I was brought up in a Christian home where I saw the reality of my parents and grandparents faith and answers to prayer. I made a decision to follow Jesus when I was about 4 years old. From that early age I was encouraged to actively pursue my own faith. As I grew up, I met numerous Christian workers and missionaries. I read many biographies, and subsequently I felt a call to mission. I was actively involved in Crusaders, now Urban Saints and by the time I was 15, I was leading bible studies and teaching other groups of young people. I went on to train in their leadership programme.
At the age of 21, having worked for several years, I applied to UEA to study Development Studies. At the time it was rather left wing so I became involved with L’abri and I was greatly influenced by F. Schaeffer. This has given me a lasting confidence in scripture and a deep assurance in our Eternal Creator God. I fully intended to use my degree in mission; however in my second year I began working at Norwich YMCA and after graduating I began working full time leading a team in youth work, drama, and evangelism, involved in street evangelism, schools and churches across Norfolk. I was also able to take a year out to study a post graduate course at London Bible College, now the London School of Theology. While working at the YMCA, I met Nicy and we were married in 1987.
Nicy had her own call to mission particularly to Europe, being able to speak a number of European languages fluently. So we spent 1988/9 travelling in New Zealand and Asia seeking the Lord about our future together. Meanwhile the drastic changes were happening in Europe, and on our return we began to seek the Lord as to serving Him in Europe. I trained as a TEFL teacher and also a Secondary teacher of Geography and History.
In 1993 we packed up a 1973 VW camper with Alex (aged 2) and Luke (5 months) having been recruited to train Hungarian Russian teachers to become English teachers. We spent 5 years “tent making” supporting several Hungarian churches. Eszter our third child was born in Northern Hungary. On our return Nicy studied a PGCE in secondary modern foreign languages. We moved to Caterham in Surrey and spent 5 years actively involved in Oak Hall Church.
In 2004 we returned to Hungary to support and teach in a new bilingual school; again we were “tent making” supporting several local churches and working alongside Operation Mobilisation. We returned to Norwich in 2009 for our children’s education. Since then we have been working as teachers, Nicy on a part-time basis. On looking round to find a suitable church, we started attending Servants Church in early 2010.
Currently we lead a House Group and oversee the church’s student ministry. Nicy is heavily involved in outreach to a number of Hungarian Roma families who have recently become Christians. Our interest in international mission continues and as a when the Lord leads we would like to return and serve Him in Europe.