You may have seen Paul on the BBC2 television series Children’s Hospital: the Chaplains in autumn 2014, he is Senior Chaplain at Birmingham Children’s Hospital but is also a Tutor for Midlands CYM. Paul is an unlikely University tutor leaving school at 16 with the equivalent of one GCSE A-C grade. He was diagnosed with dyslexia when training for ordination in his 30s and now has two Masters degrees, one in adult education and theological reflection and the other in chaplaincy. He is also a Myers Briggs Practitioner and he and Sally are the complete opposite in personality which makes for lively training sessions.
Paul started life as a chef but joined Youth for Christ in 1982 as a volunteer wanting to learn more about working with young people which he was doing at Westminster Chapel while working at the Savoy and Dorchester Hotels. He never went back to catering and joined YFC as a staff member after two gap years and worked in a variety of roles including heading up gap year programmes, including establishing an apprenticeship programme and ended up on the Leadership Team. He left Youth for Christ when he was ordained and spent five years as a Curate and Assistant priest at Aston Parish Church before starting work at the Children’s Hospital.
Paul’s publications include Supporting Dying Children and Their Families, Skills for Collaborative Ministry with Sally Nash and Jo Whitehead, Tools for Reflective Ministry with Sally, Multifaith Care for Sick and Dying Children with Madeleine Parkes and Zamir Hussain and Spiritual Care for Sick and Dying Children with Sally and Kathryn Darby. He has also written a variety of articles and presented at conferences in the USA and Australia on paediatric related conferences – a full list is on academia.edu.
Paul is entrepreneurial taking the lead in establishing the Grove Youth Series, co-founding the Paediatric Chaplaincy Network and initiating the Centre for Paediatric Spiritual Care (@BCH_CPSC). He is a trustee of a small charity supporting work in Ghana established by an MCYM graduate and of a local charity supporting bereaved children and young people. He is part of a group establishing guidelines for end of life care for infants, children and young people for NICE.
Paul’s interest include golf (playing for the Church of England in Ryder Cup style matches against North American clergy), watching films, supporting Chelsea, reading historical novels and coastal walking in Cornwall. Paul and Sally blog at www.markerspostsandshelters.wordpress.com.