A very warm welcome to my website. I created this little space on the web as a place to share some of my work as a writer.
My love for writing started in 2004, when I penned my first hymn, As Jesus walked to die, and ever since I have found fulfilment in the challenge of creating meaningful words on a page. Over the past several years I have contributed to many different projects and publications, which have included campaigns, books, newspapers, websites and events and more recently the new Methodist hymnbook, Singing the Faith. I hope to use this as a place to continue to share my joy of writing.
I’m a senior leader in a primary school in Birmingham. In 2012, I successfully completed my Master of Education (Leadership and Management) degree. I’m an accredited Local Preacher in the Methodist Church and graduated from the University of Birmingham with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology.
Through preaching and as an organist, pianist and choir leader, I’ve taken an active part in leading worship and have chaired groups responsible for worship. As a member of the Methodist Church, I have also been a member of the Methodist Youth Executive and served as a trustee with the Methodist Council.
One of the drivers for my church work and writing is the need for the church to be a place where all people are welcomed and included, which I attempt to reflect in my writing and campaign for through organisations, including the LGBT organisation Outcome where I was National Co-ordinator from 2007 until 2012. During this time I oversaw the publication of And it can be: LGBT Methodists moving towards an inclusive church, in which I contributed several chapters.
In recent years, through my willingness to give anything a go, I’ve compered several events, including talent shows for GirlGuiding, and taken to the stage in pantomime season. When there’s time available, I socialise, dine out, read, go to theatres, art galleries and museums, use social media, visit bars, explore cities, listen to and play music, attend concerts, and the list continues to grow!