Born into an Anglican family at Old Washington, Co. Durham, he became a Wesleyan Methodist in his youth. On moving to Tyneside, the family joined Wallsend PM society in 1822. After working as a coal miner, he entered the PM ministry and travelled mainly in the North East. He served as Book Steward 1865-70, was President of the PM Conference in 1868 and a Deed Poll member from 1871, as well as being Conference Secretary and Treasurer of the Superannuated Ministers' Fund. He died on 22 January 1880.