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” What a refreshing spirit Terry brings into a room or round a dinner table ,now transfer that to a church meeting , his humour together with his deep love of Jesus is powerfully expressed through his preaching style . Terry and Jill have been a real source of encouragement to many at Tenerife Family Church, I value him as friend and look forward to his visits to this island, and many more times of fruitfulness working together. Pastor Bill Jeffery of Tenerife Family Church http://silenciochurch.org

" What a refreshing spirit Terry brings into a room or round a dinner table ,now transfer that to a church meeting , his humour  together  with  his deep love of Jesus  is powerfully expressed through his preaching style . Terry and Jill have been a real source of encouragement  to many at Tenerife Family Church, I value him as friend and look forward to his visits to this island, and many more times of fruitfulness working together.   Pastor Bill Jeffery  of   Tenerife  Family Church  http://silenciochurch.org

” What a refreshing spirit Terry brings into a room or round a dinner table ,now transfer that to a church meeting , his humour together with his deep love of Jesus is powerfully expressed through his preaching style . Terry and Jill have been a real source of encouragement to many at Tenerife Family Church, I value him as friend and look forward to his visits to this island, and many more times of fruitfulness working together.
Pastor Bill Jeffery of Tenerife Family Church
http://silenciochurch.org

” What a refreshing spirit Terry brings into a room or round a dinner table ,now transfer that to a church meeting , his humour together with his deep love of Jesus is powerfully expressed through his preaching style . Terry and Jill have been a real source of encouragement to many at Tenerife Family Church, I value him as friend and look forward to his visits to this island, and many more times of fruitfulness working together.

Pastor Bill Jeffery of Tenerife Family Church

http://silenciochurch.org

“Terry is an effervescent personality with an infectious desire and ability to communicate the good news of Jesus Christ to everyone and anyone he meets. He and Jill’s ministries compliment and flow well together and both are great gifts within the Body of Christ.” Bill Partington Head of Strategic Ministry Relations http://www.ucb.co.uk/

“Terry is an effervescent personality with an infectious desire and ability to communicate the good news of Jesus Christ to everyone and anyone he meets. He and Jill’s ministries compliment and flow well together and both are great gifts within the Body of Christ.”

Bill Partington
Head of Strategic Ministry Relations

http://www.ucb.co.uk/

Who is Terry Eckersley ?   visit:   www.terryeckersley.co.uk  Terry lives in the north of the UK. He is blissfully married to Jill an accomplished stylist, recording artist & worship leader and they have known each other 20 years and been married 6. Terry became a Christian in 1992 after a powerful conversion from a cycle of  brokenness, drugs, crime & prison, this then led to healing & total redemption into extraordinary success. Then serving his way to CEO in Christian Charity  & media helping people all around the world documented in his prolific autobiography "Born Ready ". Terry has been described as a tonic, humorous, high energy, yet vulnerable and relational. He has a strong gift of encouragement & shares the full Gospel message that has so radically changed him. Terry Eckersley  is a creative communicator with an instant appeal that transcends all cultures, people groups & denominations. His much-appreciated art of motivational faith, with deep insight helps people to discover spiritual vitality in a humorous, friendly & powerful  way that brings life and healing. A graduate of 2 Bible Colleges including Hillsong Leadership College. To date, he has completed many speaking, media, radio & TV engagements at Churches, conferences, towns, cities and Prisons in many countries & on 3 continents. Terry has published books, songs & music all around the world, on many platforms & mediums. An ambassador for Compassion UK & associate evangelist with JJohn & The Philo Trust.

Who is Terry Eckersley ?
visit: http://www.terryeckersley.co.uk
Terry lives in the north of the UK. He is blissfully married to Jill an accomplished stylist, recording artist & worship leader and they have known each other 20 years and been married 6. Terry became a Christian in 1992 after a powerful conversion from a cycle of brokenness, drugs, crime & prison, this then led to healing & total redemption into extraordinary success. Then serving his way to CEO in Christian Charity & media helping people all around the world documented in his prolific autobiography “Born Ready “. Terry has been described as a tonic, humorous, high energy, yet vulnerable and relational. He has a strong gift of encouragement & shares the full Gospel message that has so radically changed him. Terry Eckersley is a creative communicator with an instant appeal that transcends all cultures, people groups & denominations. His much-appreciated art of motivational faith, with deep insight helps people to discover spiritual vitality in a humorous, friendly & powerful way that brings life and healing. A graduate of 2 Bible Colleges including Hillsong Leadership College.
To date, he has completed many speaking, media, radio & TV engagements at Churches, conferences, towns, cities and Prisons in many countries & on 3 continents. Terry has published books, songs & music all around the world, on many platforms & mediums. An ambassador for Compassion UK & associate evangelist with JJohn & The Philo Trust.

