This is the Blog of Tony Miles (Superintendent Minister and Team Leader of Methodist Central Hall, Westminster).
Tony is a Methodist Minister, broadcaster, and author. This blog is for anyone who may find it helpful.
Tony grew up in Epsom, Surrey (England), and became a Christian in 1979. He first worked as a money broker for a stockbroking firm in the City, London, whilst running a mobile discotheque semi-professionally in the evenings (“Catch 45 Mobile Disco”). His life then changed direction when he went to Cliff (Bible) College (1983/4), after which he worked as a Lay Pastoral Assistant at Epsom Methodist Church (1984/6).
He married Frances (1985) and they have 2 children (Hannah and Jonathan) and four grandchildren. Called to the ministry, Tony was trained at Wesley College, Bristol (1986/89). His first ministerial appointment consisted of 4 churches in the Colchester Circuit (1989/95); his second post was in the London (Forest) Circuit – 2 churches in Loughton (1995-2004). In 2004 he joined the ministerial team at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster (part-time) and in 2013 became the Deputy Superintendent and full-time at MCHW from 2014. He was later appointed as Superintendent Minister in 2020.
In 2004 he pioneered an ecumenical Media Chaplaincy – primarily to support commercial radio in London and Essex. The project ended formally when he became full-time at MCHW, but he continues to be involved as a broadcaster and continues to offer pastoral support as a Chaplain to those he has built relationships with who work in the Media.
For over 13 years Tony was the Saturday breakfast presenter on Premier Christian Radio, but from January 2011 he reduced his ‘on-air’ hours and now presents the Saturday Quiet Time from 6 am – 8 am. He became a regular contributor to the 5.45 am slot on BBC Radio’s Pause for Thought with Vanessa Feltz in 2010 to date and has occasionally contributed to Pause for Thought on the Zoe Ball Show.
Tony has written three books: ‘Maybe Tomorrow’, ‘Maybe Today’ and ‘Like A Child’ (which he wrote with his wife Frances). For over 14 years, he contributed to the devotional Living Light (Nationwide Christian Trust), which was also broadcast on Premier Christian Radio.
Tony was a founding trustee (and former Chair) of the Church and Media Network (including the theMediaNet). He is a trustee of Methodist Central Hall, a Connexional trustee for the Central Hall Westminster building, and a non-Executive Director of Central Hall Westminster Ltd (Aka Central Hall Venues).
Tony is also a Rotarian and a member of the Langley Park Rotary Club. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and past president of the Loughton and Buckhurst Hill Rotary Club.
Tony lives in Shirley, Croydon and Tony has over 27 years of experience as a commercial radio presenter and many years of history with hospital radio. In 2017 he was declared an ‘International Honouree’ by the Spin Awards 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Tony is married to Frances and they have two adult children and two grandchildren. His interests include popular music, holidays, writing, walking, listening to birdsong, and Fulham FC.