There has been no apology from Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, to whom Joe reports writing 18 letters after the church began examining his case. He had one reply, from a correspondence secretary, assuring him that “the archbishop would hold him in his prayers”.
Dozens of Church of England officials ignored sex abuse victim ‘for decades’ despite being told of horrific abuse at hands of paedophile clergyman Revd Garth Moore
‘I told so many bishops‘: survivor tells of system that protected priest
15 March 2016
For almost 40 years, Joe has struggled to be heard by the Church of England over the sexual abuse that has blighted his life. The depression, anxiety and occasional suicidal thoughts that have dogged him since he was a teenager were, he says, as much the product of the church’s failure to listen to and act on his anguish as the original assault in 1976.
One of the earliest senior members that he told about the abuse was Michael Fisher, the highly regarded leader of the Society of St Francis and later the suffragan bishop of St Germans in Cornwall.
Bishop Michael Fisher, who was then in his 60s and died in 2003, was acquainted with Bishop Garth Moore and was a close associate of Peter Ball, the former bishop of Lewes, who was jailed last October for sexual abuse.
According to Joe, then aged 18, Fisher “drew the full story out of me in confession. Immediately afterwards, he led me into an intensely romantic friendship with him”…kissing and caressing …This was not the right response to a young man who was seeking help,” says Joe.
When Joe was 15, Rev Garth Moore, the chancellor of the dioceses of Southwark, Durham and Gloucester and the vicar of St Mary’s Abchurch in the City of London, was a family friend. According to Moore’s obituary, published in 1990 in the Ecclesiastical Law Journal, he was “the foremost canonist of his generation in the Church of England”.
Rev Garth Moore was a very senior figure in the establishment.
St Mary’s Abchurch in the City of London
Archbishop Carey accused of failing to refer to police detailed ’92 allegations against Peter Ball.
George Carey, who was archbishop of Canterbury at the time when police were investigating claims of sexual abuse by Ball, wrote in support of Ball to the director of public prosecutions and the chief constable of Gloucester police in February 1993.
Diplomat Robert Alston (right – brother of convicted paedophile, Richard Alston – left- partner of PIE’s Peter Righton and friend of PIE’s Charles Napier), was on the staff of Archbishop George Carey…
Another bishop who protected Peter Ball:
Peter Nott, Bishop of Norwich
Sophie Rhys-Jones – One of her mum’s oldest friends- the former Bishop of Norwich Peter Nott
Sophie’s father was a master at Sherborne School
Elizabeth Butler Sloss and Dame Fiona Woolf
She wanted to exclude some of the survivor’s allegations against Bishop Peter Ball, in a bid to protect the Church of England.
He says she told him she “cared very much about the Church”.
Elizabeth Butler Sloss is related to the Sainsbury family
“The Hon. Sarah Sainsbury, daughter of John Davan Sainsbury, married to Hon. Robert Butler-Sloss, son of Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, Baroness Butler-Sloss“
Sainsbury Family were involved, along with bishop Peter Ball, in Derry Mainwaring Knight Satanist trial
The biggest contributor was Mrs. Sainsbury, who wrote checks totaling $116,000. Next came the chief magistrate and former high sheriff of East Sussex, a wealthy farmer named Michael Warren, who is reported to have given nearly $80,000.
Lord Hampden, Anthony David Brand Deputy Lord-Lieutenant for East Sussex contributed a Rolls-Royce with state-of-the-art communications equipment
The local bishop, the Right Reverend Peter Ball, of Lewes, a monk of whom the judge said, “You may think he is a little unwordly,” also agrees. “Father Peter,”… endorsed Mr Baker’s fund-raising with a note
Derry Mainwaring Knight’s trial … shocking testimony that would blow the lid off Satanic doings at the highest levels of English society.
He “outed” two Tory politicians (William Whitelaw, Enoch Powell) and one Labour MP (Leo Abse) as cult members.
He declared he would have no need to bilk money out of churchgoers, because he was a successful pimp.
Fomer Head of the CSA inquiry Dame Fiona Woolf
Fiona Woolf – Also, Church of England
Harriet Harman’s successor as legal officer, Marie Staunton, openly defended the affiliation in an astonishingly frank statement of September 1983, which reflected the continued hold of the sexual rights agenda.
‘The NCCL is campaigning to lower the age of consent to 14. An affiliate group like the Paedophile Information Exchange would agree with our policy.’
