One of four brothers, brought up in Huddersfield, Michael has been in the church since 1983. From a young age his parents brought him to church every week and aged nine he asked Jesus to be the Lord of his life, which he looks back on as his personal conversion experience.
The former Fartown High pupil, left school at sixteen to serve an apprenticeship in engineering at what is now Syngenta. Nineteen years later, after undertaking many duties in the church, from handing out hymn books, youth work, deacon and elder, Michael left engineering to serve as an assistant minister in January 2006. He now returns regularly to Syngenta as the site chaplain. Michael has degree in Applied Theology from Regents Theological College, was ordained at Elim Conference in 2009, and he became our Senior Pastor in April 2011.
Michael is married to Carol with one son Benjamin. He still manages to play five-a-side football, is a bit of movie-buff and, if had the choice, would eat spicy food at every meal time.
Michael has for many years had a passion for encouraging people, especially men, in their walk with God, not only through one-to-one support but also in mentoring groups (m3) and meeting for regular prayer at the Men's Prayer Breakfast. The m3 bible discussion group meets every Saturday morning at 7.00am, and Michael finds that the sacrifice of a lie-in for the opportunity to chew over God's Word with other guys a highlight of his week.
He believes that the church is entering its most exciting time for a generation, with new challenges and opportunities to share Jesus with a needy world.