Paul’s main job is as Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Team Leader at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital. He has worked there since 2002 and at CYM even longer than that! Paul is an unlikely University tutor leaving school at 16 with the equivalent of one GCSE A-C grade. He was diagnosed with dyslexia when training for ordination in his 30s and now has two Masters degrees, one in adult education and theological reflection and the other in chaplaincy. He is also a Myers Briggs Practitioner and he and Sally are the complete opposite in personality which makes for lively training sessions.
Paul started life as a chef but joined Youth for Christ in 1982 as a volunteer wanting to learn more about working with young people which he was doing at Westminster Chapel while working at the Savoy and Dorchester Hotels. He never went back to catering and joined YFC as a staff member after two gap years and worked in a variety of roles including heading up gap year programmes, including establishing an apprenticeship programme and ended up on the Leadership Team. He left Youth for Christ when he was ordained and spent five years as a Curate and Assistant priest at Aston Parish Church before starting work at the Children’s Hospital.
Paul has published a wide range of books on articles on spiritual care, chaplaincy and ministry, see a full list here
Paul is entrepreneurial taking the lead in establishing the Grove Youth Series, co-founding the Paediatric Chaplaincy Network and initiating the Centre for Paediatric Spiritual Care (@BCH_CPSC). He is a trustee of a small charity supporting bereaved children and young people and on the UK Board for Healthcare Chaplaincy as a paediatric specialist representative.
Paul’s interest include golf (playing for the Church of England in Ryder Cup style matches against North American clergy), watching films, supporting Chelsea, reading historical novels and coastal walking in Cornwall. Paul and Sally blog at www.markerspostsandshelters.wordpress.com.