I have the great fortune to be married to Eleanor. We have lived in St Albans for 40 years and throughout this time have been members of Christ Church, an informal Anglican congregation. Our daughter Ruth and her husband Jon with their three children live in Cambridge where Jon is an Associate Vicar. Our son Andrew and his wife Nicola with their two pre-school children live and work in Manchester where they are members of an independent church.
I am at heart a passionate behind-the-scenes administrator who loves 'sorting things out' and 'tidying things up' – and I am told I display all the annoying characteristics of such a person! Over the years I have moved into more of an up-front ministry as a trainer, speaker, adviser and writer. I want to help Christians enjoy learning how to organise well.
I read Maths at Cambridge and so learned how to analyse problems. Then after a brief spell in what I always thought was going to be my life's work of transportation engineering, I became the Organising Secretary for a national Christian mission and, later, the first Executive Administrator at a large London church. During this time I qualified as a Chartered Secretary.
In 1981 I set up Administry, an idea for applying the principles of administration I had been developing to all types of churches.
An innovative publications programme was initiated, based on research in a growing number of member-churches. To this was added support for Church Administrators all over the UK. In 1993 I handed over the leadership to focus on the developing work of consultancy and training.
Church consultant and trainer (1999–)
In 1999 I became convinced (to my surprise) that God was moving me on. Since then I have worked as a self-employed consultant and trainer.
The heart of my work has gradually shifted from administration alone to helping churches and Christian mission agencies become effective in all they do. This has come through a steadily widening range of assignments and commissions.
Since 2009 I have seen my work gradually shifting again to include a greater range of strategic initiatives on a national scale, including the launch and growth of the UK Church Administrator Network (UCAN) and the further development of my writing output in the Resources section of this website. My vision is for the whole Church to seek and encourage spiritual gifts of administration so that it can become healthy and effective for Christ.
Since 2013 I have been in a period of succession planning so that others can take this vision forward over the coming years. For example, I am planning to hand over my work with Church Administrators (UCAN) to a new team in September 2017 so I can return to my original focus on consultancy, training and writing.
I long to see Christians get their act together so that their life in Jesus Christ and their work for him can prosper.