Adrian is our big cheese, the man with a plan, our chief and Vicar. Trained at Wycliff, Oxford, Adrian has been in ordained ministry for over 15 years. Aside from being a devoted husband, dad, and Aston Villa supporter, he oversees the vision and direction of St Luke's, as well as teaching, shaping our missional focus, raising up leaders, and working with the wider pastoral team. Adrian is a gifted apologist, and loves helping others understand the core foundations of the Christian faith. Adrian's passion is to see a church of all nations make disciples of all nations, reaching out to friends and neighbours.
"I grew up in Birmingham, and although attending church till my early teens, found it increasingly boring and irrelevant. After a time away from church, I decided to "dip my toe" back into the world of faith by going to confirmation classes (my mother cunningly suggested this was a good way for me to decide for myself what I believed). At the end of the course I decided to get confirmed and rejoined the church youth group. At the youth group weekend away the following year I heard a talk about how God was looking for people who were willing to follow him with their whole lives, not just say they were a Christian. This was the moment for me that I decided to commit my life, including my career, to God and decided to wholeheartedly follow Christ. At the same moment I felt God call me into Christian ministry. It was 15th Feb 1991. After that I went from being a bit of a rowdy, surly teenager, to being a committed member of the school Christian Union, church youth group, and Sunday worship team. I decided to study theology at university, rather than journalism, and although that wasn't the easiest faith choice to make it was where I began to think through my faith more deeply, and be equipped to answer many of the common objections to faith. It was also the place I met my wife Charlotte, so was more than worth the long essay nights! I worked for a church as a Youth Pastor the year after university and then trained for ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford under Alistair McGrath and Graham Tomlin (now Bishop of Kensington). I was curate and then Associate Vicar at St Stephens Twickenham for 8 years, focusing on outreach, evangelism and work with 18-35 year olds. Then moved to St Luke's in April 2008 to become vicar here."
Where are you from?
What brought you to St Luke's?
I felt God call me to St Luke's nine years ago. When I visited I had a strong picture of the day of Pentecost. That here was a church that was full of the Spirit, that could reach the nations for Christ.
Why do you love Jesus?
He gave up everything to show God's love to me, through his life, death and resurrection. He is the only one that has the words of eternal life. I love Jesus because he first loved me.
Favourite thing/s to do in London?
Driving when it is quiet at night. Visiting wonderful restaurants. Finding the hidden quieter parks and places.
Interesting fact about yourself...
I once presented the religious news on Radio Seychelles.