Youth pastor Wayne is passionate about helping teenagers and being present for his own kids:
Where’s home for you?
Describe (to a 5 year old) what you do during the daytime:
I talk to a lot of people, helping them deal with life and to get to know God. I also play a lot of games with teenagers (youth pastor).
Married, kids, etc?
Married, 4 kids – Danni 21, Tay 8, Charis 6, Josiah 4.
When I grow up I want to be..
Living, loving and laughing!
Tell us one thing you’re passionate about.
God and people.
Favourite childhood game / activity?
Making up my own version of crystal maze.
Who is the best superhero?
Favourite kids’ book?
When I was little I wanted to be..
A teenage mutant ninja turtle.
A father is..
A protector and provider. An encourager and equipper. A supporter and supervisor. A leader and life bringer. A comforter and carer. A mentor and a creator of great memories.
Tell us about someone who has been a father to you.
I find this hard to answer as my dad left when I was young and wasn’t in my life for over 10 years. We restored relationship in my twenties and since then he has been a good dad to me but it’s been a long process. I have had some great spiritual fathers in my life that have played a key role, particularly one of my old church leaders who always encouraged me and helped me to develop.
Think of a family you really admire – what do you like about them?
They have fun together, enjoy hanging out, listen and cheer one another on.
What inspires you to take responsibility?
Seeing the affect that not having a dad around had on me and wanting it to be different for my kids.
What advice would I give my younger self?
Enjoy each season, don’t worry as much, trust God, sleepless nights will come to an end!
Favourite thing to say to your kids?
I love praying with them before they go to sleep and telling them I love them and God loves them; when they are good, when they do bad, all the time!
Main parenting challenge right now?
My eldest son is 8 and is very strong willed and independent, he seems to continually push the boundaries so I am continually needing to work with him on what is right and wrong, he is very emotionally led and expressive and needs a lot of time so meeting his emotional needs is very important. Giving him good time, enforcing boundaries and not getting frustrated with him would be my biggest challenge.
When I became a parent I suddenly realised..
It’s a huge responsibility!
What kind of father do you want to be?
A good one! It’s great knowing God as my perfect father, if I can model something of Him to my kids then that would be great.