I was Christened in the Parish of St.Luke in Bromley, South London.
As a young boy I sang in the choir of St. Mark's Bromley and then a little later in my own Parish of St. Lukes.
In my teenage years I sang to another song and became immersed in the Gang culture of my home town.
The day before my 17th birthday I had a violent conversion to Evangelical Christianity which shaped and formed my life to become what is now a life time in Christian ministry.
In the late 1980's I began to explore the concepts of Modernity and gave extensive time to research, writing and speaking on the subject.
In 1990, with the use of a crude version of play theory I forced everything that I had collected in terms of research into a paradigm of "What If" questions.
However I looked at Globalisation, Pluralisation, Secularisation, Centralised Bureaucracy and the spawning of new technologies, I came to a very clear sense that the Christianity of my Evangelical world was fragmenting to a point where it was now beyond recovery.
In short, the faith I had committed my life to propagating was coming to an end in its present form and most importantly it would not survive a major spiritual offensive such as the force of Modernity and then the Tsunami aftermath of Modernity, a rapid de-secularisation process.
I came to the conclusion that there was only one answer; a broad Global Restoration of the Sacred.
I also realised that this was not going to be led by any group or personality. There was now no door to nail a thesis to.
The more I wrestled with this the more I came to the conclusion that there were a series of outcomes that I must pursue:
1. I must abandon the myth that there was such a thing as "The Big Picture". There is only ONE big picture and that is the mystery locked within the secret counsels of God who is an ineffable mystery. I had to let go of the idea that I was part of something bigger than myself that I could grasp.
2. With that recognition I knew where I would have to pursue and that was an Existential form of Christianity that does right in obedience to the Word of God not based upon anything whatsoever beyond the Existential now that I functioned within.
3. I knew though that I must belong to a Community that was Evangelical, Sacramental and rooted in the historical.
4. The Church of England had become a Cultural milieu that I neither understood nor were able to relate to, probably due to its diversity.
5. The various reform movements within Anglicanism were an obvious place to settle after years of exile.They did not though have the stability that I was looking for to trust myself and ministry within.
6. I then by a series of providential circumstances discovered The Reformed Episcopal Church which was a radical reform movement that saw and predicted the coming of liberalism.
A. They were Evangelical in that an encounter with Jesus with its consequences was central to its understanding of repentance.
B. They were Reformed but within the English tradition as opposed to the Continental Protestant Reformation. I would call myself reformed but not Protestant.
C. They had within their DNA the concept of the Sacred. One can call the sacred many things, The Top End of the Candlestick, Anglo-Catholic, High Church, Eastern Rite Anglican and so forth.
Central to the sacred though is the rejection of a Secular worldview as having anything to offer the Existential Christian who is seeking to follow the commands of Christ in the present.