"Love is the root of missions; sacrifice is the fruit of missions" – Roderick Davis

A bit about my background

I grew up in Manchester and went to University College London where I studied Philosophy. I became a Christian in my first year and ever since then have been keen to help my friends understand the forgiveness and hope that Jesus brings.

We've all fallen short of God's perfect standards. We all hurt others and ourselves and we need to be forgiven. Jesus has paid the penalty for the things we have done wrong so that we can have that forgiveness. We can know God's love and enjoy a personal relationship with him - and it's a privilege to share this fantastic news with the people of Newcastle and Gateshead!

After graduation, I spent a formative year as a volunteer with Manchester City Mission doing street evangelism, feeding the homeless, running drop in centres and doing community outreach. Since then, I worked for mission agency Agapé from 2000 - 2003 and then spent some time in the communications teams at Traidcraft and Voluntary Arts England. I volunteer at Gateshead Foodbank and am a trustee of True Freedom Trust. I came back onto Agapé staff in 2014 where I shared my faith with students and the wider community. I now continue to do mission work in Newcastle and Gateshead through Durham Road Baptist church. I also have a part-time national role with Christian ministry Living Out.

I love photography, trains, playing my ukulele, hanging out with friends, playing pool and eating eggs. If you'd like to know more about how I became a Christian, you can read my full story here.