Like so many others in NCCL/PIE saga, Ms Staunton — now a CBE — has gone on to have an elevated public career, enjoying spells as the British director of Amnesty International and deputy director of Unicef in the UK, and head of the international charity Plan International. She is now chair of the overseas charity Raleigh International.
Dame Fiona Woolf DBE is a trustee of Raleigh International
Another of her Raleigh trustees is Former Unilever Vice President Patty O’Hayer
Leon Brittan had been a non-executive director of Unilever 2004 – 2010
Revealed: who is getting the most money at Britain’s biggest aid charities
2012 £90,001 to 100,000 Marie Staunton, chief executive
Marie Staunton, a trained human rights lawyer, was chief executive of Plan UK for a decade until late 2012. She had previously worked for as a deputy director at Unicef, a director at Amnesty International as as acting general secretary at Liberty.
Ms Staunton writes a blog on the Huffington Post and is also the British independent member on the management board of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, which monitors racism and xenophobia across Europe.
Prince Charles 1978
1978 – Operation Drake
Colonel John Blashford-Snell and HRH Prince Charles launched Operation Drake, running youth projects from ships circumnavigating the globe
The Freemasons’ Grand Charity donate £50,000 to Raleigh International, in support of disadvantaged young people
Raleigh International chosen as beneficiary of Lord Mayor’s Appeal
November 9th 2013
Raleigh International today announced that it is one of four charities which will benefit from funds raised during the 2013-2014 Lord Mayor’s Appeal. Alderman Fiona Woolf, CBE, elected today as Lord Mayor of London, is a Trustee of Raleigh International and has chosen Raleigh as one of the beneficiaries in the official role’s annual charity appeal.
Enoch Powell and Jimmy Savile
Enoch Powell accused of satanic sex abuse
- Late Tory MP was one of the most prominent politicians of the 20th century
He has been named in Church of England review into historic sex abuse
- Claims relate to allegations of satanic rituals often involving abuse of kids
- Powell’s name was given to police by Bishop of Durham Paul Butler
Powell is one of several high-profile names passed to Scotland Yard by Bishop of Durham Paul Butler, who is leading the review.
The Bishop has also handed detectives the name of Leo Abse, the flamboyant Welsh MP who died in 2008 aged 91.
Last night the Church of England confirmed that both names had been passed on to detectives from Operation Fernbridge, a Metropolitan Police inquiry into an alleged Westminster VIP paedophile network.
The Right Rev Butler was given the politicians’ names by Dominic Walker, former Bishop of Monmouth, who heard the allegations when he was a vicar counselling in the 1980s.
Mr Walker told senior clerics that Abse was named by three abuse survivors whom he counselled when he was a vicar in Brighton in the 1980s.
He also passed on the names of two former Conservative cabinet ministers, who have not yet been publicly linked to the scandal. Mr Walker was questioned by the Right Rev Butler after the discovery of a book from 1991 in which he described counselling sessions with adult survivors.
‘A number of survivors independently gave the name of a particular MP being involved,’ he said, adding. ‘I don’t believe there was any collusion in their stories.’
A Church of England spokesman said: ‘The name Enoch Powell was passed to Operation Fernbridge on the instruction of Bishop Paul Butler.’
Enoch Powell and Harvey Proctor –
Enoch Powell was an idol of Harvey Proctor
Harvey Proctor’s solicitors were Denby & Co – Sir Richard Denby AND Peter Jonathan Denby. https://torypartyarchives.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/proctor-denby-letter.jpeg …
It is through Enoch Powell that another intriguing strand in the life of Harvey Proctor appears. This is his personal friendship with missing lawyer Peter Denby who used to work as an assistant to Enoch Powell.
Peter Jonathan Denby, a former aide to Enoch Powell and friend of Conservative Member of Parliament Harvey Proctor
Later he telephoned Proctor and left a message on his answering machine, saying: “I know I’m wanted but I can’t give myself up yet.” Proctor said he was “worried about him.”
While on the run after holding cops at gunpoint, Denby contacted Swinton Circle Bee Carthew, Powell … and Harvey Proctor!
Interesting that Bee Carthew worked closely with Denby, Proctor, Powell, GK Young and … John Tyndall from the NF.
He & Denby had just attempted (unsuccessfully) to sue the BBC. Elm Guest House very much happened & Leon Brittan was named, not by police, media etc, but by residents. The Times were alerted to it many years ago & chose to ignore. Lengthy coverup.
According to Chief Supt Anthony Stevens
The incident was more likely to have stemmed from another crime that had gone wrong.
