Hi! I’m Alan, a child of God, husband, father, grandfather and pastor. In 2013, after more than 40 years of service I retired and moved to Tiree.
Before studying at BTI (the Bible Training Institute) in Glasgow I worked as a postman and briefly as an electrician’s labourer. On leaving college I worked in Ayrshire, before moving to England. The first six years were spent in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, then for twenty four years years I served as pastor in Chinnor, Oxfordshire. The last ten years were spent in the West Country, in Wiveliscombe, Somerset – a beautiful part of England.
I have had a lifelong interest in railways and for many years, especially when the children were growing up, we had a large landscaped model railway. In moving to Tiree, I am able to indulge another interest, west-coast ferries, thus you will often see me down at the pier. Although, no great photographer, I enjoy photographing and combine that with an interest in computers. My wife, Ursula, and I enjoy walking and in recent years have completed two of Scotland’s long distance paths. Indirectly, it was this love of walking, that God used in bringing us to live here on the Isle of Tiree.
I truly appreciate being part of this island community and value the welcome Ursula and I received from so many when we moved here. It is so encouraging belonging to the Christian family on the island and in particular the Baptist Church with its friendship and warm caring fellowship.
Over the years, I have witnessed the loving kindness and faithfulness of God and his power in transforming lives – for the better. What a privilege it is to serve God knowing that he wants us to know him and enjoy him forever.