Where were you born and where do you live now?
I was born and raised in Sydney Australia, and fortunately now live next door to the house I grew up in.
How did you become a Christian and did camp play a role in your spiritual development?
My faith journey had multiple moments of saying “yes” to Jesus. My parents nurtured an environment that guided me towards faith in God. Camp continues to play a large role in strengthening and deepening my faith, as it has done since my early years. Whether it was camping at a beach with family and friends or organised camps in my teens and more recent spiritual retreats, I am continually surprised at the power of camp in teaching me new things about God.
Tell us about your family.
My wonderful wife Elissa and I have three children: Will (11), Luke (8) and Ashleigh (6). They are a bundle of energy and fun. When there isn’t trampolining, singing, dancing, piano playing, YouTubing (and the ‘occasional’ sibling rivalry), we love to spend time at the beach in the water together.
What role(s) do you have in Christian camping? How have you been involved in CCI?
After outdoor guiding in my early twenties, I have returned to camping in a role to develop people and programs. I love this role so much – every day is a new opportunity. I have had the great privilege recently of being a part of a team facilitating conferences in Bangladesh on behalf of Christian Venues Australia to encourage and develop camp workers there.
What do you do on your day off?
Being in natural environments renews my soul. I also enjoy spending time with family in whatever adventure that happens to be – its good to be together.
Besides the Bible, what is your favorite book?
I am loving Axiom by Bill Hybels at the moment. Each page is filled with gold in shaping the life and ministry of a leader.
What kind of music do you like? Any favorite recording artists or song?
It’s a bit of a mix for me. I’ll say: anything my wife puts on in the car J
What is your favourite Bible verse? Any story that tells us why?
My favorite verse seems to change a lot. This week it is Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” It encourages us to confidently approach God and he will provide us with our needs. It’s a great image of a loving Father who so earnestly seeks to engage with his children and help them become all He designed them to be.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
Plod with God.
What else should we know about you?
I like my peanut butter smooth. And I’m left handed. That should cover about everything.