Although I was born in a Christian family in 1958, I became a practicing Christian at the age of 17. After finishing my secondary education, I worked in a tax office for six years and received further training there. At the age of 23 I left my job and worked as a volunteer student worker in Belgium and the Netherlands for two years. From 1983-1985 my wife and I lived in the UK, where I obtained my Bachelor in theology. In 2004 I got my MA in Theology from Tyndale Theological Seminary in the Netherlands and in 2009 I got my doctorate (Doctor of Ministry) in transformational leadership in Christian-Muslim relations from Bakke GraduateUniversity in Seattle, USA. I work predominantly as trainer and consultant in the area of Christian-Muslim relations in Europe.

I am married with Jenny and we have two children and five grandchildren.