Yep, that's me!

Yep, that’s me!

Let me introduce myself…

I am a Christian who has had a rich and varied life… born in Blackburn, West Lothian, I grew up in a mining village and was the youngest of three kids.

Childhood memories are not of a happy time and by the age of fifteen I left school being in the bottom class at secondary. I completed a pre-vocational course in engineering and enjoyed doing electronics. I commenced an apprenticeship with Ferranti’s in Edinburgh in 1971.

I was awarded apprentice of the year and enjoyed the training. However, I followed in my fathers footsteps and was an alcoholic by the time I was seventeen – I remember asking the owner of my ‘local’ if I could book the function suite for my birthday. He said, “Yes, is that you twenty-one Howard?” He was shocked when I said, “no my eighteenth!” “What! You’ve been drinking here for two years,” he replied!

I was also a DJ at the local community centre and around the local pubs and nightclubs. This meant I had a succession of girlfriends…

HMS Hermes 1979 Bay of Biscay

HMS Hermes 1979 Bay of Biscay

When I was 20, I left my job and joined the Royal Navy serving on, amongst others, HMS Hermes! This was to be literally, life changing for me…

Without going into all the details, I left the navy having given my life to Christ and I changed my ‘wild ways,’ and began an interesting journey…

I trained to become a minister on leaving the RN and got married in 1984 to Anne. We have five children, I have pastored four churches and am now the Superintendent (since August 2012) of Aberdeen Seafarers Centre and Port Chaplain, a role I have had since 2001.

I enjoy my ministry to seafarers and this website is my personal reflections on all that I do. Look around and you will see various stories and events that may be of interest to you! If you have something that you would like to contribute, then that would be great – just get in touch via the contacts page.

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