Lionel is an ordained Baptist Minister, though is currently working full time as a maths teacher. He has a very eclectic church background and counts himself blessed to have known the Lord from an early age. He was baptised by immersion on Easter Sunday in 1991. He took his first Sunday service at the age of 21 and has been actively involved in leading services, mission, church planting and church leadership in various forms in the years since. In 2010 he was encouraged to ‘go and get some training’ and graduated from the Scottish Baptist college in 2014. He has also served as treasurer of the Scottish Baptist Lay Preachers Association prior to becoming ordained. He is married to Mo, who was formerly the Youth Development Coordinator for the Baptist Union of Scotland. They have two children and have been attending Peebles Baptist Church since 2018.