Dame Alun Roberts @ciabaudo
Jonathan Denby, Proctor’s solicitor, got off lightly for his crimes and is now running a hotel in the Lake District.
Fifty Shades of Grey known for its graphic sexual nature replaces bible at hotel and brings backlash for Damson Dene Hotel owner Jonathan Denby
Dame Alun Roberts @ciabaudo
Sir Richard Denby, a former president of the Law Society like Fiona Woolf, lived in Leon Brittan’s old Yorkshire constituency?
Plus Savile & Jaconelli in Scarborough & all those Tories at Swinton College
Jonathan Denby and Barbara Hewson are first cousins.
Barbara Hewson, Leading Barrister, Says Age Of Consent Should Be 13 And Criticises Operation Yewtree
(Barbara) Hewson and her crew have been rabid about smearing Dickens and debunking the dossiers since the start of this.
Other interesting family links – Barbara Hewson’s mother, Kathleen Joan Denby, worked at Bletchley Park
Barbara Hewson and Butler- Sloss/Havers links:
Barbara Hewson, Butler-Sloss & Helena Kennedy attending.
Barbara Hewson sits on board (Justice Journal editorial advisory board) with Elizabeth Butler Sloss’ nephew Philip Havers QC:
Philip Havers QC – nephew of Elizabeth Butler-Sloss
The Master and Fellows are delighted to announce that Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss has been elected an Honorary Fellow of Corpus.
Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss has many close connections with Corpus. Her father, Sir Cecil Havers, was an Old Member, as were her brothers, Michael (m 1946) who became Lord Chancellor in 1986, and David Havers (also m 1946). More recently, her son Robert (m 1981), and her nephew, Philip Havers QC (m 1969) have kept the Corpus link alive.
Harriet Harman & Marie Staunton CBE in Ghana
21 August 2016
Church of England warned bishops not to apologise too fully to sex abuse victims
“The approach to survivors is often a corporate model and this document supports that – it shows a church led by lawyers and insurers, you get the impression that these people are really their masters.
“A diocese is deferential to their bishop and the bishop is deferential to a bunch of lawyers.
“The Church will say ‘our hands are tied’ but they are paying the people who are tying their hands.
Survivors said it showed there was a culture of denial, dishonesty and “blanking” victims in ways which had heightened their pain and ultimately failed to tackle the roots of the abuse crisis.
It highlighted how the teenager – known as “Joe” – revealed his ordeal to a string of leading clerics, three of them later ordained as bishops, who then claimed not to remember anything.
Rev Garth Moore was a Speaker at Butlins Holiday Camp at Skegness
Butler Sloss’ brother Havers/ Sir Peter Hayman etc
Denby investigated for accepting a bribe from the Iranian State shipping Line?
Peter Hayman heavily involved in shipping lines. CEO of Seatrade
The North Yorkshire aspect and Operation Spade
The North Yorkshire Enquirer believes that one of the paedophiles named in the dossier handed to Whitby MP Leon Brittan, when he was Home Secretary, by Mr Dickens in 1983, was Britain’s most successful and longest offending paedophile and rapist Peter Jaconelli, who was exposed by the NYE team.
It is entirely credible that Jaconelli was one of the prominent persons mentioned in the dossier that Mr Dickens passed to the Home Office. It is also possible that the dossier had information on Jimmy Savile, who was equally well-known for offending openly in Whitby, in joint enterprise with Jaconelli.
The West Yorkshire Police investigation into why it failed to arrest Savile was widely castigated as a whitewash. So was the North Yorkshire Police investigation. NYE investigation here. As with the Home Office and MI5, intelligence files appeared to have conveniently disappeared
Satanists On The Prince’s Land
Daily Express (28th August, 2006)
Archbishop admits Church ‘failed terribly’ over abuse revelations
The Church of England has tonight apologised unreservedly after a Channel 4 News investigation revealed that a prominent Anglican evangelical and former colleague of the Archbishop of Canterbury is alleged to have severely assaulted boys and young men for decades.
The alleged abuse was carried out by prominent QC and part time judge called John Smyth, who was chairman of the Iwerne Trust, a charity closely linked to the church which ran Christian holiday camps for public school students.
The Church admitted that it had “failed terribly”, after this programme learned that the Trust had discovered the alleged abuse in 1982, but failed to report it to the police.
Winchester College, where some of the young men met Smyth, was made aware of the alleged abuse, but also failed to report it to the police at the time. There is no suggestion that any abuse took place at the College or with the knowledge of its staff.
The Archbishop was a colleague of Smyth’s at the Iwerne Trust.
