I was born in Belfast in 1970, the youngest of 6 and the only boy! Growing up, I wanted to become the next Sugar Ray Leonard (former world boxing champion). However, once I reached my teenage years, my desire was to become the next John McMichael (former Intelligence Officer of the outlawed UDA; Ulster Defence Association). This choice led me down some very dark paths, and I ended up having 5 charges on my police record, ranging from assault to criminal damage.
However, after being challenged by 2 fifteen year old girls at a party one night to come to church with them, myself and 6 other friends went to a little pioneer Pentecostal church on our housing estate. We were challenged with the gospel and I (along with three of my friends) committed my life to Jesus Christ in 1987.
I then went on to serve 7 years with the Royal Irish Rangers/Regiment, to attend a 2 year residential Bible College, to marry Tulsi and to be accepted into the work of SASRA in 2001. We have spent all our time with SASRA in Germany and our two daughters have been born out here as well. After leaving school with no qualifications, I have also completed a BTh and a Masters degree in Theology.
There are many verses I could end with, but after the recent opportunity to share the Gospel (with Prince Philip in attendance) at SASRA’s 175th anniversary at the Guards’ Chapel in Westminster, I will end with Psalm 113:7-8a:
‘He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes.’