Education: B.A. (Hons) Business Studies, University of Ulster, Jordanstown
B.Th., Trinity College, Dublin
M.Phil., Queens Univeristy Belfast (Thesis: The Charismatic Movement in the Church of Ireland: a Theological and Historical Introduction).
Now studying at Union Theological College, Belfast for a D.Min
Attended curriculum approved courses UMBC, Baltimore, Maryland in:
Critical Incident Stress Management - Group Crisis Intervention
Critical Incident Stress Management - Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support
Presently studying Psychological Trauma Management at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown
Comment to those looking at my sermons: i am still learning so be patient - big sign ’Work in progress.’
Sermon or series that made a difference: Too many to name
One of my favorite illustrations: C S Lewis’ man with the lizard on his shoulders, describes so many people it is unreal.
Family: Wife - Janet,we have been married for 15 years.
Daughter - Taylor (7 years old)
What my parents think of my sermons: i dont really know - they are generally very encouraging
What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: encouraging and refreshingly honest with me - she is my Barnabas
Best advice given to me about preaching: Stick to the passage, put it in its context and let it dictate to you. The passage is not a washing line for you to hang your thoughts on. Take it to Corinth (if preaching on Corinthians) before you bring to to Woodburn.
Books that have had an impact: Eugene Petersen’s Series of Books on Pastoral care
Francis Schaeffer and Ravi Zacharias - big influence
As are John Stott, Dick Lucas, etc
Brennan Manning’s books have been inspiring.
John Eldgredge - has infulenced my understanding of men’s ministry.
Joseph Girzone’s Joshua series - were a refreshing read (not very theological but a good read).
Essay’s in Telling the Truth - helped understand the present generation and reaching them with the gospel.
enjoy reading Hemingway and also Laurens Van der Post (especially about Africa).
PG Wodehouse for sheer fun
G K Chesterton - excellent reading - especially ’Orthodoxy’ and his ’Father Brown Mysteries.’
Hobbies: Reading, golf, shooting, swimming and meals with friends
If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Jesus loves you, He died for you and He wants you to be with Him for all eternity,will you not come.
Something funny that happened while preaching: A parishioner fell asleep and fell off their chair - then criticised the sermon on the way out.
What I want on my tombstone: Jesus loves me this i know, for the Bible tells me so.