Smyth was never reported to cops.
He was instead allowed to move to South Africa after agreeing never to work with children again.
Neither the church or top Winchester College, were some boys went, told police
The Archbishop and Smyth, who continued to ‘exchange cards’ even after he moved abroad.
Lambeth Palace said: ‘The Archbishop of Canterbury was a dormitory officer at Iwerne holiday camp in the late 1970s, where boys from public schools learnt to develop life as Christians. The role was to be a mentor to the boys, as was that of his now wife at a similar camp for girls.
His son PJ Smyth – of Covenant Life Church
Washingtonian Magazine – allegations that CLC’s members and pastors have been covering up child sexual abuse for decades and are continuing to handle sexual abuse problems internally instead of reporting them to the police.
Son of lawyer in ‘spanking’ documentary heads US ‘megachurch’ embroiled in sex scandal
Justin Welby worked as a dormitory officer at a camp where Smyth was one of the main leaders in the 70s
The Archbishop said he was first informed of the alleged abuse in late 2013 or early 2014.
He said: ‘I was told the Bishop of Ely – it fell within his diocese – had been informed by a survivor of what had happened and had written to the police so we checked that indeed the police had been contacted immediately as per the Church rules.
‘They had been, we keep an eye on it obviously, we kept in touch and found out what was going on.
‘As you know, John Smyth had moved to Zimbabwe in the early 1980s, I understand, and it was not in the police’s jurisdiction.
‘I have a vague feeling I may have had a Christmas card in the 1990s and when I was living in Paris he passed through a
The prosecuting counsel was John Jackson Smyth, Mary Whitehouse’s fellow traveller from the Festival of Lights
John Smyth QC Obscenity case:
“The prosecuting counsel was John Jackson Smyth, Mary Whitehouse’s fellow traveller from the Festival of Lights”
Welby’s role was to be a mentor to the boys, as was that of his now wife at a similar camp for girls.
Much of Welby’s early grounding in Christian doctrine was also gained through the ‘Bash camp’ network…
Welby was involved in the camps as an undergraduate and and again as a theological college student in the early 1990s.
Sir Anthony Montague Browne arriving to visit Sir Winston Churchill in hospital with Dianna Churchill and Lady Churchill
Welby’s biological father was Anthony Montague Browne, Churchill’s private secretary, who later worked for the Queen
In a statement the Archbishop said he had been friends with Smyth during the late Seventies, when he worked at the camps, run by the Iwerne Trust.
The Archbishop said he had kept in “occasional” contact with the barrister since.
He was made aware of the allegations in 2013 when the police were involved.
A statement from the Archbishop said: “The Archbishop of Canterbury was a Dormitory Officer at Iwerne holiday camp in the late 1970s, where boys from public schools learnt to develop life as Christians.
“The role was to be a mentor to the boys, as was that of his now wife at a similar camp for girls.
Many Royal visits to Winchester College
The Titus Trust was set up in 1997 and took over fundraising from The Iwerne Trust.
In 2000 it took control of the running of the holidays from Scripture Union.
In 2014 that the board of The Titus Trust became aware of these allegations
The Titus Trust
Lymington Rushmore is part of the Titus Trust, a non-denominational Christian charity. The Trust has been running activity holidays for young people since the 1930s (originally as part of the Scripture Union). It is responsible for four holiday groups –Lymington Rushmore Holidays serving a mixture of day and boarding schools in the South; Iwerne & Forres Holidays, for those at the larger boarding schools and associated prep schools in the South of England; Gloddaeth Holidays working with independent schools in the North of England; and LDN Holidays for those at independent London day schools.
The Titus Trust continues to enjoy strong links with the Scripture Union and with a number of CPAS Ventures and holidays.
The Titus Trust is a registered charity (charity no. 1066751) and is only able to continue its work due to the generous gifts of its supporters.
Reverend David Fletcher, a vicar in the Church of England who as head of Iwerne decided not to report the abuse to the police, declined to comment to Channel 4.
John Smyth QC right next to an advert regarding child sex abuse
Christian crusader in teen abuse scandal
A British lawyer who has been working for the inclusion of Christian values into South Africa’s constitutional jurisprudence has been accused of the “horrific” and “masochistic” beating of teenage boys in his care.
Currently based in Cape Town, John Smyth, a Queen’s Counsel and former acting judge in England, is alleged to have left a decades-long trail of bloodied bodies and broken spirits both in the United Kingdom and in Zimbabwe.
