us at this time.