Although he grew up in a home environment that rejected all forms of organised religion, Simon always considered himself half Jewish and was very proud of his father’s family history. Being Jewish was never really about faith in God but it was a significant part of his identity.
After graduating from University College London, Simon worked in publishing and finally the television industry where he ran his own hire business. Despite some business success and a stable marriage, in his late thirties he had a nagging sense that there must be more to life than just the material.
In 2004, with the birth of his first son Felix, Simon seriously began to question the meaning of life. While not actively searching for God, God was certainly searching for him!
After a series of seemingly unconnected encounters with Christians, Simon finally called out to God for answers and had an encounter with the living God that transformed his life.
Soon after his profession of faith in Jesus as Messiah, Simon was baptised in his local church where he is still a committed member. He became an immediate witness to people on the street which naturally led him to a large Jewish community in Golders Green where he had worked as a teenager.
His passion for Jewish missions grew which eventually led to his serving with another Jewish mission agency as a full-time missionary. There his passion for personal evangelism, especially among the Ultra Orthodox, was kindled.
Now on staff with Chosen People Ministries, Simon has dedicated himself to engaging with Jewish people wherever he finds himself. His desire is to grow the existing work in Golders Green and to continue weekly outreach in Stamford Hill, the largest Ultra Orthodox community in North London. Central to this process are the close partnerships he has developed with Pastors and churches in these very Jewish neighbourhoods.
Simon is married to Maxime and they have two sons Felix and Jacob.