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. I was so struck hearing about all that Jesus said and did. I remember feeling overwhelmed. The more I thought about it, the more it rang true. 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, graphic design, cinema, running, sport, French language and culture, cooking and fine wines. I read a lot.
Do you have any family who attend church? I am married to Kathie who is part of All Saints’. We have four grown-up children and six grandchildren living in Newcastle, Paris and Norwich. They are all members of churches where they live which is amazing.
What are your aspirations 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 have two major focal objectives. 1) All Saints’ needs a building that allows the church of today and tomorrow to thrive, instead of being a museum about what the church used to be, hence the REACh project. 2) We have a growing congregation already filling our building so we want to spread our DNA around a bit by planting out teams around our area, helping dying churches come alive and have a future.
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.