2014 Terry has been described as a tonic, humorous, high energy, yet vulnerable and relational. He has a strong gift of encouragement & shares the full Gospel message that has so radically changed him. He rose to CEO within Christian charity and media influencing and helping thousands worldwide. Terry Eckersley is a creative communicator with an instant appeal that transcends all cultures, people groups & denominations. His much-appreciated art of motivational faith, with deep insight helps people to discover spiritual vitality in a humorous, friendly & powerful way that brings life and healing. A graduate and speaker at 2 Bible Colleges including Hillsong Leadership College. To date, he has completed many speaking, media, radio & TV engagements at Churches, conferences, towns, cities and Prisons in many countries & on 4 continents. Terry has spoken, published books, songs & music all around the world, on many platforms & mediums. An ambassador for Compassion UK & associate evangelist with JJohn & The Philo Trust.

 

 Terry has been described as a tonic, humorous, high energy, yet vulnerable and relational. He has a strong gift of encouragement & shares the full Gospel message that has so radically changed him. He rose to CEO within Christian charity and media influencing and helping thousands worldwide. Terry Eckersley  is a creative communicator with an instant appeal that transcends all cultures, people groups & denominations. His much-appreciated art of motivational faith, with deep insight helps people to discover spiritual vitality in a humorous, friendly & powerful  way that brings life and healing. A graduate and speaker at 2 Bible Colleges including Hillsong Leadership College.  To date, he has completed many speaking, media, radio & TV engagements at Churches, conferences, towns, cities and Prisons in many countries & on 4 continents. Terry has spoken,  published books, songs & music all around the world, on many platforms & mediums. An ambassador for Compassion UK & associate evangelist with JJohn & The Philo Trust.


Terry has been described as a tonic, humorous, high energy, yet vulnerable and relational. He has a strong gift of encouragement & shares the full Gospel message that has so radically changed him. He rose to CEO within Christian charity and media influencing and helping thousands worldwide. Terry Eckersley is a creative communicator with an instant appeal that transcends all cultures, people groups & denominations. His much-appreciated art of motivational faith, with deep insight helps people to discover spiritual vitality in a humorous, friendly & powerful way that brings life and healing. A graduate and speaker at 2 Bible Colleges including Hillsong Leadership College.
To date, he has completed many speaking, media, radio & TV engagements at Churches, conferences, towns, cities and Prisons in many countries & on 4 continents. Terry has spoken, published books, songs & music all around the world, on many platforms & mediums. An ambassador for Compassion UK & associate evangelist with JJohn & The Philo Trust.

Terry has been described as a tonic, humorous, high energy, yet vulnerable and relational. He has a strong gift of encouragement & shares the full Gospel message that has so radically changed him. He rose to CEO within Christian charity and media influencing and helping thousands worldwide. Terry Eckersley is a creative communicator with an instant appeal that transcends all cultures, people groups & denominations. His much-appreciated art of motivational faith, with deep insight helps people to discover spiritual vitality in a humorous, friendly & powerful way that brings life and healing. A graduate and speaker at 2 Bible Colleges including Hillsong Leadership College.

To date, he has completed many speaking, media, radio & TV engagements at Churches, conferences, towns, cities and Prisons in many countries & on 4 continents. Terry has spoken, published books, songs & music all around the world, on many platforms & mediums. An ambassador for Compassion UK & associate evangelist with JJohn & The Philo Trust.

