Staff & Volunteers
I have been married 47 years and, with my wife Sue, I have had three children. For the last 25 years I have run my own business and I am now semi-retired.
Some time ago, I witnessed a life besieged by alcoholism from close quarters. I also saw how the AA 12 step programme combined with loving support succeeded in helping someone achieve a full recovery to both sobriety and a fulfilled life beyond addiction.
It was in 2015 when God chose to remind me of this experience and called me to combine my career skills and my life experience to start the Roots ministry.
After being in addiction myself for over 25yrs, I can now say with a joyful heart that I have been set free and have now been in recovery for 14 yrs .
I broke free from my addiction in a Christian community called Betel by allowing Jesus into my heart . Whilst in Betel I became a key part of the work there as a staff member.
During the last 14yrs I have had the opportunity and privilege to help and guide many on the road to recovery.
I have a passion to help the lost and broken and to see men and women break free from their addiction and get on the road to recovery.
I have been free of my alcohol addiction for nearly 11 yrs. Before that I was an alcoholic for over 20 yrs. I nearly lost my son and family because of it, and was very close to loosing my life.
One day I chose to say yes to Jesus and let him fill the huge hole I had in my heart and life. And as a result, today I have a wonderful life living in freedom.
I also now have a real passion to help those who are in the same place I was, Rock Bottom. I long to see lives transformed and set free.
In September 1971 I was hospitalised and underwent chronic withdrawals from alcohol. I was 23 years old, 12,000 miles from home, sleeping on people's floors and unemployable. I'd hit rock bottom.
Thankfully, that point was the beginning of recovery for me. It was when I came to understand and accept that I was an alcoholic and that alcohol had me beat. An old friend took me in for a while and I found my way into a 12 step recovery programme, which I was part of for the next 17 years.
On 10 July 1979 during a Christian Outreach campaign in South Park, Darlington I received JESUS as my Saviour and I've got to say... that's when my life really began. For the last 41 years I have enjoyed real freedom and deep joy and satisfaction walking with JESUS and serving in Christian ministry.
My hearts desire and prayer is that as part of the Roots team I will be able to help and encourage others along the road to recovery and a transformed life.