Education: B.Ed (Hons) in Religious Studies and History, from University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1974.
M.Ed in Advanced Educational Studies, from University of Edinburgh, 1982.
Ph.D in Theology (Dogmatics) from Greenwich School of Theology validated by Pochefstroom University, South Africa, 1999.
Dip Th in Christian Ministry from Westfield House, Cambridge, England, which is the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England's Seminary and Training College, July 2007.
Comment to those looking at my sermons: I hope they are helpful;
by all means 'tweak them' to suit your target congregation.
One of my favorite illustrations: A figurine from Malta which has 3 men in a fishing boat;
think 3 'fellows' rather than 'men',
in a 'ship' rather than a 'boat';
this is my concept of 'church' - 'fellow-ship'
with all pulling together.
Family: Erskine Church has been a Secession Church and a Presbyterian Church but is now a member congregation of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches in the UK.
What my parents think of my sermons: Unfortunately both have passed away.
What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She usually finds them interesting and encourages me to practice what I preach.
Best advice given to me about preaching: Speak slower; and for not more than 15 minutes.
Hobbies: Hill walking, dog walking, badminton, grandson and grand-daughter sitting.
If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Be anxious about nothing; pray about everything.
Something funny that happened while preaching: Only that I keep a record of the sermons I have preached, going back to 1986, and once I preached a sermon in a church where I had preached a very smilar one seven years earlier, and one member of the congregation remembered and picked me up on it! Usually many would find it difficult to remember what I preached on last Sunday!
What I want on my tombstone: 'I told you I was ill!'