He was born into a mill-owning family in Nidderdale, Yorks, the son of a local preacher in the Pateley Bridge Circuit. He was accepted for the ministry at 22 and trained at Hartley Victoria College. He was designated to the Church of South India, where he was ordained. He was the first elected bishop of the Karnataka Central Diocese in 1972 and the only non-Indian bishop of any Church in India when he left in 1980. From 1980 he served as Assistant Bishop of Newcastle (twice acting as Diocesan Bishop) until his retirement in 1998. Throughout his active ministry in both India and England he retained his status of Full Connexion with the Methodist Conference.