Lee worked as a Captain onboard an FPSO – a cross between a ship and an oil rig – 120 miles east of Aberdeen in the North Sea.
When back home with his wife and three boys, worshipped at Deane Parish Church, in Bolton.
Reflecting on his time at sea, Lee says, “there was always a great camaraderie on board” but recalls that worship could be challenging, “on a small platform in middle of the North Sea.”
So, Lee began a Sunday morning ‘cell church’ onboard, where fellow Seafarers could meet weekly to read and discuss the Bible together, to pray for each another, and to pray for the crew onboard.
“Seafarers are generally so open-minded,” says Lee.
“When you have experienced the power of the sea and storms at night it makes you open to something beyond the secular world.
“It is not difficult to have faith-based conversations”.
Describing his own faith, Lee explains, “When I am outside on a ship or a boat at night, I look at the night sky and I don't have any doubts at all. It confirms my faith. I can see God in the stars; I can see His power and His love.”
It is at those times, Lee says, that he remembered the verses from Psalm 107: 'Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the great waters; they saw the deeds of the Lord, his wondrous works in the deep.'
Lee is currently on placement at Oldhams Church in Bolton, completing his studies at St. Mellitus College and will be ordained as Deacon in July.