 

 

 

Terry and Jill Eckersley 2014 January to March 2014 We have had a rich and diverse start to the year, again with many engagements around the UK and Europe. UK Our first trip to Northern Ireland for Jill and I who both have Irish roots, we spoke at two business fellowships and had a wonderful connectivity and much response. We also had a great time with our friend Noel who leads transformed in Southampton. It was fun to visit the City where Terry was based for 6 years doing inner City mission work, serving the homeless, families, education and media, it brought back fond memories. This time Jill sang and Terry shared The Gospel that has so powerfully changed his life with Transformed at Victory Church Southampton, who work with people recovering addictions. It has also been a joy involved in The Big Night Out! Nights of food, fun and faith with Arena Church, where we ministered last year. Now serving them in tremendous outreach efforts at Ilkeston Derbyshire. We have seen an extra third of unchurched attend these exceptional evenings. We have also worked with another AOG Church in Wakefield, New Life Church, Gateway another initiative helping recovering addicts, with our dear friends Eric and Val, seeing many finding encouragement and release through our ministry. We also shared in a secure children’s unit Eric worked at and the event was packed with you g people and staff, we again had a tremendous response and gave away lots of resources. We are back with them again in April they enjoyed us so much! We are praying about another trip to USA, NY, NY, as we have been invited back. We have the opportunity to work with a local Church out there, and are looking at a trip out there this summer. Upcoming events New Life Church Wakefield April Ashington Family Church April Tenerife Family Church May Bulgaria New Generation meeting. ww.terryeckersley.co.uk

Terry and Jill Eckersley 2014 January to March 2014 We have had a rich and diverse start to the year, again with many engagements around the UK and Europe. imageUK Our first trip to Northern Ireland for Jill and I who both have Irish roots, we spoke at two business fellowships and had a wonderful connectivity and much response. We also had a great time with our friend Noel who leads transformed in Southampton. It was fun to visit the City where Terry was based for 6 years doing inner City mission work, serving the homeless, families, education and media, it brought back fond memories. This time Jill sang and Terry shared The Gospel that has so powerfully changed his life with Transformed at Victory Church Southampton, who work with people recovering addictions. It has also been a joy involved in The Big Night Out! Nights of food, fun and faith with Arena Church, where we ministered last year. Now serving them in tremendous outreach efforts at Ilkeston Derbyshire. We have seen an extra third of unchurched attend these exceptional evenings. We have also worked with another AOG Church in Wakefield, New Life Church, Gateway another initiative helping recovering addicts, with our dear friends Eric and Val, seeing many finding encouragement and release through our ministry. We also shared in a secure children’s unit Eric worked at and the event was packed with you g people and staff, we again had a tremendous response and gave away lots of resources. We are back with them again in April they enjoyed us so much! We are praying about another trip to USA, NY, NY, as we have been invited back. We have the opportunity to work with a local Church out there, and are looking at a trip out there this summer. Upcoming events New Life Church Wakefield April Ashington Family Church April Tenerife Family Church May Bulgaria New Generation meeting. ww.terryeckersley.co.uk

Heaven’s Kitchen ‘Terry Eckersley is a remarkable man who has achieved an extraordinary amount. Yet as he admits in this candid account of his life, all that he has done is because of a God who, through his astonishing grace, rescued him from life’s depths and changed him completely. The fact that God can transform a man like Terry today greatly encourages me in sharing the gospel: may Terry’s story similarly inspire you!’ Revd Canon J.John By Terry Eckersley

Heaven’s Kitchen

 

 

 

 
‘Terry Eckersley is a remarkable man who has achieved an extraordinary amount. Yet as he admits in this candid account of his life, all that he has done is because of a God who, through his astonishing grace, rescued him from life’s depths and changed him completely. The fact that God can transform a man like Terry today greatly encourages me in sharing the gospel: may Terry’s story similarly inspire you!’
Revd Canon J.John

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
By

Terry Eckersley
 
Heaven’s Kitchen

‘He’s a tonic’
J.John

‘Inspirational’
Surrey Advertiser
 

 

 

Heaven’s Kitchen

In the Heat of the Moment

By Terry Eckersley
 

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Heaven’s Kitchen examines how God is at his finest when we are in a crisis. When the going gets tough, God gets going and is always gracious.

Recipe for success

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. This is a quote we tend to hear a lot of the time. The challenge is, it’s hard to get out of the kitchen of life. Yes, we can take a vacation, a holiday, have a lie in, run, hide, but, sometimes, life is relentless. If you want an easy life put this book down because life is hard, and there are no exceptions. This little book will help encourage you and navigate through this wonderful journey called life, especially through times when you may feel you are in a hot kitchen or even a fiery furnace. God is always with us and He encourages us to be better, not bitter. In the kitchen of life lets turn our lemons into lemonade.

