Ex-police chief speaks at Norwich dinner
2012: Simon Taylor, a former Norfolk police chief and a well-known Christian, who hit the national headlines when he said that ‘prayer changes things,’ shared his own remarkable story as the special guest speaker at a Norwich FGB fellowship dinner on Friday, March 9, 2012.
During 25 years’ successful service with the police, Simon became Deputy Chief Constable of Norfolk, responsible for a £100 million police budget.
He initially studied law with the aim of becoming a barrister, but switched to a police career in which he eventually specialised in measures to counter terrorism and major crimes. In Europe, he also experienced the aftermath of the conflict in Croatia and Bosnia.
Born in Surrey and married to Jayne, a research nurse, Simon is the son of a London shipping agent and grandson of a special constable who served during the General Strike in May, 1926.
Simon came to faith as a teenager and says his faith today is ‘central to who he is and what he does.’ He is a former national president of the Christian Police Association.
When asked if he had a Bible verse which has influenced his career and public service, he quotes Micah 6:8 (Message version) which says:
'But God has already made it plain how to live, what to do,
what He is looking for in men and women.
It's quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbour,
be compassionate and loyal in your love,
And don't take yourself too seriously —
take God seriously.'
This dinner is one of a series of monthly events organised by the Norwich Chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship (FGB), which is endorsed in the UK by the Archbishop of York who says, “We need more men like them.”
The global fellowship has more than 7,000 local chapters spread across 160 countries.
Pictured above is Simon Taylor.