Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow in Practical Theology and Mission
Born in Paisley, Scotland, I first came to the College in prepare for ministry in order to pursue a calling to overseas mission. I then completed teacher-training at the University of Birmingham and taught in the inner-city for some years. I also pastored a local Birmingham church for part of that time.
Following ordination, I accepted, with my wife and family, a 10 year assignment in Latin America. After learning Spanish in Costa Rica, our work in Guatemala began with a three year period of evangelism and church planting in the south west of the country. This included a church plant in our local town, Retaluleu, which we pastored for two years. I became coordinator for Theological Education by Extension in SW Guatemala before taking on the role of Principal at what is now the Nazarene Theological Seminary, Guatemala City.
I completed an MA in Liberation Theology at The University of Glasgow and four years later began teaching at the College in the area of Pastoral Theology. I completed cross-disciplinary (theology/education) PhD studies at Glasgow University in 2001 with a thesis on theological education and distance learning. I became Principal of Nazarene Theological College in 2004, a role I stepped down from in April 2012. I am now part time, but able to spend more time in my areas of academic specialism, and in supporting research students - particularly on the practice-based PhD, for which I am the director.
I continue to be fascinated by cultures and cross cultural ministry. Current research interests include liberation theologies, majority world social and theological issues, missional theology, theological education, preaching and communication.
I hold membership at a local Nazarene church and preach regularly around the Greater Manchester area. I am a trustee of the M13 Youth Project and serve on various national boards and committees. I am married to Elizabeth with two grown up sons and three grandchildren. I enjoy gardening, photography, walking, DIY and keeping up my Spanish. I’m enthusiastic about travel, and continued to be fascinated by Latin America.
I enjoy interaction with students and relish the opportunity to walk with them on the learning journey.