This guide will give you God’s recipe for success, his instructions on how to cook up a better and more exciting life than you could ever imagine!

 

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<H1>Aperitif: Introduction

This book is all about leadership. 1 Corinthians 2:9 says:

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No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this,
Never so much as imagined anything quite like it –
What God has arranged for those who love him.
But you’ve seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you.
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From this passage we can see that God is preparing us and His church for something more awesome than we can ever imagine. If, like me, you want a life of adventure, challenge and fulfilment then keep reading. But before we start cooking, here’s a bit about your chef . . .

Terry Eckersley

Born and raised in the Roman Catholic Church, I was half Catholic and half Jew. That’s like being a regular Roman Catholic, except I brought my lawyer along to confession!

When I was 13 my dad died. I was knocked for six. Devastated. At first I started getting into trouble at school – in fact I was outside the headmaster’s office so much everybody thought I was the deputy head! And I went a bit crazy . . . when most of my mates were playing with toy cars, I was playing with the real thing! I started joy-riding, shoplifting, committing petty crime . . . Pretty soon I was in local authority care.

But things didn’t get any better; they went from bad to really bad. I was in a cycle of drugs, crime, drugs, crime . . . in and out of care until I was 18, then youth custody and more than a life sentence in and out crime, gangs, drugs.

Transformed

Then something amazing happened. I gave my life to Christ. But at the time I had no idea of the enormity of what I was doing. And I didn’t change.

For eight more years I was off the rails. I nearly died three times from car crashes and drug overdoses – still crazy; still out of control.

It was a strange thing that saved me from it all. It was what Christians call ‘tongues’. It’s a word from the Bible, a gift from God that means you can supernaturally speak another language – sometimes a regular language, and sometimes a heavenly one.
There is a heavenly language in a heavenly kitchen.

Someone prayed for me in tongues and God gave me the gift of interpretation. Even though he was speaking these strange words, I could understand what he was saying! He was saying that Jesus had died to save me.

New life

Right there and then I became a new creation. That’s another phrase from the Bible that means I started afresh. I was born into a new life with Jesus in control. I let Jesus be the head chef in my kitchen! And he turned up the heat . . .

Aged 28 I was filled with God’s Holy Spirit. The Spirit is the power of God that comes to live in us if we ask for it. That finally gave me the strength to change. Not my strength, God’s strength through his spirit.

Walking in step

I started walking in step with God. Now he calls me and I follow his path. There’s a great picture of this in the Bible, Psalm 37:23–24:

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Stalwart walks in step with God;
his path blazed by God, he’s happy.
If he stumbles, he’s not down for long;
God has a grip on his hand.
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This book tells you how to keep in step with God by following his recipes for success. And that’s what this book does too, so keep reading.

