Position within the Church: Vicar
How long have you been a Christian? Since 1979.
How and why did you become a Christian? It was at the age of 17 in a Christian Youth Centre in Berkshire. It was an amazing place with a fantastic welcoming atmosphere. I had an encounter with the love of God and I was so struck hearing about all that Jesus said and did. I remember how it had such a ring of truth and the more I thought about it, the more it rang true. In the end, I gave up my resistance. Becoming a Christian was the best thing I that ever happened to me and I have never once regretted that life-changing event.
What are your hobbies and interests? I am interested in music, cinema, running, sport, French culture and wine. I read a lot.
Do you have any family who attend church? I am married to Kathie and we have four grown-up children and five grandchildren living in Newcastle, Paris and Norwich. They are all members of churches where they live.
What are your aspirations for All Saints’ Church for the next 12 months? I expect to see us moving ahead with our vision of praying, serving and sharing Jesus’ love in our communities. I want us to become more aware of God’s power amongst us.
What are your long-term desires for All Saints’ Church? My role is about leading All Saints’ to discover and accomplish God’s will for its future. I do that by setting out the overall vision, by training and releasing ministries, by seeking to model loving service and by encouraging an atmosphere of expectant prayer. I want to see All Saints’ filled with the glory of God; a place where God’s presence is tangible, where people regularly come to faith and then daily grow in maturity and Christlikeness.
Finally, what has been the best advice/guidance that somebody has given you as a Christian? When you work, you work. When you pray, God works.
* John has written a book called ‘Believe It Or Not’ explaining why he believes God is real, Jesus is alive, Christianity is true and it all adds up. It is available from the church bookstall and on Amazon.