Born on 23 October 1924 at Lowestoft, he grew up in Norwich in a Primitive Methodist family and was educated at the City of Norwich School, where he became head boy in 1941. He trained for the ministry at Didsbury College. From 1950 to 1954 he served in the Jamaica District and from 1961 to 1975 in Notting Hill as superintendent of the Ecumenical Group Ministry, along with his lifelong friend Geoffrey Ainger. From 1975 to 1986 he was Chairman of the Liverpool District, working closely with Archbishop Worlock and Bishop David Sheppard. In 1982 was President of the Conference. With John Vincent he instigated the Alliance of Radical Methodists. He retired to Redditch in 1991. His publications include Caring (1976), Worship (1994) and Words on the Way (poems and hymns, 2005). He died on 9 September 2010.
'He was a man of passion and compassion, a good and humble man, gentle and strong, austere and sensual, a loner and a man in community, a prophet who believed in prophetic communities rather than the prophets.'
Donald Eadie, in Methodist Recorder, 14 October 2010