This is a picture from my 1986 album release, "The Fuse Is Still Burning." In those days I was performing 100 concerts a year all over the world. I am now ordained in the Anglican Church, but started out as a Baptist, completing four years theological training at Spurgeon’s Theological College in London, England. After serving as a Baptist Pastor in Ashford, Kent, I travelled the world as a Singer/Songwriter, Author, TV and Radio Presenter and Preacher, performing in hundreds of venues across the world, from the Streets of San Francisco, to the slums of Calcutta; Wembley Arena in London, England (the home of English football) to schools, prisons and clubs around Europe; The Marquee Club in Soho, where some of the most famous bands in the world have performed, to the Barrios of South America; the Killing Fields of Cambodia to the Kibera Slum in Nairobi; the Royal Albert Hall in London, England to the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. The main focus of my music was in “grass roots” ministry – schools, colleges, universities, pubs, clubs and prisons – often speaking and performing to hundreds of people every week.
After spending a couple of summers working with an aid agency in the Dominican Republic, I set up my own charity in 1992. Soapbox Expeditions became one of the largest Short Term Service Agencies in Europe, taking 300 people a year on practical aid and mission projects to 19 developing countries - some of the poorest locations on earth. Volunteer teams built clinics, school classrooms and feeding centres and worked with street kids living in desperate conditions. Our teams went out to make a difference in a world of need, but most found that the people we worked with and to serve, served us and gave us so much. Many spoke about life changing experiences and even to this day, many who came with us are serving God in many different ways with a heart for the poor and maginalised.
In 2010, together with his wife Sarah and the team from Immanuel Church, he was involved in the re-opening of a derelict church on a decommissioned National Health Service site at Graylingwell in Chichester on the south coast of England. Steve and Sarah moved on from Immanuel Church, Graylingwell Chapel, in September 2016 to take up new positions near Oxford, as mentioned above. Immanuel Church continues to be a dynamic and growing community of people committed to serving God by serving others. In October 2016, Steve was appointed Team Vicar in three beautiful rural parishes near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. His wife Sarah, who is also ordained in the Anglican Church, is studying at Oxford University through Wycliffe Hall, and travels in to Oxford each day from the Rectory, in Quainton where they live. It’s a new, faith stretching challenge for them both, as they explore what God has in store for them and the wonderful people in the communities around them.
It all started with a dream! I had watched an amazing Welsh choir sing "Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah" accompanied by creative lighting and pyrotechnics! I was so affected by this that I sat upright in bed that night singing that song - much to the surprise of my long suffering wife! I decided this was a "God Moment" and put invitations around our community to come and sing pop, rock and soul music. After a few months, and almost entirely by word of mouth, we had a community choir with 200 members meeting in an old chapel. I ended up leading five choirs in West Sussex together with excellent singer and conducter, Emma Barnes (now Eberhardt). Today I lead one 50 strong choir in my village of Quainton. We love it!
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Steve has written a number of books over the years, including the children's fantasy fiction series, "The Rainchild Trilogy." He has also recorded a number of albums and compilations on vinyl, cassette and CD the latest of which was "Musicology" a Double Album compilation of Steve's favourite studio tracks. All Steve books, poetry and records are available to download and some as physical products from his shop. Click one of the links below for more information together with product reviews.
Here you will find an archive of thoughts and pictures from Steve's years travelling around the world with Soapbox
A selection of videos - some compiled from songs, others recording events by way of a video journal