I was born in Sidcup in 1977. As a teenager I was involved in local gangs and all that culture encouraged - violence, drug taking and dealing. In 1999, however, I met my future wife, Alexa, and soon afterwards God began a work in me that He continues today. Our first child was born in 2001, and not long after this me and Alexa attended our first Alpha course. We both gave our lives to Jesus at Spring Harvest in 2002 and were baptised together in 2003 at Trinity Baptist Church. In early February 2004 we were married and our second child was born in 2005.
I became involved with a group who visited prisons around this time, talking to inmates about how God can help people turn from crime to Christ. Ian says "Whilst visiting prisons God spoke to me. It was more like a strong voice in my mind than audible words. He said "I want you to be in the prison - not just visiting. I didn't think he wanted me to commit a crime, so I joined the prison service as a Prison Officer in 2006."
In 2009, after leading several Alpha courses with Alexa, I began my ministry with Cornerstone. I have served as leader and was convicted by God in 2015 that I should be involved in this full-time. God led me out of the Prison Service in 2016 and asked me and Alexa to trust Him to provide for all their needs.
The next chapter in their lives will be an exciting one - please pray for the faith we will need to sustain us as God continues to work out His plan.