For the past two years I have worked full time in the Northern area of our Circuit. I first served the Lord, as a young volunteer, working for the Waldensian Church in Italy, where I also learnt to speak Italian. It was here I first saw the love of Jesus in the actions of the nuns I worked alongside.
Some years later, I was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Salvation Army, where I trained at the "William Booth Memorial Training College," London. It was my wish to be a "Goodwill" Officer and I served on the Inner-city Mission, in many and various city appointments throughout England, Scotland and Wales. I trained as an open-air Evangelist having to preach many times in Hyde Park London.
Soon I will be coming up to my 30th year as a Methodist Local Preacher. My mission is to bring music back to Methodism in this area. I believe music is the gift from God that opens up the gateway of the soul. It's a gift to be shared. I enjoy my work very much, continuing to draw on my experience in outdoor evangelism.
For eight years I was self employed with my own barbers business in Lancashire and Shropshire which presented many opportunities for pastoral work as customers sat in the chair.
I began the Folk Night at Maesbrook two years ago. For nearly two years, Methodists have shown witness in Oswestry through" Methodist Mission Through Music" which I started. For the past two Christmas's and Easter's as well as other times of the year, I have had many good and enthusiastic helpers from different chapels to leaflet, play musical instruments and sing hymns at Bailey Head Market, Oswestry in all weathers. The hymn that comes to my mind to end is "Soldiers of Christ A rise And Put your Armour on".