Steve has spent time at sea in both Tall Ships and in the Royal Navy and is still an active examiner for the RYA/MCA. Prior to joining the Mission, he led a large church Cornwall in a deprived area. Steve is married to Jemma and has 4 children. He plays horn in a brass band, goes sailing when he can and loves running. He supports Portsmouth FC, which can be a real challenge but deepens faith. Steve has worked with the homeless and with refugees and is passionate about bringing the life changing love of Jesus to those on the margins.
I joined the Mission in January 2014, co-ordinating the work of our charity in Africa. I ensure that the aims, values and policies of the global organisation are understood and form the basis of the strategies developed by local chaplains and management committees. Before the Mission I completed two degrees (Teaching and Theology) and spent time working at a high school in Cape Town and the Director for Volunteer Programs at the Scripture Union. After my degree in Theology at the University of Stellenbosch, I became a minster at a Presbyterian Church, followed by positions as chaplain and chairperson of a centre in Richards Bay, South Africa.
Through a passion for historical architecture and event management – I landed at the Mission to Seafarers Melbourne to work on the annual Maritime Art Prize and Exhibition. With an extensive background in hospitality and an executive MBA I then took on the role of CEO.
In May 2022, after a couple of exhaustive years of steering the Melbourne Mission through the pandemic, the great challenge of helping all of the Mission to Seafarers across Australia and Papua New Gulnea has presented itself, and it is full steam ahead.
Born in Vancouver, granddaughter of a Merchant Marine Master. Previous careers in the travel industry and as a partner in a performing arts management company. Educated at University of Toronto (BA Political Science, 1990) and MDiv (Wycliffe College, 2003) ordained as an Anglican priest in 2003, served in both Anglican and Lutheran parishes (2003 – 2019) appointed Chaplain to the Mission to Seafarers in Toronto in 2012, later Executive Director of Mission to Seafarers Southern Ontario (Hamilton, Toronto, Oshawa) and Regional Director for Mission to Seafarers Canada in 2019.
I joined The Mission to Seafarers in 1999, as Port Chaplain in Rotterdam, at the same time I was studying Maritime Law at Erasmus University. I was posted to Dubai in 2002, where I took charge of maritime ministry in the United Arab Emirates and was regional director for the Mission in the Middle East. In 2011, I moved Hong Kong with my wife, to become Senior Chaplain. In January 2014, I was then appointed Regional Director, East Asia, for the Mission, and continue my work in Hong Kong alongside this. Before working for the Mission, I gained a degree in Biology and Genetics in London, worked for a pharma company, then returned to university in 1988 to study Theology in Nottingham. It was after this that I was ordained in the Diocese of Worcester, serving as curate in Dudley, West Midlands (1991-94), and vicar of St. Mary’s, Hurst Hill, near Wolverhampton, (1994-99).
I joined the Mission in 2016 as Port Chaplain for Wellington and Regional Director for Oceania, after I retired from the New Zealand Army where I served as a Chaplain. I have a passion for chaplaincy, justice and advocacy work, and education.
I’ve worked for the Mission to Seafarers for almost 29 years and during that time I have worked in various Ports such as Immingham, Mombasa, Antwerp, Medway and Thames, Southampton and I am now based in Limassol in Cyprus as the Regional Director for the Middle East and South Asia (MESA)
During my time with the Mission I have worked in different models of ministries, contexts and settings. I have seen first hand how the Mission helps seafarers and comes to their aid when things go wrong.
My role as Regional Director for the MESA region is varied and it involves being a good leader, manager and also to be able to inspire our team to achieve greater things for our Seafarers.
I am married to Yara and have one son, John Jnr who is in secondary school here in Cyprus.
I began ministry with the Mission in October 2018. At present, my responsibilities fall into two (complementary) aspects: Regional Director for Latin America and as Port Chaplain for Panamá. My role as Regional Director involves supporting and equipping our current port chaplains as they undertake their ministries. I also identify ports in Latin America where there is no pastoral or welfare support for seafarers. In my role as Port Chaplain of Panamá, I train volunteers to help with ship visiting and offering hospitality to seafarers, and help spread the word about the fantastic work our charity does. Before my roles here, I served as a parish priest in the dioceses of Oxford, Venezuela, Belize and Madrid.