The site's not really about
me - but in case you're interested...
school I had no interest in history. In fact for one of the school
exams I scored an amazing -2 (minus 2). What changed? Becoming a
Christian. Peter Jeffery, my Pastor at the time of my conversion
encouraged me to read. He started me off on the 2 Volume autobiography
of Spurgeon and then onto Dallimores 2 Volumes on Whitefiled. I
then just began reading loads of stuff - and it was exciting, unlike
history at school. Although at school, the problem was probably
not the teacher - but me. I did a little bit of preaching but over
time I went to Warwick University as a mature student and received
a Joint BA (Hons) in History & Sociology. I then studied at
Birmingham University and eventually received the degree of Master
of Philosophy (MPhil) in the History of Christianity. My Masters
Thesis was 'Public Worship Within Independednt Reformed Evangelicalism'.
I might put it on the site if there is some interest.
TO THE GRACE OF GOD
while ago Peter Jeffery asked me - with several others from Rugby
- to send him a (brief) account of how I became a Christian for
a book he was writing. So I could do no better than place it here.
So, here it is.
an early age my parents sent me to Sunday school, though they never
attended any church. Around the age of 14 my father became very
interested in Motor X and began to compete; all church attendance
ceased. My parents however, had moral standards and brought me up
according to the light they had.
I became very anti-Christian over the years and developed an unhealthy
interest in the occult; taking part in many séances and using
Tarot cards. On moving to a town close to the Welsh border I somehow
managed to ‘lose’ the cards. I never used them or took
part in a séance again, though I still had a number of books
on the occult. The place I moved to meant regular heavy drinking
and drug sessions.
I moved back to Rugby and met an old friend (John Lee). Though normally
a depressive character, he seemed full of joy. I had no idea what
had happened to him, but I wanted it. One day John persuaded me
to listen to the testimony of Willie Mullan. Willie lifted up a
Saviour for sinners. I’d never heard anything like this before;
it literally left me speechless for about an hour. Although my life
had not been quite like his, I could identify with it. Another time
John made me listen to a message that urged commitment to Christ.
John gave me a couple of books to read as by this time I was really
seeking, though worried about all my occult books. [Following salvation,
after reading how the Ephesians burned their occult books, I did
the same.] One day I knelt alone before a Righteous Holy God. In
September 1979, not knowing what to say – mindful there was
no turning back – I opened up one of the books to the ‘sinners
prayer’, making it my own prayer to God for salvation. At
the Cross my burden was lifted – identical to Pilgrim. Praise
God, I was saved.
was all I knew - the Bible was true and Jesus was The Saviour. This
happened without any contact with a church. We bought Bibles and
began to attend Rugby Evangelical Free Church. For the first time
I encountered real preaching. The first time I entered the church,
Andrew Davies was preaching and it came powerfully to my soul that
this was Truth. Over the years, we were privileged to sit under
the ministry of Peter Jeffery – ministry that powerfully lifted
up The Lord Jesus Christ. This Christ-Centred and Cross-Centred
ministry formed a very important foundation for my faith. Since
then, my parents have been converted (both now with The Lord), married
(To Sue, also converted through the ministry of Peter Jeffery) in
1983 and we have three children.
A friend at the time (1979) said it would only last 6 months. The
Lord Jesus Christ has not promised a trouble free life, but He has
promised to keep His people by His grace. My testimony then, is
that from beginning to end, Salvation is of the Lord.