Alan Jamieson is the Senior Pastor at South West Baptist church in Christchurch and has trained as a teacher, Air Force Officer, sociologist, pastor and is now in the process of training as a Spiritual Director in the Ignatian tradition. His PhD, and subsequent books and articles were based on his research on why people leave their church and their journeys of faith beyond regular church involvement. He is married to Sandra, who is deputy principal in a Christchurch school. Together they enjoy time with their two married kids, three grandchildren and exploring different parts of NZ and the world. Alan is a member of the International Society for Empirical Research in Theology and holds a Ph.D., B.Ed.; B.A. (hons); and B.D. and is working towards a Post Grad Certifcate in Strategic Leadership. He has taught courses at Carey, Laidlaw, Canterbury and Victoria Uni’s and Stirling College (Melbourne).