I know it’s a bit unusual to have a page about your father on a blog like this, however in order to understand why I would be on the path I am you need to know about my Dad.
In Australia my Dad is very well-known in Christian and other circles as a radio broadcaster. speaker and the founder of Fusion.
As long as I can remember he has been working to change the world, which made for an interesting childhood.
One of my earliest memories is being taken for a motorbike ride by a man who dad had been working with for a few years, who had schizophrenia, a fact that I was oblivious to, along with the fact that my parents had no idea where I was. That man went on to become a leader supporting churches in a nation where churches are oppressed – just one of the hundreds of people who were helped by Dad over the years.
One of Dad’s gifts has been to see things differently to other people and then find ways of communicating it. He produced over 2000 episodes of his award-winning “Breakthrough Generation” radio program at one stage as aired on over 100 radio stations nationally. He has authored three books and the bulk of Fusion’s training courses.
Dad and I haven’t and don’t always see eye to eye, in fact a friend told me last week that Fusion’s history could be tracked by arguments you have had with your Father. Those arguments have been very important for me. It has been an important journey to be able to distinguish me and my views from him and his. I love the fact though that I can have an intense discussion with him one minute and give him a heartfelt hug the next.
At key points in my life he has been there with wisdom that has been a bedrock for my life. When I was considering marrying Leeanne he told me to read Matthew 6:33 and told me the main thing was to work out what I wanted my life to be about, and to ensure it wasn’t about seeking first a wife but seeking first the Kingdom. That conversation was very formative for me, Leeanne and I had the verse engraved on our rings and that wrestle has become one of the major themes of my life.
I am very proud of what Dad has achieved so far with his life, and the fact Fusion is now in 17 countries and continues to move forward after his retirement is testament to his leadership.
I know I wouldn’t be the same person without his love and support, and the way he has modeled the wrestle of living faith in the real world.