While in Zimbabwe Smyth ran a Christian mission, Zambesi Ministries, for 17 years. He was charged with the culpable homicide of 16-year-old Guide Nyachuru at one of the Zambesi Ministries’ summer camps held in Marondera in December 1992. Nyachuru’s naked body was found in the Ruzawi School pool — questions still hang over the circumstances surrounding his drowning. Smyth has always maintained it was a tragic accident.
Smyth was also charged with five counts of crimen injuria relating to incidents during a camp in April 1993 involving five boys from posh Zimbabwean schools.
The culpable homicide prosecution was discontinued when the then Zimbabwean Chief Justice, Anthony Gubbay, ruled the prosecutor in the case had a conflict of interest. Smyth moved to South Africa soon afterwards in 2001.
The allegations of abuse — ritualised beatings to “repent” for sins such as masturbation — surfaced this week following an investigation by the United Kingdom’s Channel 4 News, An Ungodly Crime?, which screened on Thursday February 2 in Britain.
The alleged pattern of behaviour appears contrary to Smyth’s public image in South Africa as a moral crusader and the executive director of the Justice Alliance of South Africa (Jasa). This week Jasa shut down its website.
Smyth and Jasa have been involved in Constitutional Court cases arguing against same-sex marriage, teenage sex, abortion, pornography and euthanasia. He also submitted draft legislation to the department of home affairs to limit access to pornography.
Senior evangelical Anglicans appear to have known of Smyth’s behaviour, which An Ungodly Crime? suggests they appear to have sought to cover up. In the late Seventies and early Eighties, Smyth was chairperson of the Iwerne Trust, an Anglican organisation with close ties to The Church of England. Iwerne organised Christian holiday camps for boys from Britain’s poshest public schools (called private schools in South Africa).
An internal report written by the Iwerne Trust in 1982, in which it acknowledges the “horrific” scale and severity of the alleged beatings by Smyth involving 22 young men since 1978.
The investigator interviewed 13 of the 22 alleged victims. In one of the first reported incidents a 17-year-old claimed that instead of a shoplifting incident being reported to his parents, Smyth offered him the choice of a beating to repent.
“He chose the beating, which was given with a cane in the summer house,” the report stated.
According to the report the beatings “continued with four 17-year-olds, on the bare bottom with a gym shoe (because it leaves less evidence) but was voluntarily accepted as a deterrent to masturbation. Beatings varied from a dozen to 40 strokes.”
The report acknowledged the beatings were “technically all criminal offences” but the organisation appears not to have reported these cases to the police at the time. The report suggests the practice was part of the “sanctifying of young men, and the blessings of fatherly discipline” but noted that a psychiatrist “describes it as suppressed masochistic sexual activity”.
From 1979 the beatings are alleged to have escalated in frequency, severity and the number of teenagers involved. About half of the victims attended Winchester College, England’s oldest public school, where Smyth appeared to have access to students.
While there was no overt sexual activity, the report said: “There was a very frequent association with sexual sins of a comparatively minor kind (masturbation and impure thoughts) and too many sexual overtones”.
The teenagers said the beatings were followed by “embraces”, with the survivor laying on the bed while it is claimed that Smyth “would kneel and pray, linking arms with him and kissing him on the shoulder and back”.
Smyth was not charged, and, instead, left for Zimbabwe in 1984.
There, he continued to source boys from top-end schools, like Bulawayo’s Christian Brothers College and Prince Edward School in Harare, for camps where the psychological manipulation and abuse allegedly continued.
31st August 1995 Prince Edward shares a laugh with students from Prince Edward High School in Harare
Doctors for Life – Legal Team – Shadrack Mafutsa, Martus de Wet, Adv Kemp SC, Dr Van Eeden and John Smyth QC,
This consists of an attorney, three Pastors of different churches, a financier and John Smyth QC, the Honorary Director.
After running a mission in Zimbabwe for 17 years, John and his wife Anne have made their home in South Africa. In the third season of their lives Anne and John weave together their experience of their earlier years. John combines his legal skills with pastoral work and is supported by Anne in both spheres of work.
John has been involved with moral issues in Parliament, the courts and media for 5 years now. He has a proven track record having addressed the Constitutional Court as amicus curiae in person, and as architect and author of the successful challenge to Parliament by Doctors for Life in respect of the Abortion Amendment Bill 2004. John writes, lectures and frequently appears on radio and TV. John’s website is www.jjs.za.net.
John and Anne were married in 1968. They have 4 grown up children and 7 grandchildren.
John was educated in the UK and Canada and gained MA and LLB degrees at the University of Cambridge.
