Paul is an experienced communicator who is passionate about destigmatising mental health.  He uses his own turbulent and redeeming story of living with the challenges of bipolar to put mental health on the agenda. Paul believes that his story can be a vehicle for inspiration that brings change in the lives of others.
Paul’s own journey of restoration led him into the healing ministry. Paul combines mental health awareness with holistic healing.

Paul is from Cape Town in South Africa, now living in Pretoria. He holds a Masters degree in Christian Studies from the University of Cape Town. He was ordained in 1990 as a UK Baptist minister and later transferred to the Methodist Church of Southern Africa. Paul has led churches in England and Malawi and South Africa. Paul has recently moved over to the Vineyard Association of Churches and is on part of the pastoral team (part time) at Centurion Vineyard Christian Fellowship.

Paul’s motivation for his work in mental health and healing comes from his own deeply personal experience, having suffered from bipolar disorder since the age of 15. After 37 years of silence about his bipolar disorder, out of fear for the stigma and the shame of being labelled as “mentally ill”, he finally chose to speak out, and to speak out boldly.

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    Paul was born and bred in Cape Town, South Africa where he attended Westerford High School. He experienced a depressive psychotic episode at the age of 15. He then went on to suffer annual bouts of depression. He went to the University of Cape Town and studied a BA majoring in English and History. It was doing his second year at the University of Cape Town that Paul was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after a psychotic manic episode. He was advised by the professionals to give up studying, as it was proving too stressful.  He completed his degree and went on to do his Higher Diploma of Education also at the University of Cape Town. After a brief stint of teaching, Paul read theology at London School of Theology and was awarded a BA Hons degree. In 1990 Paul was ordained as British Baptist. After 7 years in the UK Paul went to Malawi and served as the senior Pastor of Blantyre Baptist Church. It was in Malawi in 1994, that Paul first become involved in the healing ministry.

    Further, Paul served in a number of churches in Cape Town. In 2003 Paul obtained his Masters in Christian Studies from the University of Cape Town.

    In 2007 Paul followed his wife Donne to Atlanta in the United States and did online English teaching. In 2008 Paul and Donne returned to South Africa, where he transitioned from the Baptist church to the Methodist church. Paul has served as a Methodist minister in Alberton in Johannesburg, in Witbank in Mpumalanga and thereafter was seconded by the Methodist church to raise awareness around mental health and healing.

    Recently he moved over to the Vineyard Association of Churches and is on part of the pastoral team (part time) at Centurion Vineyard Christian Fellowship.

    Paul has two children Rebecca and Peter, enjoys walking his dog, keeping fit and rides a Triumph Tiger 1050.

Issues of mental health, depression in particular, will affect 1 in 4 people during their lifetime. This means almost everybody is at some stage during their lives affected in some way, either as a sufferer or a carer, family member, friend or work colleague. Yet there remains very little awareness or encouragement around mental health and wellness.