He was born in Barbados, the oldest of a family of seven. In 1955 he joined the immigrant trek from the Caribbean to the UK. Though brought up with an Anglican background, on attending church in England he encountered prejudice and what turned out to be racist rejection and in 1961 found in Methodism a genuine welcome and the preaching of gospel reality. He joined the Notting Hill Methodist Church during its group ministry. Over the years has served in many offices and from the early '80s until his retirement in 1995 was the first executive black Methodist racial justice secretary in the Division of Social Responsibility. In 1991 he was elected Vice-President of the Conference. In his secular career he has been a civil servant, housing association officer, labourer, community worker and alderman.