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John was born in Liverpool in 1959. John parents are Phil and Gwen and he has one sister, Sue who is married to David Neal. David and Sue have two sons, Philip and Stephen.

John went to Holt Comprehensive School (now called Childwall Community School). The most significant event in his life was the day he became a Christian when he was 16 through his involvement with a Boys' Brigade company at Bethel Church.

He trained as a Physical Education Teacher at Chester College from 1977-80. After teaching for a year at Lymington he worked and studied at Capernwray Hall, near Carnforth, Lancashire. From 1982-85 he worked as a staff worker for UCCF (Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship). During this time he met and married Katrina. Their first year of marriage was spent at All Nations Christian College where they did a one year diploma of mission course.

In Feb 1987 they went to Bangladesh to work with a Christian organisation for three years. During this time Joanna and Emma were born. We spent six months at home in the UK during 1990, when Laura was born. In July 1990 we went to work at Hebron School in South India. We spent five years at Hebron where John taught PE and Religious Studies and together they ran the Inter Boys dorm (25-30 boys aged 12-14). During our time at Hebron Hollie was born in 1992. We came home to the UK in 1995 and moved to Leicester in March 1996 as John took up a role within SIM as a regional representative for the Midlands. We settled at Knighton Evangelical Free Church and from September 1998 John worked full time at the church as Assistant Pastor.

In August 2001 John started at Hopehall Evangelical Church, Paisley as Pastor.