People have described me as an interesting mix of someone who is both deep & reflective, and also joyous & energetic. I seek to embody these harmonious traits in myself, and as such can be found doing karaoke, making dancing videos, and making quick witted jokes, yet also in reflective conversations, sitting with peoples pain, and publicly teaching about having a wider & deeper view of faith & life.
My interest in the big questions started when I was a young boy, as I would think about questions like “what happens after you die?” or “If there is a God, what is God like?”. However, such deep thinking though was often overshadowed by a childhood that had baked into it an equally strong desire to have fun parties, be the prankster of the group, and the leader in all things fun. Whilst I didn’t stop being fun, I did refine and seek to be a more mindful and a considerate person of joy as I got older, and this was fostered through a new found faith at 17. I had started attending a youth group at 17, and had an experience of God that in the moment combined my inquisitive mind with an overwhelming sense of the Kingdom of God come-in-flesh. It was here that the big questions came alive for me in deeper, wider, and more grounded ways.
In 2015 I graduated with an accredited counselling degree. During this degree I learnt to weep with those who weep, to sit with both mine and others emotions, and grow in the capacity to be empathetic. Around the same time, I became interested in exploring topics within Christian faith itself, and started to listen, read, & reflect very intensionally on a variety of theological and ethical topics. I also begun to preach and seek to find new and creative ways to communicate and share that which I thought would be life giving. Since then I have spoken at a variety of churches and been a licensed minister.
I now find myself as a counsellor for at-risk youth, a podcaster for two shows, continuing in requests for public speaking, infrequently blogging, a participate in some protests centred around seeking the common good for marginalised groups, and have just recently started a Master of Divinity through the Stirling Theological College.