Born on 4 January 1915 in Addiscombe, Croydon and educated at Kingston Grammar School. His family worshipped at Surbiton Hill church and he became a local preacher following a deep spiritual experience under the preaching of J.E. Eagles. Accepted for the ministry, he followed his missionary brother Leslie to Richmond College, to which he returned as assistant tutor under Dr. Eric Waterhouse. In 1951 he was appointed tutor in Old Testament and Hebrew. With the closure of the college in 1972 he returned to circuit life with ten years in the Ealing and Acton circuit.
His academic gifts were matched by practical skills, which included violin-making. He was also a gifted raconteur and mimic, He died on 9 February 2009.