Things at home in Kilmarnock were pretty good until I was about 10 years old when my mum and dad got divorced. This created a lot of instability and insecurity for me that lead to problems with my education and social life. I began to rebel and refused to go to school. My father became absent from the family unit, and my older brother was taken into care. At the age of 11 I was introduced to the drug culture and also taken into care because of my behaviour. I was hurting inside and looking for an outlet to express my emotions.
At 17 I moved away to Ayr to make a new start but found myself caught up with people that were not healthy for me. The issues of my heart were not changing. Crime to support my heroin addiction led to several prison sentences.
One day a Christian outreach café opened up below my flat. Every time I opened the door Christians were on the street talking to people. I started attending the café and accepted an invitation to attend a church called ‘New Life’. At the church one day, a life changing event happened. I found myself in tears and repenting. I was awakened spiritually to a relationship with God through Jesus. Months later I began a Christian residential discipleship programme.
When I eventually moved back to my home town I was a changed person. With no qualifications, I worked as a kitchen porter, then became a Support Worker, and by the grace of God I studied and attained a BA Honours in Theological Studies.
I married my wife, Daria in 2011 and we now have a beautiful little daughter.
The Lord has been very gracious to me and has given me so many treasures in my life. Lately I have become the Pastor of a Full Gospel Church in Scotland, and the rest of my testimony is to be continued in God’s purposes.