To help God’s people bring the whole gospel – the good news of Jesus – to the whole of creation
Director of theology for the global Christian environmental organisation A Rocha International
My calling has always been cross-cultural mission. I was born in Kolkata, lived in India until I was 10, and have lived in multicultural Southall, London for 25 years. I studied Indian history, taught religious education in mainly Muslim schools in Bradford, was ordained and served as a curate and then vicar in Southall, before God called my wife Anne and I to set up A Rocha UK as Church Mission Society mission partners. This flowed from the conviction that Jesus is Lord of all creation, and that when Christians take the earth seriously, people take the gospel seriously. We helped a local council transform 90 derelict acres into a country park with lots of community involvement and environmental education. Now my role is global. My books Planetwise and God Doesn’t do Waste, and other writing and speaking engagements have taken me all over the world. But I remain deeply rooted in Southall with Anne and our daughters.
My parents were CMS mission partners and I’ve always been a supporter. I love CMS’s long history of cross-cultural, Jesus-centred mission and have seen its lasting impact in Africa and Asia. The Five Marks of Mission (evangelism, discipleship, compassion, justice, creation-care), which CMS shares with the Anglican Communion, are the best summary I know of biblical mission.