SOUTHAMPTON YMCA AND THE SOUTH COAST: SMELL THE SEA BREEZE I met with the regional executive, she said, ‘Terry, are you really, really sure about this?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I’m fine about it.’ We prayed; I said, ‘I’m fine about it.’ I met with the chairman who asked me a few questions on housing law. I’d done a professional diploma in housing, which was amazing as I’d left school with no qualifications at all. I’d learned all about housing law and policies and procedures, I’d been diligent in that. He asked me questions on housing law and church life, and then said, ‘You’ve got the job.’ ‘When do I start?’ I asked. ‘This afternoon!’ he said. He suggested I stay for the week and then go home for the weekend and bring my stuff back. And that’s what I did. I mean, talk about the suddenlys of God, that was absolutely phenomenal. And then I had to build, not physically with my hands because the housing project was there, but build a team, a structure and a system. I had half a member of staff, she was very small! Only teasing, she was part time, called Maria and she was a faithful woman of God. I said, ‘Stand up, Maria.’ She said, ‘I am standing up!’ Seriously, she was only small but she was a great lady. Anyway, I had Maria and then all this government change came about with supporting people and contracts where you could charge for the support as well as the bricks and mortar. I got a team of seven and became very financially robust and healthy. I then went about recruiting my dream team. We had a mixed team, all great professionals and all life application faith-filled Christians. We started running Alpha courses there, Christian leadership – I mean we did work that was groundbreaking and phenomenal. I was in Andy Elmes’ church, Portsmouth Family Church. He was a friend of mine; he’d preached in Sheffield and I’d met him when I’d looked after Herbie and Lisa’s B& B and restaurant and music bar. It was just all perfectly fitted together. And Andy is not just a great friend and pastor, he is an amazing evangelist and a great man of God. I was under Andy’s ministry for five years. It was while I was on the south coast that I first got involved in the media and music industry. I’ve had twenty tracks played worldwide. Looping now, somewhere in the world ,there’ll be some of my music playing on television on ITV’s biggest-selling TV show Monkey Business, which is pretty phenomenal. I started that with no money – just a vision and a dream. I met a local movie director, Chris Barfoot, who had just been working with Prunella Scales, Shane Richie and Andrew Sachs. Chris was also working with Mark Hill, one half of The Artful Dodger, the famous UK 2Step Garage Godfather. Mark also co-wrote and produced Craig David’s platinum selling albums and had four Ivor Novello awards. Celebrities of that era where coming from London just to be produced by Mark and use songs written by him or the stable of writers and producers he had signed to his label and publishing company. I also met another guy who had had big success within the music industry, Barry Upton. Barry had been in Brotherhood of Man, the Eurovision winners and UK pop and chart act. He’d also written and worked with Stock, Aitken and Waterman. I must say, I read Pete Waterman’s autobiography at the time and it is one of the best and most inspiring autobiographies I have ever read. Now, that’s saying something as I have read hundreds of biographies of really inspiring business and Christian leaders. So, Chris, Barry and I set up a company called Think Television and rented a small office. I was getting ideas for television shows, Chris would write the treatments and Barry would do the music for them. That was the idea. I also started meeting lots of other media types and got asked to do ‘Thought for the Day’ at the local BBC, so I was getting well known and networking around the media business in the evenings and at weekends. I still worked full time at the YMCA. One of my friends from church, Tony Lister, a small balding northern guy who had a great sense of humour and was always clanging and punning, worked for the NHS in a drug relapse prevention unit. Tony wanted to make a DVD and wondered if I could help. I introduced him to another media friend of mine, Andy Sutton who’s a cool media type, tall with a beard and great aspirations. He worked at the local ITV and also for a small production company. I helped Tony in the making of this DVD with my story and a few others who had beat addiction. I also had some backing tracks of some songs I had written and had them produced in an independent studio in Southampton. The DVD was a huge success. Whilst in its making, I asked Andy where he’d got the other background music from. He told me and then I suggested that the next time he needed music for anything I would supply it for him. A few weeks later he asked for some music for a pilot for a television series about a monkey rescue centre called Monkey World, led by Dr Alison Cronin and her husband. They rescued caged and mistreated monkeys from all over the world and then they helped them recover and breed at the already successful Monkey World. I was delighted at the opportunity and asked Barry Upton if he wanted to get involved. I would write the music, he could produce it and I would then get it placed on this television show. He didn’t need to think about it, it was too speculative and he would only work for pay. It’s funny how some people think this way and lose out! I did let Andy use a couple of my tracks and in true form to my life, things started to happen very fast. The series Monkey Business was bought by Discovery Channel International and I found myself writing and producing music for ITV’s second largest-selling television show! What I had to do was recruit some friends – this was my strategy and plan of action. I would write, say, ten tracks, then give them to a budding producer to produce up according to the brief Andy would give me. One series would be Vietnamese sounding and titled music, the next could be African, from wherever location the show was being shot. I recruited two main producers and also worked with one of Mark Hill’s friends and producer Paul Tony Longland who had had some success primarily with songs. The other two guys were friends I had made at church and through my Christian network. These budding producers were Andy Bates, who first played Ebo (an effect you use to play the guitar – I first heard it on U2’s ‘With or Without You’, a beautiful haunting melody) on a track I wrote called ‘Give Me Grace’, and Owen Wilkins who rented a room off a friend of mine. The process worked. I often dropped tracks and when I picked them up passed them onto the exceptional editor Andy Sutton and thank God a lot of these tracks got placed on this ever popular show that was being shown all over the world. I saw this opportunity and I seized it with both hands. I would give the producers a 50/50 share on the writing royalty, that way we were all happy. I also had to setup a publishing company and signed these producers up to my publishing company, Think Media Music. I also then saw the potential in putting these tracks onto the Internet as I sensed people would be using the Internet more and more rather than using CDs. I could give people the ease to search, sample and download tracks into whatever medium they wished, television to radio, wherever good music was needed. I started this in about 1998 and this library has grown and grown, and to date Think Media Music has six people signed to it. Andy Bates, who put a lot in in the early days, has decided to go his own way. I wish him well and every success. I was at the YMCA National Conference a few years ago, around the Monkey Business time. My friend, another YMCA CEO, Danny Flynn, was leading it. This media company came and there was somebody there with credits from Sky BSB, ITV, Channel 4 and BBC. And I nudged Danny and said, ‘We’ve got music on all those channels bar Channel 4, but we will have soon.’ So, that’s pretty amazing. And, again, I’m not glorying in my wisdom or my riches, I’m glorying in what God has done – it’s pretty phenomenal. I learned lessons from significant Christian leaders and put them into practice in every area of my life. Success leaves clues. One person I have learned so much from is Corrie ten Boom and, like Claire Redhead, she deserves a mention in this book.

