I was born in Torquay and lived there until the age of 5. I then moved to Wells in Somerset, and then back to Torquay at the age of 12. I was attending Living Waters Church: Paignton which was a real time of character building and spiritual challenge for myself and my family, due to different situations we faced within the church. We then later attended Riviera Life Church in Torquay.
I love music and it’s my strongest passion, I’m a drummer and have been playing in Worship bands since the age of 10. My Dad is a worship leader and my Mum sings in church, so I’ve had a great upbringing within a Christian home full of musical influence and a heart for worship. I have 3 little brothers, Ethan who’s 17, Jacob who’s 12 and Ezra who is 8. Ethan is also a talented singer and songwriter. I started to help lead my church’s youth group when I was 15 alongside a great team of people until I was about 17, it was such an incredible period of time, seeing people not much younger than myself with a great passion for God.
I started to steer away from church when I was 17 because of the lifestyle of a live musician I was taking up which consisted of late nights 3- 4 days a week being surrounded by alcohol and other temptations. It continued for longer than it should of, what with attending college four days a week, working 2 days and Gigging the rest, it left no time for God and serving in my church. I attended church when I could but my family moved to Dartmouth which takes a ferry and an hour bus journey to get to from Torquay, where I attended church, worked, gigged, and also where my social life was based with all my friends. I grew resentful of the idea of church due to my second life of drinking and partying 3 nights a week taking over, though through that remaining in contact with my church friends. I then went on tour to the French Alps beginning of December 2014 fully aware I was about to enter into 3 months of heavy drinking and partying in a place where no one knew who I was or could judge me. After about a month and a half after a face time call with a group of all my church friends I had a real sense of God’s presence, this was something that I hadn’t felt for over a year. I was in a hard place anyway with my band and not getting on, constantly being ill while binge drinking most days of the week, our driver making 2 hour journeys across snowy mountains under the influence at 4 in the morning. It’s a miracle I came back alive. After that call I knew what I was doing was completely wrong so not long after the call I bought a plane ticket back home to escape the life style I’d adopted and get back on track with what I was supposed to be doing and where I was supposed to be.
If it wasn’t for what I’d been through and experienced then I wouldn’t be the person I am today, so I’m thankful for that and thankful for God watching over and protecting me. After moving back home I started working again in a full time job living with my family, working with my best friend and attending my church where my closest friends supported me and loved me for who I really am despite who I had been. Deciding to join Create was possibly one of the greatest decisions I’ve made, having only decided to join a month and half before I was due to start while not having a job having been made redundant, I knew I’d have to work hard to be able to do it which is exactly what I did while giving it to God and putting it in his hands. From that point I was employed the following week, I had been accepted on both my SWYM interview and Create interview, and then received a great amount of financial and prayer support from family members and friends which I am eternally thankful and so blessed for. I can’t wait to see how God uses me this year and impacts my life and grow with the team around me.