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Calderdale Methodist Circuit : John Travis

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John was born in Oldham, Lancashire, into a Primitive Methodist family, in 1952.

In 1960 the family moved to Ripponden.

John was educated at Sowerby Bridge Grammar School and Sheffield University. He worked in Road Haulage specialising in hazardous chemicals retiring in 2007 before his luck ran out.

Married to the long suffering Lesley in 1982 and father to the unimpressed Joshua and Jacob.

Apart from preaching John’s interests range from poetry to architecture and good food. He played rugby for Halifax Vandals and Old Rishworthians and later refereed but now concentrates on long distance walking.

He believes that the King James’ version of the Bible is the jewel in the crown of English literature, and holds that the NIV is the work of an illiterate, probably employed by Walt Disney.

It is believed he once preached from a New Testament text, but there is no verifiable evidence of this.

His services tend not to include choruses and there is no specific time for which he will preach: ‘Stand up, say what you have to say, then sit down.’

Desert Island Book – Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne.