As a twelve year old at a Ngaruawahia Easter Convention I responded to a challenge to consider full time service and from that time the sense of call to being a pastor was very strong. As a springboard into ministry I chose to teach in primary schools for five years before training at Carey College in 1983—1985. I spent five years as a sole charge pastor at Oamaru Baptist Church and fifteen years at Westgate Baptist Church working in a team of up to five pastors. My wife, Kay, was a Practice Nurse and we had a dream to work together at some point and so became joint managers of Chosen Valley Christian Camp Ararimu in South Auckland.
We have four children and 13 grandchildren. At present our son Jonathan is preparing to work with MAF as a pilot in South Sudan. It was he who noticed that the new position of MAF Relationship Manager would fit me like a glove. I am passionate about the huge difference MAF makes where need is greatest. I look forward to connecting with pastors and mission leaders so that we can partner effectively with churches across New Zealand.