I was born in 1947 in Jarrow, Co. Durham, where I attended the local grammar school. After studying Social Administration at Dundee University, I trained for the ministry at Westminster College, Cambridge and, in 1973, I was ordained a minister of word and sacrament in the United Reformed Church. As part of my post-ordination training I obtained a BA from the Open University. After serving in pastorates in Northumberland and Cleveland, in 1980, I moved to the Church of Scotland. For six years I was minister of the parishes of Westray and Papa Westray, in the North Isles of Orkney and for twenty-two years minister at the High Kirk in Stranraer. For most of my time in Galloway I served as Clerk to the Presbytery of Wigtown and Stranraer. Since retiring, in 2008, I have been pursuing my interest in church history. In 2018 I graduated from the University of Wales Trinity St David with a Master of Theology Degree in Church History (distinction) and I am currently studying for an MPhil at Stirling. I am married with a grown up son and two grandchildren.