<H1>SOUTHAMPTON YMCA AND THE SOUTH COAST: SMELL THE SEA BREEZE

I met with the regional executive, she said, ‘Terry, are you really, really sure about this?’

I said, ‘Yeah, I’m fine about it.’

We prayed; I said, ‘I’m fine about it.’

I met with the chairman who asked me a few questions on housing law. I’d done a professional diploma in housing, which was amazing as I’d left school with no qualifications at all. I’d learned all about housing law and policies and procedures, I’d been diligent in that.

He asked me questions on housing law and church life, and then said, ‘You’ve got the job.’

‘When do I start?’ I asked.

‘This afternoon!’ he said. He suggested I stay for the week and then go home for the weekend and bring my stuff back. And that’s what I did. I mean, talk about the suddenlys of God, that was absolutely phenomenal. And then I had to build, not physically with my hands because the housing project was there, but build a team, a structure and a system. I had half a member of staff, she was very small! Only teasing, she was part time, called Maria and she was a faithful woman of God. I said, ‘Stand up, Maria.’ She said, ‘I am standing up!’ Seriously, she was only small but she was a great lady.

Anyway, I had Maria and then all this government change came about with supporting people and contracts where you could charge for the support as well as the bricks and mortar. I got a team of seven and became very financially robust and healthy. I then went about recruiting my dream team. We had a mixed team, all great professionals and all life application faith-filled Christians. We started running Alpha courses there, Christian leadership – I mean we did work that was groundbreaking and phenomenal. I was in Andy Elmes’ church, Portsmouth Family Church. He was a friend of mine; he’d preached in Sheffield and I’d met him when I’d looked after Herbie and Lisa’s B& B and restaurant and music bar. It was just all perfectly fitted together. And Andy is not just a great friend and pastor, he is an amazing evangelist and a great man of God. I was under Andy’s ministry for five years.

It was while I was on the south coast that I first got involved in the media and music industry. I’ve had twenty tracks played worldwide. Looping now, somewhere in the world ,there’ll be some of my music playing on television on ITV’s biggest-selling TV show Monkey Business, which is pretty phenomenal. I started that with no money – just a vision and a dream. I met a local movie director, Chris Barfoot, who had just been working with Prunella Scales, Shane Richie and Andrew Sachs. Chris was also working with Mark Hill, one half of The Artful Dodger, the famous UK 2Step Garage Godfather. Mark also co-wrote and produced Craig David’s platinum selling albums and had four Ivor Novello awards. Celebrities of that era where coming from London just to be produced by Mark and use songs written by him or the stable of writers and producers he had signed to his label and publishing company.

I also met another guy who had had big success within the music industry, Barry Upton. Barry had been in Brotherhood of Man, the Eurovision winners and UK pop and chart act. He’d also written and worked with Stock, Aitken and Waterman. I must say, I read Pete Waterman’s autobiography at the time and it is one of the best and most inspiring autobiographies I have ever read. Now, that’s saying something as I have read hundreds of biographies of really inspiring business and Christian leaders.

So, Chris, Barry and I set up a company called Think Television and rented a small office. I was getting ideas for television shows, Chris would write the treatments and Barry would do the music for them. That was the idea. I also started meeting lots of other media types and got asked to do ‘Thought for the Day’ at the local BBC, so I was getting well known and networking around the media business in the evenings and at weekends. I still worked full time at the YMCA.

