I have been our Vicar since March 2013. I was born and brought up in Paisley in Scotland, but I am on my ‘second tour of duty’ in England, having lived in Middlesex and Hertfordshire for 20 years.
While working in a psychiatric hospital in my late teens, I came to personal faith in Christ and very within a few years sensed a calling to ministry. I attended London Bible College (now London School of Theology) and pastored various free churches before becoming an Anglican in 2000. I describe my theology as somewhere between ‘open evangelical’ to ‘middle-of the road’ with slightly high-church leanings – quite an eclectic mix, which probably reflects where St Mary’s is also at in theology and worship.
Further training at Kings College, University of London was followed by a post-graduate degree in pastoral theology at Edinburgh; and my doctorate in Irish migration and the Scottish Episcopal Church was awarded by the University of Durham in 2007.
I was ordained in the Scottish Episcopal Church, as Deacon at St John’s, Dumfries in 2002 and a year later was ordained Priest at St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow. My ministry in the Anglican Church has included being Associate Minister of St John’s, Dumfries; Assistant Priest in the Annandale Group of Churches; and latterly as Team Rector of the South Ayrshire Team (Ayr, Maybole and Girvan).
I describe myself as a bit of a ‘general practitioner’ in ministry rather than a specialist, but I have a passion for developing spirituality, alternative worship, Christian formation, discipleship, and mission.
Having spent short periods in India and Ghana has given me a sense of the world-wide church, and I am involved in the Portsmouth Diocese two days per month on the Fareham and Gosport Deaneries joint Education Group, setting up training for local churches. I am also a Chaplain in the Sea Cadet Corps.
My hobbies and interests include family and local history, music and reading, world travel, and places of interest.