I found my faith at age 12, and it’s been the biggest thing in my life since then.
I love science and maths, but ended up in youthwork because I wanted to work with homeless kids. After a 2-month trip to India over the summer of ‘89-’90, I quit my computer science degree and headed into youthwork on the North side of Sydney.
As well as my science background, I’ve studied Theology, Psychology, Sociology, Training, Fundraising, Non-Profit Management and Youth and Community Work.
I’m not a Biblical scholar by any means – but I love my Bible and know it well. I’ve had to work out how to care for people – some more broken than others – in ways that are true to God’s character. Needless to say, I’ve had wins and losses along the way.
I try to take the Bible seriously – to put it into practice. That can be tough going. I live in a messy world.
I try to see the best in people, no matter what they look like on the outside.
Psalm 42 has been one of my favourites for many years. Respecting people and their basic integrity is a critical part of my approach to life. I don’t believe that people can always work it out for themselves. I certainly can’t. But they can generally see much more about their lives than I can, and so I’m slow to give people advice. Besides – they have to live with their choices long after I’ve gone.
I believe God talks to us in the deepest part of who we are, and that our deepest part is where we know him. I believe it is entirely possible to just listen someone into faith, although talking can help too sometimes.
And I think part of why we are here is to know that part of ourselves, to learn to trust it, and to hear God’s gentle whisper.