Education: My back ground is in the Electrical Trade, approximately 22 years as a Registered Electrician, High Voltage Cable Jointer, Technician and Registered Inspector. I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Business and Administration and a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health(Massey University), a Diploma in Biblical Studies (Laidlaw College) and a Salvation Army Diploma in Mission and Ministry (Booth College of Mission). I'm currently working towards a BMin with Laidlaw College New Zealand.
Comment to those looking at my sermons: Please take the time to read this and my written grammar is not as flash as my spoken. I may have an Arminian theological perspective which may or may not differ from your own theology.
It is my aim to give glory to God, to teach Kingdom thinking that will bring about life change through people experiencing a relationship with Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit! Then right relationships with one another.
Sermon or series that made a difference: Tools of the Faith. Bishop Justin Duckworth, Resurrection Service 2013.
One of my favorite illustrations: The Parable of Water.
Family: My family is large and extended. Immediate: Rochelle my wife, Corps Officer Salvation Army and all round lovely lady. Louis oldest son, 24, doing a drainlaying apprenticeship, a hard worker, with plenty of attitude to go with it. Terry second son, 21, doing a building apprenticeship, hard working and keen to give it a go. Both young men with a lot on the go.
What my parents think of my sermons: They have listened to one sermon, I think they thought it was okay though they did not say alot.
What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: "The sermon is not the main part of the service."
Best advice given to me about preaching: David Well's of BCM, "We are preaching the Word of God for Life Change in People today, by the Power of the Holy Spirit" and "Whats the Big Idea?"
Books that have had an impact: Frank Glen: Fly High Reach Far, Barry Crump: A Good Keen Man, James, All four Gospels.
Hobbies: Once upon a time in a land far far away, I was a fairly full on kayaker, tramper, cyclist. Now I enjoy reading in my spare time, a little kayaking and getting into the out doors. I am a collecter of small things.
If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Relationship: ensure you have a right relationship with God and your fellow humans. Work on this, repent, receive the grace of God in your life and the fruits of the Holy Spirit will become evident. You will be so much more in Christ than you are outside of his will.
Something funny that happened while preaching: When I was speaking to a group of children and I told them "they could stand on Jesus" to which a small boy replied "Noooo you can't stand on Jesus, that would be naughty". Well they do say you shouldn't work with small children our animals.
What I want on my tombstone: There will be no tombstone my ashes will be left on the side of Mount Robert, in the Nelson Lakes National Park.