I am a freelance writer, speaker and consultant on bioethical issues.
I was born and initially schooled in Cambridge, but most of my secondary education was at Reading School. From 1966 to 1976, I studied at Leeds, Pennsylvania State and Nottingham Universities. From 1976 to 2001, I was a lecturer in biochemistry and bioethics at the Institute of Biological Sciences, the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Then I took early retirement and wrote two books on bioethical issues in two years.
In 1982, I became the founding chairman of the Aberystwyth LIFE Group and co-founder of Evangelicals for LIFE, a specialist grouping within the charity, LIFE. From 1984 until 2009, I was a member of the Central Committee of LIFE, the UK's leading pro-life organisation and from 2009 to 2017, I was on its board of trustees. From 1989, I was a member and sometime chairman of the Social Issues Team of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) and since 2004, a member of its successor, the Social Issues Team of Affinity.
I have lectured, debated, broadcast and written about bioethical issues for the last 30 years and more. These activities have taken me throughout the UK, as well as to Denmark, Germany, Japan, Holland, Latvia, Canada, Poland, the Isle of Man and Romania.
From 1972, I have been
married to Wendy - my first wife - and we
have been members of Alfred Place Baptist Church in
Aberystwyth since 1977. We have three grown-up
children: Simeon, Benjamin and Anna - a lawyer, a
scientist and a teacher - and six granddaughters:
Esther, Rachel, Naomi, Mia, Tiana and Gwen, and two
grandsons: Joshua and Caleb. My hobbies include
fruit and vegetable growing and inshore boat-fishing
in Cardigan Bay from our boat, Lazy Lady.
From 2003 until 2017, I was a magistrate sitting on
the Ceredigion Bench.
address: 4 Cefn
What people have said about my Updates on Life Issues:
Congrats on an extraordinarily wide-ranging, lucid and well-written update on pro-life issues around the world. And many thanks for it. You are obviously in very good nick! Professor Jack Scarisbrick.
That is wonderful work you are doing. Immensely helpful. You must keep going faithful brother. Rev. Geoff Thomas.
Thanks John, always look forward to your Updates, always interesting and alarming!! Just when we think things couldn't get any worse, they do! Mrs Eileen Maher.Thank you for the latest Update on Life Issues. I always value reading all the items to keep me up to date. Some of your items are always new to me, but I very much appreciate the way you present and often add a new angle to the issues I do know about from other sources. Mr Rod Badams.
Thank you as always for the thorough and intriguing Updates on Life Issues news. Pastor Regan King.
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