One of my friends from church, Tony Lister, a small balding northern guy who had a great sense of humour and was always clanging and punning, worked for the NHS in a drug relapse prevention unit. Tony wanted to make a DVD and wondered if I could help. I introduced him to another media friend of mine, Andy Sutton who’s a cool media type, tall with a beard and great aspirations. He worked at the local ITV and also for a small production company. I helped Tony in the making of this DVD with my story and a few others who had beat addiction. I also had some backing tracks of some songs I had written and had them produced in an independent studio in Southampton. The DVD was a huge success. Whilst in its making, I asked Andy where he’d got the other background music from. He told me and then I suggested that the next time he needed music for anything I would supply it for him. A few weeks later he asked for some music for a pilot for a television series about a monkey rescue centre called Monkey World, led by Dr Alison Cronin and her husband. They rescued caged and mistreated monkeys from all over the world and then they helped them recover and breed at the already successful Monkey World.

I was delighted at the opportunity and asked Barry Upton if he wanted to get involved. I would write the music, he could produce it and I would then get it placed on this television show. He didn’t need to think about it, it was too speculative and he would only work for pay. It’s funny how some people think this way and lose out! I did let Andy use a couple of my tracks and in true form to my life, things started to happen very fast.

The series Monkey Business was bought by Discovery Channel International and I found myself writing and producing music for ITV’s second largest-selling television show! What I had to do was recruit some friends – this was my strategy and plan of action. I would write, say, ten tracks, then give them to a budding producer to produce up according to the brief Andy would give me. One series would be Vietnamese sounding and titled music, the next could be African, from wherever location the show was being shot.

I recruited two main producers and also worked with one of Mark Hill’s friends and producer Paul Tony Longland who had had some success primarily with songs. The other two guys were friends I had made at church and through my Christian network. These budding producers were Andy Bates, who first played Ebo (an effect you use to play the guitar – I first heard it on U2’s ‘With or Without You’, a beautiful haunting melody) on a track I wrote called ‘Give Me Grace’, and Owen Wilkins who rented a room off a friend of mine.

The process worked. I often dropped tracks and when I picked them up passed them onto the exceptional editor Andy Sutton and thank God a lot of these tracks got placed on this ever popular show that was being shown all over the world. I saw this opportunity and I seized it with both hands. I would give the producers a 50/50 share on the writing royalty, that way we were all happy. I also had to setup a publishing company and signed these producers up to my publishing company, Think Media Music.

I also then saw the potential in putting these tracks onto the Internet as I sensed people would be using the Internet more and more rather than using CDs. I could give people the ease to search, sample and download tracks into whatever medium they wished, television to radio, wherever good music was needed. I started this in about 1998 and this library has grown and grown, and to date Think Media Music has six people signed to it. Andy Bates, who put a lot in in the early days, has decided to go his own way. I wish him well and every success.

I was at the YMCA National Conference a few years ago, around the Monkey Business time. My friend, another YMCA CEO, Danny Flynn, was leading it. This media company came and there was somebody there with credits from Sky BSB, ITV, Channel 4 and BBC. And I nudged Danny and said, ‘We’ve got music on all those channels bar Channel 4, but we will have soon.’ So, that’s pretty amazing. And, again, I’m not glorying in my wisdom or my riches, I’m glorying in what God has done – it’s pretty phenomenal. I learned lessons from significant Christian leaders and put them into practice in every area of my life. Success leaves clues. One person I have learned so much from is Corrie ten Boom and, like Claire Redhead, she deserves a mention in this book.
 

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<H1> Contents

Introduction

1. Unexpected Beginnings
2. St Mary’s School, My Family and Music
3. Further Education, Detention Centre
4. Leaving School and Starting Work
5. Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll
6. Borstal Training
7. Near-Death Experiences
8. HMP Prison
9. Her Majesty’s Pleasure and Mine?
10. A Job and No Drugs!
11. The Whole Room Lit Up
12. Church, Celebrities, Gangsters and the YMCA
13. Southampton YMCA and the South Coast: Smell the Sea Breeze.
14. On The Job: Thank God for the Bed Bugs
15. It Sounds Like a Long Way, It’s Within Woking Distance
16. Challenges Including Steve Jobs Victory
17. Looking to the Future