Hi Steve, how’re you settling into your new role as Principal of the College?
It is a privilege to serve as Principal of Newbold. Newbold has a very fond place in the hearts of our family. I enjoyed greatly the years I spent here a decade ago. At this current time there are several challenges and opportunities to navigate as Newbold emerges from the restructuring.
What is your most favourite thing about Newbold as an institution?
I have always enjoyed the collaborative approach of my colleagues. We can have rich professional discussions from different perspectives, and yet continue to value the others perspective. I also enjoy meeting the alumni and hearing their memories of their time here – especially when they see Newbold as a significant place in their personal and spiritual development.
Here is where is we get to know you a little better, Steve. Quick-fire round time!
What is your favourite way to spend a day off? Where might we find you?
I enjoy going to new places, walking around and photographing nature and interesting sites.
Where’s the next place on your travel bucket list and why?
I don’t often get to attend to my travel bucket list. Amongst many places which hold an interest, Narisa and I would love to cruise the North-West Passage. We are fascinated by scenery we have seen in the promotional material as well as the stories we have heard from those who have already done that trip. Until then there are many places in Europe and the rest of the world we would love to visit.
You’re looking at the menu for the rest of your life, and there’s just one food on there. What is it?
A good supply of cashews and peanuts!
What is on your desert island disc?
I’m not sure I could survive with only one disc. I really like Sandy Patti’s Finest Moments, Steve Green’s The Mission, Graham Kendrick’s Sacred Journey, Marleta Fong’s Give Me Jesus and more.
Can you share a verse or a quote that is sure to uplift you when you need it most?
It’s always Psalm 23:
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
“Meet people in their world.”
Do you have any pet peeves?
People in the right two lanes of the motorway driving below the speed limit!
If you could describe the Newbold experience in just three words, what would they be?
A vibrant and stimulating community.