He was called to the Bar in 1965 and practiced as a Barrister (Advocate) for 19 years. In 1978 he was appointed a part-time judge, and in 1979 Queen’s Counsel.
One of Mr Smyth’s daughters, who asked not to be named said
that teenage boys were “often” at their family home for barbecues and pool parties and she never saw any abuse.
The alleged assaults came to light in the early 1980s after one of the victims, a 21-year-old student at Cambridge University, reportedly attempted to kill himself after he was told to submit to another beating.
A report by the charity, the Irwerne Trust, in 1982 called the practice “horrific” but the claims were not reported to police until 2013.
A vicar, Mark Ruston, carried out the report for the charity, which has now been seen by Channel 4 News and the Daily Telegraph.
It reported that after identifying the boys, mostly from public school Winchester College, Mr Smyth took them to his home in Hampshire and carried out lashings with a garden cane in his shed.
John Smyth was appointed a part time judge in 1978
In 1984 John and Anne moved with their family to Zimbabwe to do mission work. After two years with African Enterprise they founded Zambesi Ministries which they directed for the next 15 years until John reached 60.
Anne and John now make their home in Cape Town. John is available as a consultant in constitutional law and serves Doctors for Life International and the Justice Alliance of South Africa.
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Welby said he had only had fleeting contact with Smyth since. “I have a vague feeling I may have had a Christmas card in the 1990s and when I was living in Paris he passed through and I shook hands with him. That was the limit.”
Archbishop Welby, was a colleague of Smyth’s at the Iwerne Trust
Archbishop Justin Welby with Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, the daughter of Greville Janner. JANNER PART OF WORLDWIDE RING
Justin Welby “has a secret past smuggling in cold war Europe, briefing US state department officials on rebels in the Niger Delta and chatting to the future head of MI6 in Baghdad.”
None of the news report state his age – odd.
Based on the following he is
I am a retired member of the Bar of England and Wales, and was appointed Queen\u2019s Counsel in 1979.
John Smyth’s son:
Covenant Life Church
Why is Pastor P.J. Smyth Comfortable Enabling Child Sexual Abuse At Covenant Life Church?
A Current Member of Covenant Life Church Has Been Arrested For Multiple Counts of Child Sexual Abuse. P.J. Smyth has not commented on this issue despite being the Church’s Senior Pastor-Elect.
Is P.J. Smyth a Naive Opportunist or Just Someone Comfortable Indirectly Enabling Child Sexual Abuse
P.J. Smyth, a self-proclaimed (he does not appear to have formal Ministry training) Pastor from South Africa, has declared that critics of Covenant Life Church’s (CLC’s) decision to harbor pedophiles are part of a Satanic attack to stop his Godly Ministry per an undisputed statement about his comments at a recent Church meeting below:
PJ was born in the UK in 1971. When he was 13 his family moved to Zimbabwe where his parents took up missionary work for many years. PJ and Ashleigh met at high school in Harare (Zimbabwe’s capital city), married straight after college (1993), and for their first few years of marriage, both taught high school.
In 1997, they started River of Life Church in Harare with a few friends
Q: Where has PJ lived?
A: In the UK until age 13 (1971-1984); in Zimbabwe until age 33 (1984-2004); then in South Africa (2004-2016) until age 45. PJ and family relocated to Maryland in December 2016.
Q: What is his citizenship?
A: PJ is a UK citizen, who enjoyed the status of permanent residence in Zimbabwe, and then in South Africa. Ashleigh is a South African citizen.
Q: Describe PJ’s educational background.
A: PJ attained ‘O’ Levels (aged 16 years) and ‘A’ Levels (aged 18 years), and university degrees from Cape Town University and the University of South Africa in Biblical Studies and Church History.
Q: Describe PJ’s spiritual background.
A: PJ came to faith as a young boy, although he feels he properly owned his faith at age 15. Because he was at boarding schools from ages 8 to 18, PJ’s first genuine experience of local church life came during college. He attended His People Church in Cape Town throughout his university years, and during that time felt God speak to him about one day leading a church.
PJ reflects on three primary shaping spiritual influences. First, his parents. John and Anne Smyth (who live in Cape Town), led PJ to faith and instilled in him a love for God’s Word and for leadership. Second, His People Church in Cape Town. His People taught PJ about the importance of faith, courage and excellence in ministry. Third, Newfrontiers. Terry Virgo, and other Newfrontiers men and women, taught PJ about the importance of the local church, the Holy Spirit and the grace of God.
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